On March 17, Sonoma County’s health officer issued an order for all residents to shelter in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The order directs all people to stay at home except for essential activities like getting groceries or going to the doctor. 

For older adults and other vulnerable populations, like those with existing health conditions, it’s especially important to protect yourself. You can do this by maintaining social distance (avoid group settings and keep at least six feet away from others when you venture out) and practicing good hygiene. 

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Here are some resources for seniors and other groups throughout the county who may need help safely getting meals, filling prescriptions and receiving other types of care.

Information and Referral Phone Lines

Area Agency on Aging Information and Assistance Line, (707) 565-INFO (4636) or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For adults age 60+ who need assistance to find community resources. Leave a voicemail or email with contact information, and social worker will respond within 48 hours, Monday – Friday. In English and Spanish. 2-1-1

Information & Referral service for Sonoma County, Dial 2-1-1 or type your zip code to 898-211 to talk/text with a call taker 24/7. You can also text “COVID19” to 211211 for pre-recorded information and resources.

Grocery Stores Offering Delivery, Pickup or Senior Hours

Grocery stores offering delivery, pickup or senior hours include Albertson’s, Arena Market & Cafe, Costco, Gualala Supermarket, Molsberry Market, Oliver’s Market, Petaluma Market, Pacific Market, Penngrove Market, Raley’s, Safeway, Sonoma County Farm Trails, Sonoma Market, Target, Vintage Home Delivers, Walmart, and Whole Foods. 

Find additional details here. 

Meal Services

Senior Dining Sites and Nutrition Programs

Coastal Seniors: (707) 882-2137, www.coastalseniors.org

Gualala Community Center: Closed. No dining.

Point Arena Site: Meal pick-up only Mon. Tues. and Wed. Home delivery available for seniors and adults with disabilities who cannot get to pick up site. Must call by 4:00 pm the day before to order a meal. Home Delivered Meals are on Mondays (hot meal and frozen for Tues.) and Wednesdays (hot meal and 4 frozen meals). Food bank is open the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30am). Deliveries on Tuesday and Thursday. Preparing to change to offering five-day frozen pack

Council on Aging: (707) 525-0143 All Dining Sites are closed. Clients have the option of 5-day meal pick-ups at locations on dates below. The senior must call by 10 a.m. the day before pick up in order to receive a meal pack. Clients must be age 60+. Those who are NOT a current lunch program clients must complete an intake form. Anyone 60 and older can pick up a 5-day frozen meal pack on the following dates:

  • Cloverdale Senior Center Tuesday, March 31, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Rohnert Park Senior Center Wednesday, April 1, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Santa Rosa – Council on Aging (Pick up/Drive through), Thursday, April 2, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Sebastopol Senior Center Wednesday, April 1, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Healdsburg takeaway meals only
  • West County Community Center Frozen food packs to go only

Petaluma People Services Center (707) 765-8488, www.petalumapeople.org

RSVP to pick up a meal and/or let staff know when meal is picked up that another meal will be needed the next day. Meal pick up between 12:30-1:30 PM at 211 Novak Street, Petaluma. Call if unable to pick up meal.

Meals on Wheels Home Delivery

Daily deliveries Monday through Friday and frozen meals available for the weekends. May reduce the number of meal deliveries and provide frozen and shelf-stable pack-ups if drivers become unavailable. Coastal Seniors, (707) 882-2137, www.coastalseniors.org

Council on Aging, (707) 525-0143, www.councilonaging.com Clients outside Santa Rosa receive a 5-day meal pack and one delivery per week. No change for Santa Rosa clients: daily deliveries Monday – Friday, and frozen meals available for weekends.  Will transition to one weekly delivery with multiple meals to reduce the risk of transmission.

Pharmacy Drive-up Windows and Delivery

Pharmacies offering drive-up windows and delivery include Cloverdale Pharmacy, CVS, Forestville Pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente, Lark Rexall Drugs, Petaluma People Services Center, Sebastopol Family Pharmacy, Tuttle’s Pharmacy, and Walgreens. 

Find additional details here.

