Free and Discounted Services
Free streaming media
Comcast and Spectrum are currently offering free internet for people who didn't have internet before. Comcast's offer requires families to be low income. Spectrum requires you have a K-12 student or college student in your home.
Free books and Audio Books
You can get free books and audio books from sites like Libby if you have a library card. If you don't have a library card use Project Gutenberg, or the Open Library. Also Audible has just started offering free children's books while schools are close. Hoopla is offering up to free movies, books or audio books a month. Without wait lists or fees.
Food banks & Hot meals
The Food Bank for Monterey County is offering free food distribution to seniors Tuesdays, 11:00am - 4:00pm, at 4 Heitzinger Plaza in Seaside. Epiphany Lutheran and Episcopal Church is running a food bank and offering free hot meals on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Find more information HERE
Websites with resources for Covid-19
The United Way has created a Google Document with resources for providers with numerous links to food banks, child care, loans and more. Click HERE to visit their google doc.
Local anthropologist Maren Elwood has added a page to her website that has information about pandemics, Covid-19 and free documentaries you can watch. Click HERE to visit the site.
Monterey County Schools Providing Free Meals For Students
Many Monterey county schools are now offering free meals for students to pick up. You do not need to be a student at that particular school however a student must be present to pick up the meal. You can not pick up food for a student who is not present. You can see a list of schools which are offering free meals and where they are offering them here. There is also an app which just came out, while it's kind of glitchy and needs some work it's definitely a nice additional resource, you can download and find more information about it here.
Supermarkets offering senior hours.
As of March 18, the following stores are offering some ways for elders and others at risk to access groceries. Please make sure to double check the specific store near to a client so that the information on timing is accurate. This list could also be growing as these companies figure out their own strategies.
Costco-Until further notice, Costco warehouses will open from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday for members ages 60 and older, and for those with physical impairments. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours
Target – special hours on Wednesdays beginning March 18. First hour of shopping, 8 am – 9 am is reserved seniors and those with health conditions. https://corporate.target.com/about/purpose-history/our-commitments/target-coronavirus-hub?lnk=Acoronavirusupd
Raleys/Bel Air/Nob Hill – Coming Soon – offering Senior Essentials Bags for $20 placed in front of the store each day at 7 a.m. with mix of fresh items and pantry staples. First come, first served. https://www.raleys.com/senior-essentials-bag/
Whole Foods – Starting Wednesday – individuals 60+ will visit the store one hour before it is open to the public. Monterey Whole Foods will open from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Wednesdays for seniors. Regular store hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. https://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/how-whole-foods-market-is-responding-to-covid-19
Safeway/Albertsons/Lucky – Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. for vulnerable shoppers. https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/newsroom/shopping-hours-for-vulnerable-customers.html
Dollar General – First hour of every day for elders and others. Open at 8 a.m. – elders to shop from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. http://www2.dollargeneral.com/About-Us/pages/storelocator.aspx
Free E-visit and medical services
Everyone 18 years and older has access to free digital medical visits and doctor consultations. CHOMP has set up a digital service where you can receive help for potentially dangerous medical conditions without needing to leave the house. To set up an e-visit just click here.