On this page you will find resources and guidance to help you cope with the many issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of income, pregnancy and breastfeeding, loss of housing, food security, and home education.

We will update this site with resources as they become available.

  • The state of California and Governor Newsom have issued many directives, regulations and executive orders with regards to the “stay home” policy, a pause on evictions, etc. Check here for an updated list.
COVID-19 Resources for Local WIC Agency Staff

USDA Food and Nutrition Services Waivers

Office Signs

Home “WIC-Space” Signs

 Teleworking and Virtual Training

Outreach Fliers

COVID-19 Facts and Office Hygiene

For Breastfeeding and Expecting Parents
Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Older children may have anxiety based on what they see online or hear in the news, and it’s just as important for them to have good information.

Employment Resources
Food Resources
  • Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children 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 schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020. Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by about May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available beginning May 22, 2020 at ca.p-ebt.org. Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May.

  • MyPlate Food Planning-COVID-19
  • Guidance for food bank staff and volunteers.
  • The CA Meals for Kids mobile app has been updated to help students and families find meals during COVID-19-related emergency school closures. It’s available on Apple, Android, or Microsoft mobile devices.
  • Enfamil Resource Center
  • Pandemic EBT The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), signed into law March 18th, allows states to implement Pandemic EBT. Under the program, families whose children are eligible to receive free or reduced priced meals and whose schools have closed due to COVID-19 will receive an EBT card loaded with the cash value of the meals their children would have received at school. Immigration status is not a factor in qualifying for the program. State administrators are working to establish Pandemic EBT in California. We will provide updates as they come.  
General Assistance
  • http://211.org/services/covid19
  • Governor Newsom has issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19
  • If you are unable to pay your rent or mortgage, here are the steps you should take now: reach out to your landlord or lender/services, maintain records of financial hardship, check your local government for protections. Learn more from the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency at: http://bit.ly/2S5DM1m
  • The Judicial Council, the head of California Courts, issued new rules for court cases in California during COVID-19. The new rules include protections for tenants that will achieve the priorities expressed by the Governor’s March 27th Executive Order, which state that a public health crisis is not the time to proceed with evictions. The rules suspend tenants’ obligation to quickly file a response to eviction cases, state that no default judgments for eviction will be issued against tenants during shelter-in-place, and suspend all orders to appear in court for eviction cases. Our summary of the rule on evictions and foreclosures can be found here.
  • Financial help for undocumented Californians.
  • If your income has been affected by COVID-19 and you’re afraid you won’t be able to continue to pay for internet service, or you didn’t previously have home internet service but your kids will need it to access school resources from home, here is a helpful round-up of different options for internet access for low-income families.
Census Resources for COVID-19
Immigrant Families and COVID-19
Education Resources During School Closures
Wellness and Mental Health

Crisis Support and Intervention
Crisis Text Line
Text SHARE to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor24/7, for free, confidential support.
Crisis Text Line counselors are available to connect about anxiety related to the novel coronavirus, isolation, students’ concerns about school, financial stress, and other concerns.

Managing Anxiety
Managing Anxiety and Stress Related to the Coronavirus 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Tips on stress and coping, with specialized advice for parents, responders, and people who have been released from quarantine.

Avoiding Misinformation on COVID-19
News Literacy Project
How to spot—and avoid spreading—misinformation, and identify reliable sources of information.

Mindfulness and Movement
Meditations for Focus, Stress, Sleep—and Even Handwashing
The Headspace app is offering a free set of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises, “Weathering the Storm,” specific to this time; a free suite of tools and guided meditations for business and employees, and free Headspace Plus accounts for providers who work in public health settings.

Dance Classes At Home
Join ODC’s teachers and community online while the physical studio doors are closed. Sign up for a live-streamed class or follow along with a Fusion Light class from Rhythm & Motion.

Exercising during a Pandemic
The Atlantic
Expert advice on getting exercise at home or while maintaining social distancing.

Sharing Art and Stories, Spreading Joy
A Daily Story to Lift Your Spirits
StoryCorps is putting some of the most heartwarming stories from their collection in a daily newsletter. Sign up for reminders of heart, humanity, and generosity from everyday people.

Virtual Museum Visits
Google Arts & Culture
Key pieces from the collections of 2,500 museums worldwide, including special online exhibits.

Supporting Children and Teenagers
For many excellent resources for supporting school-age children while their schools are closed, please see Resources for Remote Learning.

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
Child Mind Institute
Guidance for parents of young and school-age children on talking to them about coronavirus.

Teens Facing a New Normal
Strategies for teens to protect their mental health while facing a (temporary) new normal.

Recursos en Español
Maneje la Ansiedad y el Estrés
Centros para el control y la prevención de enfermedades (CDC)
Consejos sobre estrés y afrontamiento, con consejos especializados para padres, personal de auxilio y personas que han sido liberadas de la cuarentena.

Cómo Hablar con los Niños sobre el Coronavirus
Child Mind Institute
Guía para padres de niños pequeños y en edad escolar sobre cómo hablarles sobre el coronavirus.