Food Banks throughout California provide food to eligible individuals and households within their respective service areas.
CalFresh is a nutrition program for low-income individuals and families that can help households buy the food they need.
If you or someone you know has been financially affected by recent events and are pregnant, just had a baby or have children under the age of five, food assistance may be available through WIC.
CalFresh provides monthly food benefits that help individuals and families buy healthy, nutritious food. Even if temporary, individuals and families who are experiencing a change in their circumstances and need additional help may apply for CalFresh. Californian’s can visit GetCalFresh.org to apply or call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) to be connected to their local county social service office.
CalFresh recipients can now use their EBT cards to start purchasing groceries online at Amazon and Walmart. California is also working with many other retailers to expand the number of stores accepting EBT online in the weeks to follow. In addition, persons receiving CalWORKs will also be able to use their cash benefits to make purchases online at Wal-Mart.
Families can use the USDA Meals for Kid Finder to find directions to nearby meal distribution sites as well as hours of operation and contact information.
Also, the USDA National Hunger Hotline remains a helpful resource for people seeking food assistance. The hotline, operated by Hunger Free America, can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (for Spanish).
The federal government has waived interest on all student loans held by federal government agencies until further notice. Assistance is also being offered by some private loan providers. If you have been affected by COVID-19 contact your student loan servicer to see if they have options for deferment or other relief.
California’s anti-price gouging statute, Penal Code Section 396, prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. Anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, is encouraged to immediately file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office by going to the Attorney General's website or by calling (800) 952-5225.
DMV continues to provide essential services to Californians by mail, through available online services, kiosks, virtually and other means to continue processing critical transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. You can make a difference. Learn how to safely make a difference by visiting the California Volunteers website.