The Lunch Box

Watch this spot for an update on information on our monthly luncheons and speakers held at the Italian Athletic Club 3541 Cherryland Avenue, Stockton CA 95215 at 11:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month, except June and December.

The July 9, 2020, luncheon guest speaker will be Officer James Smith from CHP 
The August 13, 2020, luncheon guest speaker will be Julie Cosgrove of Simple Solution/Senior Downsizing and Relocation

VISIT OUR WEBSITE EACH MONTH FOR UPDATES ON THE MONTHLY LUNCHEONS





Member News

UPCOMING 2020 EVENTS

Retiree Open Enrollment Meetings - CANCELED

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the open enrollment meetings that were scheduled for April 30 have been canceled. Materials are scheduled to be mailed on April 22.  If you wish to make changes  to your County-sponsored insurance, submit your form(s) to SJCERA by May 29. Changes will take effect July 1. Additional information will be posted at the SJCERA Website.

RPESJC Annual Picnic - June 11, 2020 -
CANCELED

RPESJC MONTHLY MEETINGS - If you would like to join in on the RPESJC Monthly Meeting Conference Call please call 978-990-5000 at 10:00 am on the 4th Thursday of each month.  When prompted please dial in code 898183# and you will be joined in on the meeting. 


VISIT OUR WEBSITE EACH MONTH FOR UPDATES ON OUR

 UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES




URGENT MESSAGE FROM SJCERA (SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION)

Your SJCERA Retirement Benefit is Secure

Recent events, including the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, have caused a downturn in financial markets. SJCERA would like to reassure our members that your benefits are secure. As a member of a defined benefit plan, your lifetime retirement allowance is not tied to investment returns, but is calculated based upon your age at retirement, years of service and salary.

At SJCERA, we invest for the long-term, rather than days, weeks or months. While our returns may fluctuate in the short-term, our investment strategy is designed to generate positive returns over decades. The SJCERA investment portfolio is broadly diversified in order to mitigate the effects of periods of market volatility and uncertainty such as the one we are currently experiencing.

BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE A SJCERA POWER OF ATTORNEY JUST IN CASE

We're all doing all we can to keep ourselves, our families, co-workers and customers safe in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It's understandable that SJCERA members are asking, "What happens to my retirement if an illness (or injury) prevents me from making decisions?

The SJCERA Special Power of Attorney (POA) form is specifically designed for SJCERA members and helps to provide peace of mind should you become unable to act on your own behalf.  You choose which duties they will be allowed to perform, such as filing a retirement application making a benefit election or designating beneficiaries.

We hope you never need it, but just in case, be prepared:  Go to the SJCERA.org website and download the Special Power of Attorney form from the home page and mail it to SJCERA 6 S. El Dorado Street, Suite 400, Stockton, Ca. 95202

STATE ROLLS OUT MASSIVE FREE MEAL PROGRAM FOR SENIORS AMID VIRUS PANDEMIC

Visit: 
 https://www.recordnet.com/news/20200424/state-rolls-out-massive-free-meal-program-for-seniors-amid-virus-pandemic
to read this article.  See below for eligibility requirement.
Eligibility restrictions

WHO QUALIFIES?

Those 65 or older or otherwise high-risk because they have the coronavirus; were exposed to the coronavirus as documented by a public health official or medical professional; or have an underlying health condition.

Participants must live alone or with one other eligible adult. They can’t be receiving assistance from other federal nutrition programs and can have income of no more than $74,940 for an individual or $101,460 for two. That is 600% of the federal poverty level.

They must state they are unable to prepare or obtain their own meals.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED?

An “unlimited number of meals,” Newsom said: three a day, seven days a week. Restaurants will be reimbursed up to $66 per day: $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch and $27 for dinner, and an additional $5 for “incidental expenses.”

But no junk food. The state will set nutritional guidelines, but leave it to local jurisdictions to decide which restaurants qualify. Although it’s not clear how the guidelines will be enforced, Newsom said there will be an emphasis on locally produced produce, independent restaurants and a “diversity of options” and meals.

State guidance is that breakfast be low in sodium and with 100% fruit juices. Lunch and dinner must also must be low salt and include a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable on each dish.

WHO PAYS?

The federal government will reimburse 75% of the cost and location governments will pick up the rest. The state will then reimburse three-quarters of the local cost. Newsom said local governments will benefit from the the sales taxes collected on the meals.

Newsom provided no estimate of an overall cost for the program but said he thought “millions” of the state’s 5.7 million people 65 and older could qualify. If just one million sign up and get all $66 per day the cost would be about $2 billion per month.

Newsom said the program will continue as long as the virus crisis persists.

HOW CAN YOU SIGN UP?

Stay tuned. The state’s website says “as the local programs get established in the next few days, more information will be provided.” Newsom said seniors can call their local 2-1-1 information network call centers if they have one, or go to the state website. The state also plans an outreach program.

Officials say participants can apply with a phone call and provide “self-certification” on the eligibility requirements listed above, similar to the way they can assert that they are eligible for other disaster programs.




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