CID’s most recent food distribution event occurred on Friday July 30, 2021 at the TownPlace Suites of Redwood Shores and at The Villa of San Mateo. CID distributed meals ready to heat in biodegradable containers carefully packaged by Noodle Girl, a modern Vietnamese food concept. The menu consisted of two choices, grilled chicken with steamed rice and cabbage salad, or baked tofu with tomato sauce and rice. Consumers commented on the fresh, colorful ingredients and large portions.
Owner and creator of Noodle Girl, Hang Truong, became as the “Noodle Girl” for her love of making noodles since she was 8 years old. Noodle Girl was introduced to CID through La Cocina, an organization that primarily provides support to women from communities of color and immigrant communities.
CID collaborated with La Cocina in late 2020. Since then, CID has executed three meal distribution events with La Cocina including meals from Delicioso Crêperie, Mi Morena and the latest collaboration with Noodle Girl. All three businesses are owned by talented entrepreneurs with unique culinary art skills. La Cocina is a grassroots organization born in the heart of San Francisco and helps get small businesses off the ground to sustainability and ultimately gain financial security.
CID collaborated with the Mental Health Association (MHA) and TownPlace Suites, a new affordable senior housing facility in Redwood Shores, to distribute meals from Noodle Girl to tenants. TownPlace Suites, managed and operated by MidPen and the MHA, is a 95-unit complex that was recently purchased as part of the Project Homekey initiative.
Case Management Services Coordinator of MHA, Kai Thornton, kindly greeted CID staff at the front office upon arrival, showing where to set up the distribution. Thornton knocked on each of the residence’s doors to remind them of the CID meal-give-away event.
This event was also taking place simultaneously while CID team members distributed Noodle Girl’s meal to seniors at The Villa at San Mateo, an Eldercare Alliance Community. CID has a strong history with The Villa residences and has had events at this location pre-pandemic.
In total, CID has distributed 415 meals to seniors and people with disabilities that are being affected negatively by the pandemic in San Mateo County, 115 at the July event, 150 at the December event, and 150 at the April event.
Additionally, CID has collaborated with Samaritan House to distribute Emergency Kits and PPE and will continue to join forces with our community partners to help the ones who need assistance most during this on-going pandemic.
In total, CID has also distributed about 400 PPE and Emergency Kits and is preparing for live emergency preparedness events in fall 2021, including attendance at the San Mateo County Emergency Preparedness Event on September 17, 2021 and a presentation at Crane Place.
Part of CID’s community education program is to educate our consumers about safety for themselves and the safety of others during the Pandemic. CID created a YouTube Vaccination channel to promote the COVID Vaccination Campaign. Earlier this year, CID produced a series of YouTube videos answering common questions about caregiving and COVID-19.
In addition to our new programs, CID offers traditional Independent Living Center programs such as housing accessibility modification, assistive technology, Peer Support and Counselling, Independent living planning and support, information and referral and Work Incentive Planning and Assistance.
Visit CID’s website to learn more about the CARES Act Program. CID’s CARES Act community education resource library includes information on caregiving, food distribution, COVID-19 Vaccine, Delta Variant & Breakthrough Infections, school meals, utility assistance, internet resources and much more. You can also apply for CID Emergency Kits & PPE, Technology Assistance and get up-dates on our next food distribution.
CID’s efforts have been on-going through the pandemic to serve our community to the best of our ability.
CID is grateful to have had the chance to collaborate with so many community partners to help our community throughout this pandemic. We could not have done this alone and would like to thank the individuals and organizations who have collaborated with us in this work.