Where to get food resources, rent relief and other help in Long Beach during this pandemic

Local nonprofits are working to provide help to the city’s most vulnerable during this pandemic, offering essential services and products like food, shelter, sanitation supplies and even rent relief.

Many community groups have even secured additional funding through the Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund to continue their work.

Here’s a quick guide to some nonprofits and the services they provide.

*This is a growing list. If you would like us to include additional nonprofits currently providing support during this pandemic email [email protected] or [email protected] with “resource guide” in the subject line and details of how people can access the resources.

FOOD

Christian Outreach in Action provides human and pet food every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon at 515 E. Third St. They also have meals to go. Call them at 562-432-1440.

The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, through its fiscal sponsor Community Partners, is providing food assistance for immigrant families who are impacted by COVID-19. Call them at 562-204-6333.

Food Finders connects donated perishable food to nonprofit pantries and shelters. Their food pantry locator can be found here or they can be reached at 562-283-1400.

Long Beach Community Table is providing food for individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Call them at 562-548-0774 or fill out this food request application to see if you qualify. They offer home deliveries for at-risk people. For those able, they have warehouse pick-up times four times per week in Bellflower.

St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church at 6201 East Willow Street has a food bank on the first Wednesday morning of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Strength.Church has groceries available for pickup by appointment and cooked meal pickup on Thursdays 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call 562-758-0060 for details. They are located at 4645 Woodruff Ave., Lakewood.

Family Church is distributing groceries to those in need Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at any Family Church location. Their closest one is at 2094 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill.

Help Me Help You is distributing food every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Philedelphian Church, 2640 Santa Fe Ave. and every first and third Friday of the month at Revive Church, 668 Obispo Ave. at 1 p.m. Clients remain in their vehicles while they are directed to drive through a parking lot. Groceries will then be put in their backseat or trunk.

Starting May 11, these food pantries will be giving out food: 

Grant A.M.E Church at 1129 Alamitos Avenue will have a food pantry available on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Urban Community Outreach at 241 Cedar Avenue has a food pantry on Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. They will also be offering meals to go.

Church One Ministries at 700 70th Street has a food pantry available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They also offer meals to go.

Light and Life Christian Fellowship at 5951 Downey Avenue offers a food pantry on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pools of Hope at 6801 Long Beach Boulevard has a food pantry available on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

North Long Beach Prayer Center at 5239 Atlantic Avenue has a food pantry on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Awaken Ministries at 2426 Santa Fe Avenue has a food pantry on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Fountain of Life Covenant Church at 2060 Santa Fe Avenue has a food pantry on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SHELTER

Homeless

The Multi-Service Center provides outreach services, intake and assessment services, case management, as well as referrals to shelters and other social service programs to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The city has opened four temporary homeless shelters, which can be accessed by going through the Multi-Service Center. They can be reached at 562-570-4500.

Disabled Resources Center, Inc. is working to provide shelter, food and sanitation supplies to people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. They can be reached at 562-427-1000.

Domestic Violence

Women’s Shelter of Long Beach provides free and confidential support for domestic violence victims, which can include emergency supportive housing. Their 24/7 hotline is 562-437-4663. The Domestic Violence Resource Center is available at 562-437-7233 for counseling, referrals, and help to leave an abusive relationship, or help if a victim has already escaped.

Su Casa provides shelter and help for those fleeing abusive relationships. While their walk-in resource center is currently closed, their 24-hour crisis hotline is staffed and available at 562-402-4888.

Interval House provides a full range of domestic violence shelter and supportive services in over 70 languages. Their 24-hour crisis hotline number is 562-594-4555.

RENT RELIEF

Urban Community Outreach is providing rental assistance and rent deposits. Call them at 562-582-1000.

JOB RESOURCES

Pacific Gateway still has their WorkPlace doors open (with social distancing protocols in place) and can help Long Beachers find jobs. They also maintain a landing page of businesses that are hiring.

