I’m worried about food

As COVID-19 unfolds in Stockton, we know that it may impact your ability to feed yourself and your family. Many community resources are still open, some of which are summarized below. If you would like to discuss these options with someone, please dial 211 or text 898211 for more information.
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Call 211 for Transportation to Access Food

211 in San Joaquin has partnered with Lyft to address transportation needs during this pandemic. Callers who are in need of food transportation services, who meet the eligibility of participating food banks and pantries (eligibility requirements specific to each food bank/pantry), and who live within the 10 mile radius of the pantries will be able to access this service by dialing 2-1-1. 

Seniors and disabled individuals who call 2-1-1 and are looking for access to transportation services such picking up medications, or being dropped off at the grocery store, will be able to receive transportation with LYFT. We provide a special code to callers looking for this type of service that will enable the free rides with LYFT.

California Food Access Programs

Restaurants Deliver, the CA food delivery program for at-risk seniors

*If you are looking for access to Restaurants Deliver, please dial 211 or 800-436-9997*

Pandemic EBT cards to access food benefits

Pandemic EBT cards are arriving in mailboxes across the state so that families can access up to $365 per child in food benefits. Families with Medi-Cal should automatically receive these food benefits. Those that do not automatically qualify can apply online here starting May 22.

Free Meal Service for Students in Stockton & San Joaquin County

Stockton Unified School District

Beginning Monday, March 23rd and while classes are canceled, Stockton Unified School District will be providing breakfast and lunch meal pick-up for any child 18 and under. The meals will be offered as a drive-thru service. Families and children should remain in their vehicles and follow direction from school staff on site. Meals will also be available to families who walk to their nearest site for meal pickup; however, there will not be any space available to eat the meals at the school, and families should plan to eat the meals at home. Meals will be available Monday – Friday between 11:30AM and 12:30PM at the sites listed at the link below.

More information on SUSD COVID-19 website

Lincoln Unified School District

Lincoln Unified is providing meal pick-up Monday-Friday at various locations. Meals include breakfast and lunch. Meals are available to any child 18 years and under, and students with disabilities, age 18-22. Children must be present to receive the meal. Locations and serving times are subject to change. Please check the district website for up-to-date information at www.lusd.net.

More information on Lincoln USD COVID-19 website

Lodi Unified School District

Beginning March 23, Lodi Unified will be provide meal pick-up Monday-Friday at various locations. Meals include lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day. Meals are available to any child 18 years and under – regardless of what school they attend. Children must be present to receive the meal. Meals are for pick-up only and will not be consumed on-site. Locations and serving times are subject to change. Please check the district website for up-to-date information at http://foodservice.lodiusd.net.

More information on Lodi USD COVID-19 website

Manteca Unified School District

Beginning March 23 and until April 3, MUSD will be providing meal pick-up Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at all comprehensive MUSD school sites (does not include New Vision High School, Calla High School, Great Valley Annex (main site will be serving), or Be.Tech High School). All students may go to the school nearest to their home. Meals include lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day. Meals are available to any student in need between the ages of 2-18 years old. Students must be present to receive the meals. Locations and times are subject to change. Please check district website for updates at https://www.mantecausd.net/.

More information on Manteca USD website

Other San Joaquin County School Districts

In addition, school districts throughout San Joaquin County continue serving critical meal resources – information is available at the link below.

Beginning March 18 and until classes are back in session, the one.Program will provide meal pick-up Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at various sites in Manteca, Lathrop, Lodi, and Stockton. Meals include lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day. Meals are available to any child 18 years and under. Children must be present to receive the meals.

More information on the SJCOE COVID-19 website

California Department of Public Education

The California Department of Public Education has developed a mobile phone app for families to find the closest school lunch pick-up locations while schools are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn how to download the app here https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/cameals.asp. 

Food Pantries & Food Distribution

Please click below, dial 211, or text 898211 for more information.

More information via 211

Grocery Stores & Food Delivery

Nourish Stockton

On April 2, Mayor Michael Tubbs announced a partnership with Chef Alice Waters and the Edible Schoolyard Project to deliver thousands of pounds to locally grown food from area farms to local food banks. The Stockton Strong coalition is working with the Mayor’s Office to get much-needed nourishment to our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. To sign up, call 2-1-1 and ask to sign up for Nourish Stockton.

  • Each week, local farmers deliver over 4,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce (fruits and vegetables) to support families in need during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Nourish Stockton primarily targets Stockton’s senior population and large households.
  • If you have any general questions during COVID-19, call 211 or email info@stocktonstrong.org.

Bread of Life

  • If you or someone you know needs food assistance, you can go to breadoflifeca.org and request a food delivery to your home from Bread of Life. While San Joaquin County is under a stay-in-place order, they are delivering food three days a week. 

