Local Grocery Stores with Seniors-Only Hours

The City has created a list of local grocery stores open for business during the COVID-19 crisis. The list includes which stores offer special hours just for seniors.


Senior Assistance

The City is adjusting its Out and About Transportation Program to medical appointments only for existing clients. The City is managing a volunteer interest list for those interested in driving for the Out and About Program once social distancing guidelines are relaxed. To be considered as a driver for the Out and About Program, please call (760) 633-2261.

The City is encouraging seniors to email [email protected] or call (760) 943-2221 if they need other assistance. This hotline and email will be checked on a regular basis, and staff and volunteers will work to help connect seniors to resources to meet their individual needs. Please note, this is not an emergency number. In the case of an emergency, call 911.

Additionally, hours for senior nutrition meal pick-up has changed. Seniors may pick-up their meals between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, between Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. To protect their health, seniors should remain in their cars and line up for curbside pick-up. Meals are also being delivered to seniors that would like that service. To enroll in the program, please call (760) 943-2258.

Great Plates Program

The County of San Diego is taking applications effective May 14, 2020 for the Great Plates Program.  Seniors that are not part of another federally funded food program are eligible and may be able to receive 3 meals daily from approved restaurants.  Residents can visit, call 1 (800) 339-4661 or 211 to learn more about the program.  This program will be offered through June 10, 2020.

Social Bridge Program

Social Bridge has set up a hotline to help coordinate essential errands and make deliveries for seniors in Encinitas. Those needing assistance can call Shifra at 858-376-7880.



Ride FACT (Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation) is a FREE service for anyone 60 years of age and older (at this time, students and parents are also able to partake in the service).This service is offered until social distancing orders are lifted. Essential travel is recommended however all rides are being honored without mileage limitation in San Diego County.

FACT prefers a one-day notice to arrange rides. They operate daily, including on weekends, and can accommodate wheelchairs. To schedule a ride, please call (888) 924-3228.

AARP Tax Aide

Tax-aide through AARP taking place at the Encinitas Senior Center has been suspended. City staff are encouraging AARP to extend these services when the senior center reopens. Information will be updated as new information is received.

In the meantime, if you are a senior and have general questions about tax preparation or the covid-19 stimulus checks, you may email [email protected].

Income Tax Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020


According to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Federal and State income tax due date has been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

Click here for more information on the Federal Income Tax Deadlines.

Click here for more information on the State Income Tax Deadlines.

Click here to visit the City’s Senior Services webpage.

Virtual Recreation Center


The City recognizes the importance for recreation in the community and is proud to offer online seniors. Quality instructors are excited to teach online classes such as Mad Science, T’ai Chi Chih, Line Dancing, Watercolor Painting, Zumba, Yoga and more, all virtually, online. Also on the Department’s Virtual Recreation Center webpage, you’ll find a listing of Senior Assistance resources and links to online activities for various ages including fitness, fun and educational activities.