Project Open Hand, with the help of the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS), began delivering daily meals to three single resident occupancy locations in San Francisco last week.
The decision to expand services to residents at the Altamont Hotel, Apollo Hotel, and Madrid and Parkview Hotel was in response to media coverage of residents at the Altamont and their concerns on food deliveries coming to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through the city.
Residents of the Altamont, who are sheltering-in-place, are comprised of groups that are most at-risk of contracting COVID-19, including seniors and residents with underlying health issues.
“They are older adults, and many of them have complex health issues. They are sheltering-in-place trying to maintain their own health and safety, so they can’t get out to get groceries or have other access to the nutrition that they really need to stay healthy,” Chief Executive Officer Paul Hepfer said.
Daily deliveries began on Friday, March 27 with each resident receiving one meal a day from Project Open Hand. In total, 252 meals will be delivered every day to support the nutritional needs of these residents.
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