Volume 172 | May 18 - 22, 2020
Mayor Gutierrez to Deliver
Memorial Day Remarks Online and on TV
Normally, the City of Moreno Valley's annual Memorial Day event features music, presentation of the colors and remarks at the City's Veterans Memorial at the Civic Center. This year's event will feature Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley, delivering his remarks from a distance, via the internet and local cable TV.
"The fact that we're physically distancing and can't gather this year does not change or diminish the deep sense of gratitude and reverence we have for the brave women and men who've lost their lives defending their fellow Americans and our Constitution," said Mayor Gutierrez.
The Mayor will deliver his remarks via the City's YouTube channel , its Facebook page and local cable channel MV3 at 11 a.m., Monday, May 25.  

Coronavirus Testing Site Open in MoVal;
Young People Encouraged to be Screened
Riverside County Public Health has opened a coronavirus testing site in Moreno Valley. It's located at CrossWord Christian Church, 21401 Box Springs Road , and is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing at the county-run site is open to anyone, regardless of symptoms, and is free, but you must call and make an appointment: 1-800-945-6171

Young adults and teenagers age 25 and under are especially encouraged to be tested as that age group has been under-represented among the more than 80,000 Riverside County residents screened so far. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
New "Senior Eats" Service Now Helping
150 Residents Stay Nourished
Modifying an initiative announced by Governor Newsom recently, the City of Moreno Valley has created a new meal delivery program to help protect senior residents, the population most at risk from coronavirus.
MoVal Senior Eats , which is already operating at capacity serving 150 vulnerable seniors, delivers two nutritious restaurant meals a day to their homes, five days a week for the next two months. This program has the added benefit of providing critically needed business for local MoVal restaurants struggling to stay afloat during the crisis.
The program, a modified version of California's first-in-the-nation Great Plates Delivered program, is funded through a federal/state/local partnership in which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) pays 75% of the cost, the state pays 18.75% and the City is responsible for the remaining 6.25%.

"Adopt-a-Senior" to Say Congrats to
MVUSD Class of 2020
Coronavirus has caused the graduating Class of 2020 to have to do without a long-awaited traditional commencement ceremony. But the City of MoVal is partnering with Moreno Valley Unified and the Moreno Valley Education Foundation to show the community's support by helping residents recognize and celebrate grads through "Adopt-a-Senior."

To participate, simply email Moreno Valley Education Foundation at mvedfoundation@gmail.com , indicating any preferences for a specific grad or school, and you'll be helped to determine the best contribution (i.e., gift card, an encouraging letter, Class of 2020 t-shirt, etc). If you'd prefer to make a financial contribution to Adopt-a-Senior, visit the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/moreno-valley-education-foundation-adoptasenior.
Have YOU Been Counted?
There's Still Time to Take Part in the Census!
The federal Census is conducted just once every 10 years, and it determines how much federal funding Moreno Valley will receive for vital public services, including public safety, schools, and social programs. So it's very important for MoVal to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census. To help make that happen, the City has created a special Census web page to provide information in English and Spanish, including videos featuring Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez. The online Census form only takes about five minutes to complete.
 Important note: T he Census does NOT include a citizenship question and, by federal law, the U.S. Census Bureau must keep all collected information confidential and may NOT share it with any other government agency, law enforcement, immigration officials or landlords.