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Senior Affairs Provides More Than 10,000 Meals for Seniors Since COVID-19 Outbreak

The City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs continues to provide essential services to seniors throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico, including transportation to doctor appointments, care coordination and meals.

March 26, 2020

The City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs continues to provide essential services to seniors throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico, including transportation to doctor appointments, care coordination and meals.

Mayor Tim Keller discussed these services in a media briefing today that you can watch here.

“Many seniors in our community rely on our services for critical support in their daily lives but we also recognize that this population is at elevated risk for COVID-19,” said Director of Senior Affairs Anna Sanchez. “That is why we have taken proactive measures to ensure that seniors can protect themselves at this time, without having to worry about where their next meal may come from.”

While senior centers throughout the City are closed in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, five senior centers have been shifted to serve as to-go meal sites for seniors 60 and older. They are:

  • Barelas Senior Center (505-764-6436)
  • Los Volcanes Senior Center (505-767-5999)
  • Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center (505-275-8731)
  • North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (505-764-6475)
  • North Valley Senior Center (505-761-4025)

In addition, Senior Affairs continues to deliver meals to homebound seniors. In total, Senior Affairs has served more than 10,000 meals to seniors since the outbreak began in New Mexico.

For those in Bernalillo County who are looking for a way to help, Senior Affairs is conducting a donation drive to help get needed items to homebound seniors. Those items include paper towels, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo/conditioner, body soap, lotion, hand sanitizer, pet food, personal hygiene products, snacks (low-sodium/sugar-free), shelf-stable food, adult briefs, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and deodorant. They can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Department of Senior Affairs Social Services Offices (1620 1st NW, Albuquerque NM)
  • Jeffery Russell Memorial Substation (12800 Lomas NE, Albuquerque NM 87112)
  • John Carrillo Memorial Substation (8201 Osuna NE, Albuquerque NM 87109)
  • Michael King and Richard Smith Memorial Substation (10401 Cibola Loop NW, Albuquerque NM 87114)
  • Phil Chacon Memorial Substation (800 Louisiana SE, Albuquerque NM 87108)
  • Shawn McWethy Memorial Substation (6404 Los Volcanes NW, Albuquerque NM 87121)
  • Gerald Cline Memorial Substation (5408 2nd NW, Albuquerque NM 87107)

Seniors 60 and over who live in Bernalillo County and have questions about what services they might qualify for, should call the Department of Senior Affairs Senior Information Line at 505-764-6400. Seniors who are interested in receiving a meal are also encouraged to call the location they would like to visit to reserve a meal. Seniors who live outside of Bernalillo County should call 1-800-432-2080.

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Emergencies challenge the delivery and management of emergency public information, warning and emergency protective action notifications. The Albuquerque Joint Information Center (JIC) functions as a coordinated Albuquerque Metro Area public information system that will gather and analyze data related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New Mexico and serve as a source of accurate and comprehensive information.