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Food

  • SF & Oakland: MIXT is offering sliding scale discount codes for pick-up orders. Codes: wegotyou25 for 25% off, wegotyou50 for 50% off, wegotyou100 for a free meal. Use codes at com or on MIXT app for pick up orders.

  • Oakland: La SantaTorta Food Truck; 333 Broadway Oakland; Free hot meals 12-2p

  • March 19: SF/Marin Food Bank distributing free fresh groceries 9a-1p outside Mission High on Dolores St.

  • List of Alameda County food banks

  • Expensify.org is matching $50 towards SNAP grocery purchases

    • Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card

    • Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free

    • Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy

    • SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card

    • Submit it to [email protected]

    • Set up your bank account to receive the funds

    • So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day

  • All: Safeway, Whole Foods, Target and several other markets and retail stores are setting aside hours just for ‘at-risk’ shoppers, including senior citizens, pregnant people and other people with vulnerable immune systems. Safeway invites ‘at-risk’ shoppers from 7-9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Whole Foods invites customers 60 and older to stores one hour before opening to the public; Target reserves the first hour on Wednesdays to ‘vulnerable guests;’ Dollar General reserves the first hour of every business day to senior shoppers.

  • SF & Oakland: MIXT is offering sliding scale discount codes for pick-up orders. Codes: wegotyou25 for 25% off, wegotyou50 for 50% off, wegotyou100 for a free meal. Use codes at mixt.com or on MIXT app for pick up orders.

  • Overview for all Bay Area free lunch distribution centers

  • San Francisco: Beginning March 17, SFUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger at 14 pick-up sites Monday-Friday. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present. Breakfast, lunch, fresh fruit, vegetables, and milk will be provided to take home. Shelf-stable meals will also be available. Families will not need to enter the school building for pick-up.

  • Berkeley: The Berkeley Unified School District Nutrition Department is serving FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH as take-away meals for school-age children 18 and younger.

    • Monday-Friday, March 16-2

    • 8:00 am – 9:30 am for Breakfast and 11:00 am – 1:00 pm for Lunch

    • There will be a tent set up outside our central kitchen at King Middle School

    • 1781 Rose St, (enter behind the school at Grant/Rose, through gate

    • 9:00 – 9:30 am for Breakfast and 12:00 – 12:30 pm for Lunch

    • Students can also go to any one of these convenient locations:

      • Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary, 2015 Virginia Stree

      • Rosa Parks Elementary, 920 Allston Way

      • Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby Street

      • Willard Middle School, 2425 Stuart Street

      • Berkeley High School, 1980 Allston Way

  • Oakland: During the COVID-19 closure, the OUSD Nutrition Services Department will open twelve schools throughout the city where ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast and lunch meals will be available for all OUSD students or families and any Oakland child under 18. To ensure the least amount of contact, students do not need to be present to pick up food. The sites listed below will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Multiple days worth of food can be picked up to take home.

  • Northwest/West Oakland: Sankofa Elementary, West Oakland Middle School and Hoover Elementary

  • Central Oakland: Oakland High School and Garfield Elementary

  • East Oakland: Bret Harte Middle School, Life Academy/United for Success, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Madison Park Upper, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School and Elmhurst United Middle School

  • Oakland: Points of Light will be delivering groceries to families with youth & children who do not have any means of transportation between the hours of 8am-12pm. Please call the designated youth director in your district

    • District 1: (850) 532-2376

    • District 2: (510) 279-5125

    • District 3: (909) 800-2245

    • District 4: (909) 800-2245

    • District 5: (650) 720-1171

    • District 6: (510) 384-9032 or (626) 272-4477

    • District 7: (786) 474-5600 or (415) 283-9173

  • All: Safeway, Whole Foods, Target and several other markets and retail stores are setting aside hours just for ‘at-risk’ shoppers, including senior citizens, pregnant women and other people with vulnerable immune systems. Safeway invites ‘at-risk’ shoppers from 7-9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Whole Foods invites customers 60 and older to stores one hour before opening to the public; Target reserves the first hour on Wednesdays to ‘vulnerable guests;’ Dollar General reserves the first hour of every business day to senior shoppers.

  • SF & Oakland: MIXT is offering sliding scale discount codes for pick-up orders. Codes: wegotyou25 for 25% off, wegotyou50 for 50% off, wegotyou100 for a free meal. Use codes at mixt.com or on MIXT app for pick up orders.

  • San Francisco: Clarity Burke, a social science teacher at John O’Connell, started a free delivery volunteer service for the immuno-suppressed. She has several volunteers ready to work.

  • Berkeley & Albany: Berkeley Food Network On-Site Food Pantry; 1925 Ninth St.

    • Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm; Monday and Wednesday 5 – 7pm; First and third Saturdays 10am – 12pm

    • Hours may change, so check back for updates. You can also call 510.616.5383 for updated hours information.

    • The Berkeley Food Network’s on-site pantry will remain open during this period of COVID-19 containment as long as we are able to source food. Anyone in need of free food is welcome to visit. BFN’s food distributions are open to Berkeley and Albany residents only.

  • Food: Berkeley Students: The Basic Needs Center is currently open through Wednesday (M-W 12 pm - 5pm), due to an MLK Student Union leadership request. We will keep days/times and location up to date. More info here. Now it is located at 103 Sproul Hall.

    • Food Pantry:

      • In order to minimize the amplification of health risks in a small space, we will transition from our daily food pantry operations to a weekly food pantry pop-up for the next two weeks. If you cannot make it to the weekly pop-up, there will be non-perishable items in the BNC, open 12pm-5pm.

      • For the next two weeks, we will have a food pantry pop-up in lower-Sproul/first floor of the MLK Student Union:

        • Tuesday, March 10th, 10-6 PM

        • Tuesday, March 17th, 10AM - 5PM

        • Cal Community will be encouraged to take what they need for the week. We will order additional inventory to account for the need.

        • The pop-up will be continuously stocked and replenished throughout the day to assure there is food for the entire population we see.

        • You are encouraged to pick up food for a student that is self-quarantined or cannot make our pop-up pantry in person. All you need is their Cal ID or Cal ID #.

  • Most Farmers Markets Stay Open

    • SF Ferry Plaza: Tues & Thurs (10a-2p), Sat 8a-2p

    • Heart of the City at UN Civic Center Plaza: Wed, Fri, Sun 7-4:30/5p

    • South Berkeley (Adeline & 63rd): Tuesdays,: 2-6:30p

    • North Berkeley (Shattuck & Vine); Thursdays 3-7p

    • Downtown Berkeley (MLK & Center): Saturdays, 10-3p

    • Montclair Village: Sundays, 9a-1p

  • All Locations: Safeway, Whole Foods, Target and several other markets and retail stores are setting aside hours just for ‘at-risk’ shoppers, including senior citizens, pregnant women and other people with vulnerable immune systems. Safeway invites ‘at-risk’ shoppers from 7-9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Whole Foods invites customers 60 and older to stores one hour before opening to the public; Target reserves the first hour on Wednesdays to ‘vulnerable guests;’ Dollar General reserves the first hour of every business day to senior shoppers. Zanotto’s Family Markets are doing morning hours particularly for seniors. They are also providing daily updates on the stock levels in their stores, so you don’t even have to risk going there to know if they have something like milk and eggs.

  • Oakland: East Oakland Collective is offering supplies and food for seniors, unhoused folks, people with compromised immune systems. Please contact EOC for availability of supplies and food at 510-990-0775 or [email protected] .

  • San Francisco and Oakland: Project Open Hand still serving and delivering meals.

  • San Francisco: Clarity Burke, a social science teacher at John O’Connell, started a free delivery volunteer service for the immuno-suppressed. She has several volunteers ready to work.

  • San Francisco: Meals on Wheels will continue operation.

  • North Berkeley Senior Center Lunch Pick-Up Service: 1900 Sixth St. M-F 11a-12p

  • South Berkeley Senior Center Lunch Pick-Up Service: 2939 Ellis St. M-F 11a-12p

  • Berkeley & Albany: Berkeley Food Network On-Site Food Pantry; 1925 Ninth St.

    • Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm; Monday and Wednesday 5 – 7pm; First and third Saturdays 10am – 12pm

    • Hours may change, so check back for updates. You can also call 510.616.5383 for updated hours information.

    • The Berkeley Food Network’s on-site pantry will remain open during this period of COVID-19 containment as long as we are able to source food. Anyone in need of free food is welcome to visit. BFN’s food distributions are open to Bekeley and Albany residents only.

Health

Specialized Health Resources for Communities

  • San Francisco : Free counseling service for parents of children from pregnancy to 3 years old - Parentline University of San Francisco. Info can be found here.

  • Oakland: Dream Youth Clinic (583 5th St) continues to be open during shelter in place. Services are for youth ages 12-24 and include medical evaluations, HIV/STD testing, birth control, and immunizations. Call 510-839-0929 ext.3 to make an appointment. Walk-ins welcome. Hours: Mon and Wed 1-5pm, Thurs 2-6pm.

  • Womxn, BIQTPOC, disable, and/or chronically ill: Jihan McDonald is offering Pay What You Can coaching & counseling sessions for cis and trans womxn as well as the BIQTPOC, disabled, and/or chronically ill community. More info here.

