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Free food and medication deliveries available for San Luis Obispo County seniors and people with chronic illnesses

Posted at 4:45 PM, Mar 21, 2020
Free food and medication deliveries available for San Luis Obispo County seniors and people with chronic illnesses

San Luis Obispo County residents 65 years and older and residents with chronic health conditions who can't get to the grocery store or pharmacy can now get food and medicine delivered for free.

With the San Luis Obispo County's no-cost Food and Medication Resource Plan, county workers will deliver food and prescription medication to those in self-isolation who need the resources most.

To the get the service, residents will have to take a survey to assess their daily needs. Once the need is reviewed and approved, the county will follow-up with a phone call to set up deliveries.

Here's how to apply for the free deliveries:

  • Take a short online survey at ReadySLO.org (or)
  • Call the Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

“We need to take care of our community and ensure that the basic needs of our most vulnerable residents are met during this time,” said Wade Horton, the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Services Director.

No-cost groceries include dry goods, protein, and a selection of fresh produce and are intended to last one person 3 to 7 days.

Requests can be made for multiple people.

If prescription medication is needed, the resident will need to submit the prescription(s) to their preferred pharmacy to be filled and paid for before the scheduled delivery.

A no-contact delivery will be provided-- a county worker will knock on the door or ring the door bell and leave the bagged order at the door.

Officials said general food safety practices will be followed.

Community members who are under age 65 and are not receiving ongoing medical care should continue to visit essential businesses as necessary.