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Seniors in Our County

Community Centers Serving Seniors

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) community centers that serve seniors are closed until further notice. This order does not apply at this time to Assisted Living Facilities as defined under Chapter 29.02 of Florida Statutes or Nursing Homes as defined in Chapter 400.021 of Florida Statutes.

Emergency Senior Meals Service Program

Enrollment for this emergency program has ended, however, enrolled seniors will continue to receive services through mid-August. Seniors in need of services can also apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have SNAP applications available for residents. Residents can also apply online at myflorida.com/accessflorida or by calling 866-762-2237 (TTY 1-800-955-8771).

Residents who are registered in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care will also be reconnected with their provider to resume any services that may have been dropped.

Medicaid Applications

Medicaid applications are available at 26 Miami-Dade libraries. Applications can be returned at these libraries, by mail, fax or at a DCF drop-box location.

Applications are available in all three languages seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Resources for Residents with Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has resources that can assist families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia illnesses.

Guidance can be provided on topics and questions about combating isolation, keeping engaged, washing tips, caregiver stress, whether family members should visit during this time, items to have in the home, and more.

Assistance is available:

  • By toll-free helpline at 1-866-232-8484, seven days a week, staffed entirely by licensed social workers who are trained in dementia care
  • By web chat on the AFA website. Click on the blue and white chat icon on the lower right hand corner of the page
  • By sending a text message to 646-586-5283

The web and text chat features are available in more than 90 languages.

Food Assistance

ACCESS Florida Application

You can apply online or download and print the application below for Food or Cash Assistance, Family related Medical assistance, Relative Caregiver, Optional State Supplementation or medical assistance for Age 65 or over, Blind or Disabled, Medicaid Waiver/Home and Community Based Services, Hospice or Nursing Home Care.

Applications for the Florida Department of Children and Families' (DCF) SNAP program are also available at 26 Miami-Dade libraries. Applications can be returned at these libraries, by mail, fax or at a DCF drop-box location.

Applications are available in all three languages seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DCF also announced a pilot program that will allow food stamp recipients to purchase groceries online from Walmart or Amazon. The benefits do not cover the cost of delivery. DCF is working with the USDA and the Florida Retail Federation to expand the network.

Summer Food Service Program

The Community Action and Human Services Department will again work with organizations to provide free, nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger this summer through Aug. 21.

Packaged meals or grab-and-go meal options will be provided to ensure maximum compliance to health and safety standards. All meals are prepared using fresh and locally grown foods.

For information on locations, call 211.

Community partners are also being sought to provide free meals to children and youth participating in summer programs at no cost to the partner.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, call Dawn Beckford at 786-469-4686 or email [email protected]; or call Susanne DeMatas at 786-469-4671 or email [email protected].

Food Distribution Events

Read about the drive-thru food distribution events happening Aug. 8-9.

Weekly food distribution with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, in partnership with Feeding South Florida

Several food distribution events take place weekly at 9 a.m. Residents are encouraged to arrive early.

All events are drive-thru. Residents must wear masks, stay in their vehicles and open their trunks when it's their turn in line.

Every Tuesday
Tamiami Park: 11201 SW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33165

Every Wednesday
Homestead Air Reserve Park: 27401 SW 127th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33032

Every Thursday
Amelia Earhart Park: 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah, FL 33013

Farm Share is also partnering with the local community for food distributions.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools offers free grab and go meals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various schools on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Miami-Dade County Libraries are also offering free grab and go breakfast and lunch meals on Fridays through Aug. 14 for kids 18 and younger. Read the list of library branches and times.

More food distribution programs

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture food distribution program that provides and distributes food to those in need. TEFAP is administered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Learn more about TEFAP.

Emergency Orders

Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 16-20
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April 4
Paragraph 1 of Emergency Order 16-20 is amended as follows: Notwithstanding and prevailing over anything in this order to the contrary, providers may offer basic, supportive and optional services, as defined in section 429.901, Florida Statutes, to persons at that person’s residence, if provision of such services is otherwise authorized by law.

Emergency Order 16-20
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March 31
Orders the following: Adult Day Cares within the unincorporated and incorporated areas of the County are hereby ordered to close, or otherwise cease all programs to deliver personal services to the elderly, effective April 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Emergency Order 11-20
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March 25
Urges persons over 65 years of age to stay home and take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Urges persons that have a serious underlying medical condition that places them at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to stay at home and take other such measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.