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COVID Updates To Services

Through adversity, we find our strength and resilience

For over 17 years, Help Me Help You has provided support to residents in the city of Long Beach and Los Angeles County.  As our community prepares for the full impact of COVID-19's (coronavirus) spread and response, Help Me Help You continues to closely monitor the situation with the health and safety of our clients, staff, volunteers, and community as our top priority. 


While we remain committed to serving the community, the following changes have been made:


We are continuing with all food distribution programs, these services will not be interrupted.



Current Food Pantry services:

  • Clients are asked to remain in their cars and they will be directed to drive through the parking lot (with the exception of Stevenson Elementary School  location). 

  • Groceries will be handed to you in a safe and efficient manner. 

  • Food will be distributed while supplies last.  

Where: Philadelphian Church, 2640 Sante Fe Ave, Long Beach 90810  

When: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month - 1 PM to 2 PM

Where: Revive Church, 668 Obisbo Ave., Long Beach 90814

When: Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month - 1 PM to 2:30 PM 

Where: Oropeza Elementary, 700 Locust Ave, Long Beach CA 90814.

When: Every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM 

Where: Stevenson Elementary School, 515 Lime Avenue, Long Beach 90810 - Entrance on 6th Street

When: Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month -11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

* Walk-ups only at this location

Where: Molaa Museum of Latin American Arts, 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach 90802

When: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month - 4 PM to 6 PM

         Walk-Up services will be provided to those with no vehicle. 

* There is no Food Pantry on Christmas or New Years day.

BENEFITS ENROLLMENT  (CalFresh * MediCal * GR * Social Security)


  • Intake will be processed over the telephone. We have suspended client-facing intake.                                                                 

  • Call us to enroll in CalFresh, MediCal, GR, and Social Security Benefits. 

  • For CalFresh, MediCal and GR call (562) 304-0048

  • For Social Security call (562) 653-7001

  • Or call the mainline at (562) 612-5001


  • At your benefit enrollment advocate request, your files can be securely uploaded.    



While our day-to-day operations will be impacted by recommendations for closures and

social distancing, we are investigating creative solutions to alleviate the impact of this

pandemic in our community.  We will continue to partner with organizations across our

region to provide as much assistance as we possibly can.



The Social Security Administration (SSA) has made significant changes to its operations and policies. As of Tuesday, March 17, local SSA offices are closed to the public indefinitely. SSA is also extending their deadlines for filing wherever possible. The agency is regularly posting information about how the pandemic is affecting its services.  Visit their website for more detailed information at



CalFresh Updates: In April, CalFresh recipients will receive an Emergency Allotment (EA) on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card. There will be two EA’s issued; one on April 11 and one on May 10. The first EA will be for any household that received CalFresh in March and the second EA for any household that received CalFresh in April.  The amount of the EA will vary by household and maybe even by month. Pandemic EBT Cards will be issued in May, contact the office for more details. 


Recertifications will be waived for 90 days – i.e. no recertification interview or paperwork required from those who have one due in the next 90 days. Benefits will continue to be granted and people will not be terminated from benefits for lack of submitting their recertification.


This page will be updated as changes occur.

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