I’m worried about foodAs 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. Survey
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
Dignity Health, AARP, and 211 are partnering to provide meals to food insecure seniors of color
They are offering a one-time emergency food box delivery to eligible seniors who are African American, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native seniors 50 years and older. This is regardless of ability to pay. Eligible seniors will receive a box with shelf-stable foods that can prepare up to 125 meals.
Eligible seniors can call 844-984-0946 M-F 8-4:30 to talk to a member of the Food Delivery team. You will be asked a series of questions to determine eligibility. If you don’t get a live person, you can leave a voicemail or have the option to send an email. They return voicemails and emails within 24 hours. No income verification is needed.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
Grocery Stores & Food Delivery
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.
- Each week, local farmers will deliver over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) to support families in need during the coronavirus crisis.
- Food deliveries will continue throughout April and May to places such as the Emergency Food Bank, Saint Mary’s Dining Hall and Van Buskirk Community Center.
- Nourish Stockton services will start in the first week of April, and will serve seniors (65+) who are disproportionately at risk of COVID-19. This program will officially launch on April 9th, with invitations to participate; this service will expand as resources allow.
- To express need for emergency food access in vulnerable communities, you can fill out the food survey on the Stockton Strong website.
- If you have any general questions during COVID-19, call 211 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 & Final: The 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 email@example.com or fill out the survey above if you need support in accessing these services.
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.
Questions about the Governor's Stay at Home Order?
The CA State Government has clarified at this website (please check this website often, as it is being updated rapidly) what jobs and industries are considered 'essential,' and should remain open during the stay at home period:
- Gas stations
- Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
- Laundromats/laundry services
Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services
Sectors considered by the Department of Homeland Security to be Critical Infrastructure (shown below)
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