Special Grocery Store Hours for the Elderly & Other Vulnerable Residents

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19. If you’re a senior citizen or have other chronic medical conditions, please protect yourself by staying at home. If you need to purchase groceries in person, there are a number of stores (links here and here) that have established shopping dedicated hours for particular groups. This includes:

  • Albertsons: From 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for “those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated.” Find the full list of Albertsons companies stores here.
  • Dollar General: The Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based discount chain announced it is dedicating the first hour in its more than 16,000 stores in 44 states to help senior shoppers “avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.” The retailer said in a tweet that there wasn’t “qualifying a specific age” for the set-aside time.
  • Safeway: From 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for “those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated.”
  • Target: The retailer will “reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests,” Target said, adding it is “encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this time frame.”
  • Save Mart: Save Mart will be setting aside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for higher risk populations to shop. This includes seniors and other vulnerable populations, like pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
  • Food Maxx: Food Maxx is part of the Save Mart Company, and they’ll also be setting aside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for higher risk populations to shop.
  • Smart & FinalThe store is opening 30 minutes early from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. to accommodate shoppers who have disabilities, who are pregnant, and who are 65 and older. To participate, you need your ID.
  • Walmart: Walmart U.S. stores will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours. Walmart is offering special shopping hours for seniors. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

Grocery Delivery Services

If you are unable to leave your home, there are delivery services like InstaCart can shop for your groceries and deliver them to your door. Please reach out to info@stocktonstrong.org or fill out the survey above if you need support in accessing these services.

More information at Instacart.com

Delivery & Take-Out Options

On March 16, Visit Stockton launched Dine Stockton in order to support local restaurant employees and their families. The intention was to keep those individuals on the job and be a resource for the community as they searched for delivery and take-out options across the city. The information is continually collected and updated (daily) and features a growing number of restaurants, some of which are offering curb-side pick-up during these difficult times.

More information at DineStockton.com

San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources

The Workforce Development Board of San Joaquin County is offering financial relief for workers during COVID-19. Workers that have been terminated, laid off, had a reduction of hours or are self-employed and unable to work due to COVID-19 are eligible for up to $800 in supportive services. Click Here to learn more, or call 209-468-3660. 
English Language Learner Grant Program is available to assist assist English Language Learners/Immigrants seeking employment-related skills, and services necessary to overcome barriers to employment, and embark on a career pathway. Click here to learn more, or call 209-468-3109.

Access the new Supervisorial District Fund

Each Supervisorial District recently received $3 million each. This new funding can be used to reimburse costs to Health Care partners, small businesses that have experienced business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and other COVID-19 related expenses. This definition may also extend to nonprofits.

Please connect with your Supervisor via email or phone (click here) so you may learn more about how you can access the dollars: 

If you live in District 1 – Supervisor Villapudua, mvillapudua@sjgov.org
If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller, kmiller@sjgov.org
If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti, tpatti@sjgov.org
If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn, cwinn@sjgov.org
If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott, belliott@sjgov.org

If you’re not sure which Supervisorial District you live in, then please use this district lookup tool.

Update on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

The IRS has begun sending payments to taxpayers nationwide. Most people won't need to take any action if they are eligible for payment. To check your payment status, visit their site.

Resources

Has your employment status changed, or are you working less hours because of COVID?

If you have lost your job or your employer has reduced your hours because of COVID-19,

UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own (including because of COVID-19). Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

If you are an entrepreneur or independent contractor who needs support,

  • You can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).The PUA benefits are payable if an individual doesn't qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also does not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. For more details, click here.

If you are looking for a new job now, 

  • Amazon is hiring in Stockton. To apply, text STOCKTONNOW to 77088 for job alerts or visit amazon.com/centralvalleyjobs.
  • Stockton Unified (SUSD) is hiring. Take a look at their open roles here.
  • San Joaquin County WorkNet provides great resources for job seekers, including programs specifically designed for getting you back to work. Click here to learn more.
  • CalJOBS is supporting the people of California in getting back to work. Search for job listings in your area here.

If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19,

file for Disability Insurance (DI).

DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member,

file for Paid Family Leave (PFL).

PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department.

If you are an immigrant who needs financial assistance, 

You can apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), a one-time state-funded disaster relief payment for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act federal stimulus payments or from pandemic unemployment benefits. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

You can begin your application with CRLAF by calling this toll-free number: 877-557-0521.

If you are concerned about COVID-19 financial scams,

CRC (California Reinvestment Coalition) has developed a helpful infographic in English and Spanish to alert people on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from scammers and bad actors. Vulnerable communities are disproportionately targeted by financial predators. 

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [English]

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [Spanish] 

If you are a farmer, rancher, producer, or you have a rural-based business, 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide that be can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by COVID-19. 

Questions about the Governor's Stay at Home Order?

For consistent updates, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors, on the Department of Homeland Security Website

What's closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants 
  • Bars and nightclubs 
  • Entertainment venues 
  • Gyms and fitness studios 
  • Public events and gatherings 
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons 
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Shopping malls
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Please click here for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the California State Government in English and in Spanish.

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