PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/29/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 092920
Subject:
City Announces Request for Proposals for Meal and Grocery Delivery
Businesses and Organizations Interested in Participating are Asked to Submit Applications by October 5
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (6397)
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is launching a new food security program to expand food delivery services; businesses and organizations interested in participating are encouraged to apply by October 5. The new free meal and grocery delivery program will benefit a broad segment of the community and has the potential to serve approximately 100,000 individuals, while remaining cost-effective. 

The new program is the first of many opportunities to support those needing additional assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations interested in receiving funding to procure groceries or prepare, package and deliver meals to eligible residents, along with conducting outreach, eligibility screening, and enrollment services can submit applications through the City of Long Beach’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 5, 2020. 

Prior to the pandemic, the overall poverty rate in Long Beach was 18% and there were census tracts in Long Beach where over 30% of households received Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The pandemic has exacerbated the need for food assistance, especially among older adults and low-income segments of the population. 

The City received Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support relief and community recovery and resiliency. Long Beach City Council allocated $3,000,000 toward food security initiatives. A portion of these CARES Act funds will support this new initiative. 

The Health and Human Services Department continues development of strategies to increase food access at the neighborhood level and will release additional Requests for Proposals funded by CARES Act dollars for local markets and community-supported agriculture projects. The City is also planning for drive-through and non-vehicle food distribution and nutrition education events where households are provided with “shelf stable” foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meat and dairy products, nutrition education materials and community resources. 

In addition to this new opportunities, restaurants in Long Beach may choose to access the following resources made available through the Economic Development Department:

  • Small Business Transition And Technology Grant (SBTT) Program will provide grants to support small businesses operating in Long Beach with an emphasis on those located in the geographically disadvantaged areas of the City most impacted by COVID-19. Approximately $3,300,000 is available for the SBTT Grants. The SBTT Program will provide Working Capital Grants up to $5,000 and Technology Grants up to $2,000.

  • Emergency Microloan Programis designed to support Long Beach businesses and nonprofits with five or less employees that have been financially burdened by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Between $2,500 to $10,000 is available for small businesses operating in Long Beach. Loan proceeds may go toward business expenses, such as personnel, rent, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services and more.

  • Kiva Long Beach Loan Program is an online community-lending program that is designed to support Long Beach small businesses. Between $500 to $15,000 is available for small businesses operating in Long Beach. Loan proceeds may go toward business expenses, such as personnel, rent, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services and more.

Media inquiries may be directed to the Joint Information Center, jic@longbeach.gov or 562.570.NEWS.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit: longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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