In partnership with Los Angeles County, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is providing older adults and their caregivers with in-language support to apply for the Great Plates Delivered Program.
Originally published: June 4th, 2020
Contact: Emiko Ormsbee
SEATTLE, WA – In partnership with Los Angeles County, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is providing older adults and their caregivers with in-language support to apply for the Great Plates Delivered Program. Bilingual live operators in English, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese will be available to help Los Angeles County residents submit applications to the Great Plates program. The Great Plates program provides free meals to older adults and immunocompromised individuals, while also employing local restaurants and delivery services.
“The Great Plates Delivered program will allow us to expand the capacity of our current senior meals programming so that low-income older adults with health conditions could more easily adhere to physical distancing and infection control protocols,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “This program will also provide an economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to keep their doors open, so this is a win-win for all of us.”
In addition to assisting in the Great Plates application process, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) Helpline is also providing information about COVID-19 emergency food, housing, and testing resources for older adults in Seattle and Los Angeles. Helpline counselors can refer callers to local COVID-19 testing sites, community food bank pick up sites and Meals on Wheels agencies, and how to enroll in SNAP in California and Washington.
“Older adults are not only more susceptible to COVID-19, but they’re also more likely to experience poverty and food insecurity. The Great Plates Delivered program, as well as the extra resources offered through NAPCA, are meant to keep Asian American and Pacific Islander older adults informed, safe and healthy in this unprecedented time,” said Joon Bang, CEO of National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA).
The NAPCA Helpline is currently available with live support for residents in Los Angeles and Seattle in five different languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean. All Helpline counselors are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm PST. The Helpline provides resources and information on the COVID-19, voicemail option to collect stories from older adults and their caregivers, and guided meditations in 8 languages.
English: 1-800-336-2722 | 廣東話: 1-800-582-4218 | 普通话: 1-800-683-7427 | 한국어: 1-800-582-4259 | 日本語: 1-800-398-1117 | Tagalog: 1-800-593-8087 | Tiếng Việt: 1-800-582-4336 | Español: 1-800-948-3844
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Founded in 1979, NAPCA is a national non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and diverse older adults. In its 40 years, NAPCA has served over 100,000 diverse older adults through the organization’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), and its Resource Center. For more information, please visit: www.napca.org.