COVID-19 Local Update - in Brief
March 31, 2020
Tomorrow is April 1! We got through March! Thank you for staying home, staying strong, and staying in touch with the City of Monterey. Staff from the Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Monterey Public Library have made over 1,600 calls to over 827 seniors in the past two weeks! Operation Outreach is here for you if you need it. Please call (831) 646-3933, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. if you have questions or need assistance.
Updated List of Grocery Store SPECIAL HOURS
If you are interested in shopping the special hours and qualify as an older adult or someone with a compromised immune system, you can refer to the newly updated list - also available at

Businesses and Individuals Can Minimize Food Waste by Donating
During the coronavirus pandemic, food waste and food insecurity have been on the rise, with panic buying being a primary contributor. The California Grocers Association wants to assure communities that shelves are being restocked and supplies remain plentiful.

Small businesses or individuals with leftover food can donate to the Food Bank of Monterey County, and they offer pick-ups. Accepted donations include nonperishables, refrigerated items (dairy products, produce, etc.), and prepared food (large quantities from restaurants). To arrange for a pickup, businesses can call (831) 758-1523 and ask for the Warehouse Manager, Mike.

Individual donations can be dropped off at:
  • Food Bank for Monterey County: 353 W. Rossi Street in Salinas
  • Shoreline Community Church: 2500 Garden Road (bins are in the parking lot)
  • Open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:30p – 2:30p
  • Calvary Chapel: 3001 Salinas Monterey Hwy (bins are by the patio front doors)
  • Open Wednesdays & Sundays from 9:00a – 1:00p
  • San Carlos Cathedral: 674 Cortez Street
  • Open Sundays from 1:00p – 3:00p
  • Salvation Army Sand City: 800 Scott Street
  • Open Monday – Friday from 9:00a – 4:00p

Many stores are updating their return policies due to the coronavirus. If an item in your house has been over-purchased and cannot be returned, please donate it.
New signs just posted along the Recreation Trail. Thanks for staying home.