Well-being, Emotional Support

Catholic Charities – I’m Home Alone Program, (707) 528-8712 Seniors can stay in touch with daily phone calls by trained volunteers.

Cloverdale Senior Center Connect Program (707) 894-4826 Staff are available 8:30-4 p.m. to talk and provide support to seniors. Volunteers are available to deliver groceries and prescriptions. Food distribution is offered for seniors 60+ 2nd and 4th Thursday 12:30-1:30pm (stay in your car and staff delivers food).

Council on Aging, (707) 525-0143 https://www.councilonaging.com/in-the-news Services available by phone:

  • Case Management: phone for new clients; check-ins for existing clients
  • Mental Health Services
  • Elder Advocacy at the Family Justice Center
  • Adult Day Programs are closed
  • Senior Care Coordination – Home visits limited to emergencies only

Petaluma People Services Center, (707) 765-8488 You Are Not Alone, weekly check-in calls for those age 60 and older or with a compromised immune system. Offered countywide. Call (707) 765-8488 or submit a referral to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Adult Day Program (Currently Closed)
  • Case Management (Accepting Referrals)
  • Family Caregiver Support Program (Exploring Online Resource)

Rohnert Park Senior Center Offering wellness phone checks to any senior who would like to be called during the shelter-in-place order. Contact Cindy Bagley, (707) 588-3452 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,https://cityofrohnertpark.hosted.civiclive.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3037873&pageID=16542692 

Institute on Aging Friendship Line, (800) 971-0016

  • https://www.ioaging.org/services 24-hour toll-free hotline for ages 60+ and adults living with disabilities. Can arrange on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults.

National Disaster Distress Helpline

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
  • SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746
  • TTY: 1-800-846-8517

Mental Health Association of San Francisco – (855) 845-7415 www.mentalhealthsf.org

A California Peer-Run warmline 24/7

General information for seniors in the time of Covid-19 from AARP:  https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/coronavirus-facts.html

The Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness has collected an extensive group of resources: https://www.endsocialisolation.org/covid19

Transportation – Volunteer Driver Programs

Most programs suspended. Travel vouchers only to riders with urgent medical appointments or critical medical needs, such as dialysis or chemotherapy, through these providers:

Sonoma Senior ACCESS, https://www.sonomasenioraccess.org Bringing together public, private and non-profit transportation options to get you where you need to go.

Catholic Charities, (707) 528-2063, https://www.srcharities.org/get-help/

Cloverdale Senior Center Connect Program, (707) 894-4826 Volunteers are available to deliver groceries and prescriptions.

Coastal Seniors, (707) 882-2137  Two buses are providing local transportation for medical appointments and essential errands as well as transportation to Santa Rosa, Fort Bragg and Ukiah for medical appointments.

Healdsburg DASH, (707) 431-3159 Operating with city staff drivers only. Essential medical appointments only. Will not transport actively ill people.

iRIDE – Petaluma People Services Center, (707) 765-8488, petalumapeople.org/seniors/transportation Essential medical appointments, grocery store and bank rides only. Drivers can pick up pre-paid grocery orders and deliver to seniors. PPSC also has partnerships with health centers to pick up prescriptions and deliver to senior clients.

Sebastopol Area Senior Center, (707) 829-2440,  sebastopolseniorcenter.org/transportation Providing transportation to medical appointments.

Vintage House Senior Center, (707) 996-0311 Providing vouchers to pay for Uber to provide transport to urgent medical appointments as needed.

Vintage House Delivers, Sonoma area, https://vintagehouse.org/vintage-house-delivers Complete online application for grocery and prescription delivery.

West County Community Center, (707) 823-1640, www.westcountyservices.org/need-a-ride/ Russian River Feeder Shuttle. Rides to medical appointments only.

Windsor Wheels, (860) 285-1992

Veteran Services

Sonoma County Veterans Services Office, (707) 565-5060 Veteran Service Specialists will provide remote services via telephone or email, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call (707) 565-5060, and press 8 to leave voicemail, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please allow two business days for a response.

More information can be found on the Sonoma County website.

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