Food is top of mind for many during the COVID-19 pandemic — how to keep your family fed amid layoffs, concerns about grocery outings and food transmission, all while trying to maintain social distance.
If you’re struggling to put food on the table, have questions about food safety or need help safely getting groceries, here are some resources to help.
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Help getting food
SoCoEmergency.org: Sonoma County says food assistance is available, but because of the increased demand on local organizations, your first resource should be family, friends, neighbors and/or caregivers who can assist you.
If you still need help, visit their food assistance web page to learn more about local services for able-bodied individuals, seniors, children and more.
Redwood Empire Food Bank: The Redwood Empire food bank is operating. See their website for information on how they are responding to the pandemic, including where to get food.
CalFresh: Monthly food benefits are available for low-income individuals and families. Find information about how to apply here. The Sonoma County Human Services Department can also help connect you to these public benefits.
211Sonoma Search for Food Pantries: Search for food pantries near you in Sonoma County.
SF Chronicle Searchable Database for Grocery Delivery: Search through a directory to help you order produce, meat and pantry goods during shelter in place.
SF Chronicle Searchable Database of Restaurants Delivering: Find Bay Area restaurants that are offering delivery during the pandemic.
A list of Sonoma County grocery stores offering delivery, pick-up or senior hours can be found on the county website.
Helping Others with Food and Donations
Press Democrat: Here are some suggestions from the Press Democrat on how to help others during the pandemic.
Volunteering: Find local volunteer opportunities from the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.