In San Mateo County, inmates helping to feed homeless amid COVID-19 lockdown

In San Mateo County, inmates help feed homeless amid COVID-19 lockdown

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Life Moves, which operates 23 shelters and service sites from Daly City to San Jose, has had to drastically alter programs and minimize volunteers during the COVID-19 lockdown. Thanks to some of its Redwood City neighbors, however, the nonprofit has managed to provide 140 individuals at the Maple Street Shelter three meals a day.

The new partnership with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Maple Street Correctional Center has volunteer inmates and the jail food service team prepping meals for the homeless while their normal food service is temporarily suspended. The close proximity between the shelter and correctional center helped spark the collaboration.

“We are so grateful for this support for meals at Maple Street,” a Live Moves representative told Climate Online.

On average, Life Moves provides shelter for 950 people a night and feeds even more at their drop-in day center in Palo Alto, along with customized case management for homeless individuals. As part of the COVID-19 response, the nonprofit has partnered with the County to move 40 of their most medically fragile clients into nearby motels, and to bring in temporary trailers to increase capacity.

Click here to learn more about Life Moves work in the community.