Update: April 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., the senior care package distribution has been well received by our seniors in need. Over 400 care packages have been distributed within the first hour of the distribution event. Appropriately 200 vehicles are in line to pick up the remaining. Thank you again to our wonderful volunteers, staff, and donors for making this event to assist our senior community possible.
The City of Rancho Cucamonga with the support of the community joined efforts over the course of three weeks and collected curbside donations by way of a Drive-Thru Donation Center to provide essential items to Seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City would like to recognize and appreciate the generous donations from residents, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga City Council, Assemblyman James Ramos, God’s Pantry, the Rancho Cucamonga VIP Club, Cadence Senior Living, employees of Ralph’s (Day Creek & Highland), Forest Lawn, Sunrise Assisted Living, and City staff.
The Drive-Thru Donation Center will wrap up its final days of curbside donation collections this week at Central Park (Goldy S. Lewis Community Center), 11200 Base Line Road, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ending on Saturday, April 11th. Essential items accepted for donations include: canned goods (soup, vegetables, fruit), non-perishables, pre-packaged food, food vouchers from restaurants, small denomination grocery store gift cards, travel size toiletries, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, new grocery bags/boxes for food, and gloves. Packages of individually wrapped or small serving items that can be broken down are optimal and will serve more people (for example: single serve oatmeal, sleeves of crackers, granola bars, etc.). No other items or expired food will be accepted.
“During these times of uncertainty, it’s important that we come together and assist our senior members of the community. The generosity of so many during this time really speaks to the level of compassion that exists in this community,” said Jennifer Hunt-Gracia, Community Services Director.
There will be a one day only Food Distribution to Seniors 65+ on Thursday, April 16th at Goldy S. Lewis Community Center at Central Park between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Parking lot opens at 12:30 p.m. – No early line-up. Donated items will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis; one bag will be given per senior household, while supplies last. All seniors must be a resident 65+ and show picture ID for pick-up. Seniors are asked to display their picture ID through the window of their vehicle. Staff attendants will then put the donation bag in the truck.
The City would like to thank its local officials, businesses, partners, employees, and families for their empathy, selflessness, and true display of community unity during this time. Because of these acts, seniors in Rancho Cucamonga with little access to essential items are able to be served. Seniors 65 years of age and older in need of resources can email at Seniors@CityofRC.us or call the Senior Hotline at (909) 477-2788 for more information. For updates and service information, please visit www.CityofRC.us/Coronavirus .
As an added measure of safety for the community and staff, several City of Rancho Cucamonga facilities will have adjusted operating hours beginning Monday, April 13, as we navigate through this current pandemic crisis. Please visit the City website at www.CityofRC.us/coronavirus for specific facility operating hours and information.