Small business resources

The city’s Economic Development Department has a business hotline to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. Call them at 562-570-4249.

SENIORS

Older Adult Resource Line is operated by the city’s health department on week days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can point seniors in the right direction for food delivery, home supplies, prescription delivery services, utility restoration and mental health resources. Call 562-570-4636 and select option 5.

Meals on Wheels is providing hot dinners and cold lunches for seniors. Call 562-439-5000 and select option 0 or visit their website.

Salvation Army has a food pantry and delivers food boxes to older adults in quarantine as well as families with some restrictions. Call them at 562-247-3528.

The LA County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services is providing temporary delivery services to older adults (ages 60 years and older), dependent adults and disabled individuals who can’t leave their homes. They’ll send a taxi at no charge to deliver groceries, household items and necessities. Individuals get four deliveries per month. Call them at 888-863-7411.

Heart of Ida is matching trained and caring volunteers with older adults who may feel socially isolated. Call 562-570-3548.

the LGBTQ Center Long Beach has a “Buddy to Buddy” call program for isolated seniors as well as “Grocery and Essential Items” delivery program. Call the Senior Services coordinator at 562-354-4817.

WISE & Healthy Aging‘s Holistic Elder Abuse Response Team program offers counseling, legal advocacy and information to disabled dependent adults and older adults experiencing abuse. For more information call (310) 394-9871 ext. 423.

IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY

The Filipino Migrant Center is providing immediate financial and social assistance to Filipino families and undocumented non-Filipino families impacted by COVID-19. Call them at 818-519-2251.

The Maye Center is providing relief to Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide. Call them at 562-704-6788 for more information.

The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, through its fiscal sponsor Community Partners, is providing food assistance for immigrant families who are impacted by COVID-19. Call them at 562-204-6333.

The state selected the following organizations to accept applications from undocumented immigrants eligible for financial assistance in Los Angeles and Orange counties. These applicants must not be eligible for other forms of government assistance, such an unemployment benefits and federal stimulus checks. Asian Americans Advancing Justice (213) 241-8880; Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)(213) 201-8700; Los Angeles Central American Resource Center(CARECEN)(213) 315-2659.

MEDICAL HELP

TCC Family Health, formerly known as The Children’s Clinic, provides healthcare services to those of all ages (children, teens, adults and seniors) with MediCal, the uninsured and those underserved, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. Call their appointment line at 844-822-4646.

The city has launched a no-cost Rapid Assessment Clinic at Long Beach City College’s Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway. The walk-in clinic is available to those who are unable to access their own doctors. Visitors can obtain assessment and treatment for common conditions, like earaches and urinary tract infections, or obtain and renew prescriptions for common medications.

MENTAL HEALTH

The L.A. County Department of Mental Health has a 24/7 hotline that gives people access to mental health services in L.A. County. Over the phone, they can help with screening, assessment, referral and crisis counseling. Their hotline is 1-800-854-7771.

National Alliance on Mental Illness has a hotline that provides free peer-support services. They can share resource referrals to help people living with mental health conditions and their family members. Call their hotline at 800-950-NAMI or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741

MORE

Childcare: Work Long Beach, a collaboration of public agencies, is connect working parents to out-of-work childcare workers. Click here for more information.

Technology: human-I-T is helping low-income families get low-cost internet, devices and laptops through various programs available statewide. For the quickest assistance text 562-372-6925, call 888-391-7249 or fill an online form here for internet assistance or click here to purchase low-cost technology.

Legal Aid: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles provides legal aid for cases on anything from domestic violence, evictions to immigration. Reach their Long Beach office by calling 800-399-4529.

Legal Aid: The LGBTQ Center Long Beach’s legal service department is providing trauma-informed support and legal resources to victims of crime who identify as LGBTQ, with services also available to those who identify as having disabilities. Services are by appointment only, call bilingual staff at 562-433-8595.

*Some of these nonprofits provide multiple types of services. 

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.
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