PALMDALE — Los Angeles County’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services Office, which operates the Antelope Valley Senior Center and funds senior meal programs, is partnering with nonprofit SBCC Thrive LA to connect rural homebound residents over age 60 in the more remote areas of the Antelope Valley with home-delivered meal service providers for free.

People can also leave their name, address and other information at 661-434-1161.

“It was kind of a collaboration with their office and ours to see if we could create a list to get the seniors connected to this service,” said Erika Schwerdt, SBCC Thrive LA community organizer for the Antelope Valley.

L.A. County Workforce Development helps adults find jobs. SBCC is a community-based organization that specifically helps community groups come up with solutions for issues within their own micro-community.  

“They needed to find the people,” Schwerdt said. “They were very interested in looking for people who were in the more remote parts of the Antelope Valley.”

Anybody from the Antelope Valley or L.A. County can apply as long as they are age 60 or older. They will get two frozen meals delivered.

Schwerdt said when the COVID-19 pandemic led to Safer at Home protocols and other restrictions they shifted their strategy on how to help homebound seniors 60 and older get food.

More than 150 people signed up so far.

“The more people we help connect to these resources the better,” Schwerdt said.

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