Other Food Resources

Food banks

You can get free food from your local food bank. Many are distributing fresh fruits and vegetables along with other items. To maintain social distancing, many food banks are doing drive-thru distributions.

Find a food bank in CA.

2-1-1

You can dial 2-1-1 on your phone to be connected to a local resource hotline. You'll be connected to a live person who will be able to connect you to resources/programs you might be eligible for (including food, utility assistance, tax preparation, shelter, transportation, etc.). It's a free service, open 24/7.

WIC

Provides money for specific foods on a debit card (no more paper coupons!). WIC ordinarily requires you to apply in person but due to the pandemic they are doing phone applications. WIC is an income-based program for infants, children under 5, and pregnant/breastfeeding/postpartum women. Find the phone number for the office nearest you.

School meals

School districts are providing free grab'n'go meals for children 18 and under (no infants). The child does not have to be enrolled in the school district, meaning meals can be picked up for kids who are too young to attend kindergarten, who go to private school, etc.

The California Department of Education created an app to help families locate where they can get school meals. You can also find a list of school districts and their schools distributing meals here (excel sheet).

Recipes & Healthy Tips

The CA Department of Public Health has recipes and tips for staying physically active.

Eatfresh.org has recipes, shopping lists, and a forum where you can ask nutrition questions.