Family and Other Resources

Food Assistance

Student Loan Forgiveness

Consumer Protection

Department of Motor Vehicles

California Volunteers

Child Care Centers

Food Assistance

Due to COVID 19, children in California who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed.

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).

Student Loan Forgiveness

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.

Consumer Protection

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.

DMVDepartment of Motor Vehicles

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.

Field offices are temporarily closed to the public statewide beginning March 27. All appointments at this time have been canceled and no appointments are currently available. Please continue to check the DMV website for updates

The DMV has extended driver licenses expiring during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Drivers age 69 and younger with a noncommercial license that expires between March and July will receive a temporary extension through July 31, 2020
  • Customers eligible to renew licenses online are encouraged to do so
  • Driver license permits that expire in July or August are extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application, whichever is earlier
  • Commercial licenses have been extended through June 30; drivers under 70 extended through May 31
  • Drivers can request an optional paper extension online
  • Drivers 70 and older will automatically receive a temporary paper extension valid for 120 days

California Volunteers

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.

CDSSChild Care Centers

California Department of Social Services has established a statewide waiver program for operation of child care facilities, including licensees, registered TrustLine providers, and temporary employer sponsored child care, along with guidance for the implementation of prevention, containment, and mitigation measures for COVID-19.  For guidance on licensing and closure, please refer to the CDSS website.

California has created an online search tool for essential workers to find nearby child care services still operating. To find child care visit MyChildCare.ca.gov and search by location, health and safety details, ages of children, capacity, or hours of care.