  • For Unhoused Communities:

    • Oakland: East Oakland Collective is offering supplies and food for seniors, unhoused folks, people with compromised immune systems. Please contact EOC for availability of supplies and food at 510-990-0775 or [email protected] .

  • LGBTQI+: Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is providingremote counseling available for LGBTQI+ survivors of violence, domestic violence, hate violence and police violence – cuav.org.

    • Relief Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC folks who are self-employed or in the service economy

  • For Sex Workers in the Bay Area: Emergency Grants for Bay Area sex workers

    • Online mental health services for sex workersorg

  • For Disabled Folks in the East Bay: The Disability Justice Culture Club is working hard to just to meet our own basic needs, but know that disabled and/or elder Black, Brown and people of color are most at risk of being harmed by COVID19. If you are a disabled person with needs right now that aren’t being met with your immediate support system, please complete this form:East Bay Disabled Folks COVID19 Support Request Form

  • Undocumented Communities:

    • East Oakland DREAMer emergency fund (up to $250, applicants must be migrant youth 15-30 years old or migrant guardian of youth aged 0-20)

    • Undocumented families who plan to apply for documentation in the future should still seek testing/treatment for COVID. COVID is public charge exempt. Read more here.

  • On March 13, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services announced that testing, prevention, or treatment for COVID-19 will NOT be used against immigrants in a public charge test. This means that immigrant families should seek the care they need during this difficult time. Below is some information about the rights of immigrants’ rights in health care settings:

    • It is safe and smart to see the doctor if you need care. Your doctor is required to honor your right to privacy. You do not need to share any information about your immigration status unless you apply for Medicaid or other health coverage.

    • You can still see a doctor without medical insurance. This includes care you receive in the emergency room, at community and migrant health centers, free clinics, and public hospitals. If you don’t have a doctor, call a local community health center for assistance. You can find a health center here.

    • Hospitals and health care spaces are safe to visit. Federal guidelines prohibit immigration agents from conducting arrests or other enforcement actions at health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, health clinics, and urgent care facilities.

    • California residents can access Keep Your Benefits for more information about how their use of public benefits may effect their documentation status. Informed Immigrant also provides resources and accurate information for immigrant families with questions about their benefits.

    • CLICK HERE to learn more about your rights when accessing health services.

  • If you feel your rights or the rights of someone you know have been violated, you can file an immigration enforcement civil rights complaint. To learn more about filing a complaint, click here.

Mental Health

  • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County is available 24/7 at 1-800-309-2131. Callers do not have to be experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings to call.

    • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County has a free Text Line Program available 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 7 days. Text SHARE to 20121. Standard text message rates apply. Texters do not have to be experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings to text. More info.

  • SF Suicide Prevention Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 415-781-0500 ,

  • California Peer-Run Warm Line is available to provide emotional support 24/7 at 855-845-7415.

  • Jihan McDonald is offering Pay What You Can coaching & counseling sessions for cis and trans womxn as well as the BIQTPOC, disabled, and/or chronically ill community. More info here.

  • Parentline University of San Francisco - free counseling service for parents of children from pregnancy to 3 years old. Info can be found here.

Self-Care

Childcare

  • San Francisco: Department of Children, Youth, and their Families offering free childcare to healthcare workers, city & county SF employees who have been activated as disaster service workers, and families on the SF Recreation & Parks Department Scholarship list. If you did not receive an invitation, but qualify, you can apply here.

Education

  • All: Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households (For more information, click here!)

  • All: Free access to L’il Libros worksheets for kids (For more information, click here!)

  • All: Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays (For more information, click here!)

  • All: MIND Research Institute is offering no cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8 (For more information, click here!)

  • All: Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages (For more information, click here!)

Finances

Income Relief

  • Oakland: East Oakland DREAMer emergency fund (up to $250, applicants must be migrant youth 15-30 years old or migrant guardian of youth aged 0-20)

  • The Safety Net Fund for Bay Area Artists:

    • The grantee must reside in the Bay Area (See attached list of eligible zip codes)

    • The grantee must provide proof of artistic endeavor within the last 6 months

    • The grantee must not be eligible for unemployment

    • The grantee must have less than $1000 of income within the last 30 days

    • Grants will be evaluated in the order received.

  • The Creator Fund: Convertkit has established a $50K fund to help creators in need.

  • Disability Insurance (DI) Claim: For those unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19. You can collect the first week that you are out of work.

  • Paid Family Leave Claim: If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19. Benefit amounts are approximately 60=70% of wages.

  • Unemployment Insurance Claim: For those whose employer has reduced hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19. Provides partial wage replacement. Parents taking care of kids whose schools have closed may be eligible for benefits.

