DMF provided added financial aid to Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) to enable their programs to expand and adapt rapidly to the Stay-In-Place environment. Before COVID-19, DMCC provided weekly grocery shopping trips for seniors; all of DMCC’s volunteer and paid drivers were over the age of 65. With DMF’s contribution, this program was adapted into contact free grocery shopping and delivery by drivers not part of the vulnerable demographic who serve those seniors staying home.
DMF has underwritten the cost of DMCC’s Tuesday Lunch Connection since its inception. The Tuesday luncheon program provided transportation to and from the Del Mar Community Building twice a month for the luncheon-speaker series. The adaptation is that DMF is funding the drivers to deliver meals to the homes of the participants. The socialization and a speaker component of the luncheon is now “delivered” on a Zoom connection. All of the food is sourced from local Del Mar restaurants.
In a new COVID19 DMF program, chromebooks and instructions on how to Zoom, email, Facebook and shop on the Internet will be provided to Del Mar seniors who lack a computer with which to connect to their doctors, family and friends in a unique partnership between DMF and DMCC.