MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – A Moreno Valley program that provides food to seniors and the disabled is going at full speed trying to meet demand amid coronavirus-related economic hardships that have also increased pressures on local nonprofits that serve the needy.

The city-sponsored MoVal Meals opened to the public a week ago and is already delivering provisions to more than 500 residents, according to the city manager’s office.

“Our MoVal Meals program is the newcomer to the work of food assistance that’s provided every day in our community by faith-based and nonprofit organizations,” Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez said. “They’ve been at this a long time, and we want to help residents locate the help these organizations are providing.”

Thousands of residents are turning to food pantries for assistance, as “food insecurity has become a very real concern for many who likely never thought they’d need to accept help,” according to a city statement.

MoVal Meals focuses on serving those who are 60 years and over, as well as individuals with life-altering disabilities.

Pantries serving residents in need include:
— Al-Rahma Food Bank, 12125 Day St., No. U104: Fridays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

— First American Medical Transportation, 24907 Sunnymead Blvd., Suite E, noon to 2 p.m. daily.

— Moreno Valley United Methodist Church, 10271 Heacock St., Monday- Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

— Oasis Food Alliance Pantry, 23750 Alessandro Blvd., Suite C, Monday- Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

— Sinai Family Center, 12880 Heacock St., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

— St. Christopher Church, 25075 Cottonwood Ave., Monday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

— Unity of the Faith Christian Outreach Ministries Inc., 13759 Redlands Blvd., first and third Saturdays of the month, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and second and fourth Fridays, same hours.

More information about MoVal Meals is available at www.movalmeals.org, or by calling 951-413-3749.