  • For resources for freelance artists , click here!

  • For resources for bartenders , click here!

Housing

  • San Francisco: Hamilton Families will continue their programs for unhoused families

    • The Shelter Program in the Tenderloin provides safe shelter, three meals a day, and critical social services for 60 to 70 families a night for up to six months.

    • Transitional Housing provides housing and support for up to 20 families at high risk for chronic homelessness for 12 months. It provides families with the structure and support they need in order to address the root causes of homelessness and poverty and to assist them in strengthening and developing skills to acquire and maintain permanent housing.

    • Housing Services subsidy programs prevent homelessness whenever possible and assists families who have become homeless with housing search assistance, temporary rent assistance, case management, job search assistance, and other services for 12 to 20 months to help them find and retain a permanent home.

    • The Real Estate professionals identifies available housing and works with landlords to accept housing applications from housing subsidy participants. This team also serves as a liaison with landlords throughout our Housing Services subsidy programs.

  • All: STUDENTS/ FOSTER YOUTH

    • If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the Coronavirus, please email [email protected] and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.

Who's hiring?

Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave

  • Disability benefits /paid sick leave are available for those who have actually contracted the virus themselves or who have been exposed to it and are quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional in the case of Disability Benefits). Learn how to file a Disability Insurance Claim HERE.

  • Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid-19) or who has been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional). Learn how to file a Paid Family Leave Claim HERE.

Unemployment Benefits

  • Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures (and it also applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable). The Governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work (as is usually required). Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE.

  • Unfortunately though, this benefit is not available to undocumented persons whose hours are reduced or lose their job for reasons related to COVID-19, etc.

  • SCHOOL CLOSURES: If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them. You might qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE.

  • Worker’s comp is available for those who are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted Covid-19 while in the regular course of their job (i.e. healthcare workers)

Tax Assistance

Directly from the Employment Development Department: ‘Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886

  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565

  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502’

(For more information, click here!)

Small Business Assistance

Oakland

San Francisco - SBA District Office

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Apply here. CAMEO is holding a call on 3/18 at 4pm to explain the application process and answer questions. To join the webinar, click here. Call-in information: Dial US: +1 669 900 6833 Webinar ID: 956 176 760

General Bay Area

  • Facebook small business grants for businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

Elderly (65+)

Food

Safety for Survivors of Violence

  • San Francisco: La Casa de Las Madres in SOMA announced that their drop in center is closed until April 7th. Services available include confidential emergency shelter, 24/7 crisis line, safety planning, advocacy & information and referral. For support, please call La Casa’s 24/7 hotline at 877-503-1850, or message our text line at 415-200-3575

  • All: A huge list of Bay Area resources from Leap SF addressing family violence including reporting lines for abuse, crisis intervention, crisis shelters, counseling resources/referrals, legal resources.

  • If you are concerned about being quarantined in an unsafe home situation or need help, all DV shelter resources are generally available.

  • From Futures Without Violence (more links here):

    • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3223 (TTY)

    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and chat .

    • The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities: 1−844-762-8483.

    • The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT: 1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

    • National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents: 1-855-2736.

    • Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is providingremote counseling available for LGBTQI+ survivors of violence, domestic violence, hate violence and police violence – cuav.org.

Other Resources

Donate Your Items or Money

  • Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly: Help An Elderly SF Citizen with Care Kits

  • East Oakland Collective is searching for the following donations to help unhoused, elderly, and immuno-compromised people hand sanitizer, disinfect wipes (Clorox or off brand), disinfect spray (Lysol or off brand), baby/body wipes (perhaps with Aloe), rubbing alcohol, Aloe Vera gel, gloves, vitamin C drink packets, water bottles, masks, heavy duty tarps, shoe slip covers, drinking water jugs.

  • SparkSF: Donate to support meals and other consequences for our families of the COVID-19 school closures through SparkSF, a nonprofit that supports partnerships between SFUSD and philanthropic organizations. You can choose ‘student nutrition services’ or ‘Covid19 response fund’ under ‘additional information’ (after you choose a donation amount, on the website) or under step 4 (if using a phone).

Volunteer Opportunities/How to Help

  • For those able to offer services to community members in Oakland.

  • Community foundations with rapid response funds to support community services across nine Bay Area counties.

  • Disability Justice Culture Club mutual aid volunteer sign up

  • Many more volunteer opportunities in San Francisco are available in this spreadsheet.

  • Oakland At Risk Match wants to spread a message of hope and compassion by serving and loving our neighbors who are at risk of COVID-19. If you are a healthy young adult with low-risk factors for getting COVID-19, sign up today to be paired with an elder or immuno-compromised member of our community who could use your help over the next several weeks.