Help for seniors and families

Seniors and other vulnerable residents

Senior woman holding vegetables in produce section of marketDuring this coronavirus pandemic, the City of Lakewood recognizes that our seniors and other residents who are housebound, disabled or otherwise isolated may need some extra help. These Lakewood resources are ready to assist you:

Wellness Check-In program. The City of Lakewood is offering a free daily or weekly wellness check-in phone call service for Lakewood seniors. If you or a Lakewood senior you know would like to participate in this free service, or needs help with almost any issue, please call city staff at the Weingart Senior Center at 562-630-6141, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Lakewood Meals on Wheels. Each day, volunteers deliver well-balanced nourishing meals of a hot lunch and a “cold” sack dinner to registered clients. The $8 daily fee is billed monthly, but low-income clients can call to discuss payment options. Call 562-925-8747 to begin receiving meals or for more information. Learn more about Meals on Wheels.

DASH Transportation. Lakewood residents (60+) who are without transportation or residents of any age with a physical or mental disability can get free rides within limited boundaries. Residents who are currently registered for HSA meal pickup and traveled to Weingart Senior Center on DASH may sign up to have the meals delivered by DASH instead. DASH has instituted social distancing on its vehicles to protect riders and drivers. DASH is also accepting reservations for a new "early hours shopping" program to assist and transport senior clients to grocery stores that offer designated hours for the elderly before the rest of the public is invited inside. For a schedule and more information about this free service, or to register, call city staff at (562) 924-0149, Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Project Shepherd. Lakewood residents in need who meet income restrictions may receive non-perishable food and basic goods, as well as utility bill assistance, through this Lakewood neighbor-helping-neighbor project for over 40 years. To apply for assistance, call the Burns Community Center at (562) 925-7512 or visit this webpage.

California has launched a hotline to deliver services and help for older Californians. Seniors can call 1-833-544-2374 to get assistance. Social isolation is real. During these trying times it’s important to check in with our loved ones.

Lakewood grocery stores with special hours

Lakewood grocery stores are offering early or designated hours for seniors to shop, and/or curbside pickup or delivery. 

Many neighbors are helping their homebound neighbors by offering to pick up items for them when they go shopping. Remember to practice physical distancing when delivering to a vulnerable person by calling ahead before leaving a bag of items in a designated area or on the doorstep. 


Since 1972, Project Shepherd has helped Lakewood residents in need with emergency food, utility bill assistance, holiday food and gifts and other specialty requests.

Project Shepherd applicants must be Lakewood residents (determined by current Lakewood mailing address and utility billing) and meet income restrictions.

Families in need may apply any time of year for help with the emergency food pantry or utility bill payment assistance.

To apply for assistance, please call the community center that serves the zip code of your residence:

If your residence zip code is 90712 or 90713, call Burns Community Center at 562-925-7512
If your residence zip code is 90715, call Palms Park at 562-865-6414

Clothing / Showers / Food Distribution resources

List of local facilities offering clothing, showers and food distribution resources

 NOTE: This list reflects the information available at the time it was compiled by city staff, and is subject to change. Please call to verify before visiting the facility.