COMMUNITY RESOURCES REGARDING COVID-19
Update from Member Agency Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley- Social Distancing
We are continuing with our efforts to serve our community. Last Saturday, we instituted a “drive thru” distribution model in order to protect both our clients and volunteers during COVID-19. It worked out really well! The parking lot was set up with signs to direct clients to line-up and remain in their cars. It helped that we were allowed to register participants due to COVID-19, rather than having them sign-in themselves. Inside, our volunteers practiced social distancing and pre-bagged canned foods, produce, meats, etc… The food bags were then delivered to and placed in the trunks of our client’s vehicles.
Shelter-at-Home Order EXTENDED for Alameda County
Alameda County joined six neighboring health jurisdictions to extend our jointly issued Shelter in Place Order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through May 3, 2020.
While the prior Shelter Order has been effective in slowing the rate of transmission of COVID-19 (“flattening the curve”), it is not enough. Given the continued increase in cases—more than eightfold since the Order was first issued on March 15th—the Bay Area Health Officers have determined that stricter social distancing is needed for a longer period of time.
The goal remains to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed. This Order is in effect until 11:59 PM on May 3, 2020, alongside the open-ended Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Newsom on March 19th; where more restrictive, our local order prevails.
The CDC continues to provide and update guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in communities. For additional information visit the CDC's website.
For general inquiries, please email email@example.com or call (510) 268-2101.
If you would like to report a "non-essential" business operating during the Shelter-in-Place Order, please email COVID19compliance@acgov.org.
Click here to read the Order.
Read the full summary of changes and clarifications HERE. <<right click link
Coronavirus shutdown in the Bay Area: Your grocery and restaurant questions answered
https://www.sfchronicle.com/food/article/Coronavirus-shutdown-in-the-Bay-Area-Your-food-15135867.php <<right click link
COVID-19 hardship grants for renters, small businesses, and nonprofit orgs
https://www.cityofberkeley.info/City_Manager/Press_Releases/2020/2020-03-30_COVID-19_hardship_grants_for_renters,_small_businesses,_arts,_and_nonprofit_orgs.aspx <<right click link
UWBA launches COVID-19 Community Relief Fund – Apply Now!
We are pleased to be able to launch the United Way Bay Area COVID-19 Community Relief Fund that will address some of the needs of Bay Area families and workers who have been impacted. Current UWBA grantees offering relief and response services in the following categories and with the following needs are encouraged to apply:
-Direct Assistance to meet basic needs of the families most affected by the economic effects of the Coronavirus spread prevention measures such as assistance with rent, housing, food, utilities, healthcare costs, or unpaid sick time.
-Worker Support such as connection to alternative employment, helping with public benefits assistance, disability benefits application assistance, and legal assistance.
-Infrastructure to be able to continue operations and provide critical services to the affected members of the community, including technology, cleaning supplies and services, etc.
Click here to find the application for current grantees: https://uwba.org/covid19fund/grantee-application/#covid19apply <<right click link
The application will remain open through May 15, 2020. UWBA will review submissions on a rolling basis and award grants until funds are depleted. The first round of reviews will take place the week of April 6th.
For questions about the fund or the application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakland Rent Adjustment Program
https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/rent-adjustment-program#effective-march-23-2020-suspension-of-all-time-limits-and-deadlines-for-rap-318260 <<right click link
Coronavirus: How long does it stay on surfaces? And in the air?
https://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/Coronavirus-FAQ-How-long-does-it-stay-on-15152021.php <<right click link
How is Alameda County Community Food Bank serving its agencies during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak? Are you planning to cancel any of your food distributions or shopping appointments?
As the situation continually develops, we are moving quickly working with member agencies to identify and implement changes to food distributions that are measured, safe and scalable so we can better serve our community during this crisis. We will continue to hold distributions with our partner network, closely monitoring recommendations from the health department and making any necessary adjustments. If a distribution is canceled, clients can call our Emergency Food Helpline: 1-510-635-3663 to find out the closest location to them that is operating.
What food services are available to people who are out of work now?
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together, one thing is clear: we’ll be here for as long as we’re needed. Anyone in need of food is allowed to access food distributions, groceries, etc. during the shelter in place. Please call our Helpline at 1-510-635-3663
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Can seniors still volunteer at the Food Bank?
In keeping with CDC guidance, we ask that adults 65 or older, people with serious underlying medical conditions or exhibiting symptoms of any illness, anyone who has traveled internationally, and/or is in any other high-risk group stay home at this time.
What if there is a coronavirus exposure at my program?
In case of potential exposure at your agency or your surrounding areas please due the following:
1. Send the person home and ask they get medical attention
2. Contact the Department of Environmental Health (Ronald Browder, Director of Environmental Health Phone: (510) 567-6700 Fax: (510) 337-9432 (www.deh.acgov.org))
3. Contact your ACCFB program coordinator
Tell us right away if you plan to cancel or modify your distribution. Please let us know if someone has tested positive for coronavirus at your program or distribution
Can the virus be transmitted through food?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are not aware of any reports at this time that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.
Where can I get more information about coronavirus?
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH-Health and Human Services Agency
CDPH Guidance for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission for Gatherings March 16th, 2020
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/cdph-guidance-gatherings-covid19-transmission-prevention-03-16-2020.pdf <<<right click link
OAKLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT- Students can pick-up free "grab & go" meals at 12 OUSD Sites
During the COVID-19 closure, OUSD's Nutrition Services Department will open twelve school schools throughout the city where "Grab and Go" breakfast and lunch meals will be available for all OUSD students or families and any Oakland child under 18. To ensure the least amount of contact, students do not need to be present to pick up food.
The sites listed below will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Multiple days worth of food can be picked up to take home:
Northwest/West Oakland: Sankofa Elementary, West Oakland Middle School and Hoover Elementary
Central Oakland: Oakland High School and Garfield Elementary
East Oakland: Bret Harte Middle School, Life Academy/United for Success, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Madison Park Upper, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School and Elmhurst United Middle School
-Please note that food is "grab & go" and that campuses will not be open for dining.
-Food is available to any OUSD student or family or child under 18, free of charge
-Please bring a grocery bag or cooler to bring food home for the week.
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Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network- Resource List
Our partners at Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (<<right click link) have put together a comprehensive list (<<right click link) of federal, state, and local efforts that they are continuously updating.
ACCFB (Shopping Floor)
is OPEN FOR SHOPPING APPOINTMENTS
A message from Artrese Morrison-Director of Programs
It is with mixed emotions that I share that after four years, I will be leaving the Alameda County Community Food Bank. I am moving to Kaiser to address food security within their national program. My last day is April 10th.
It has been my honor and pleasure working with and supporting you all over the last four years. I have learned so much from you all, and I continue to be in awe of the fantastic work and tireless dedication you give to our community. Although there is never an ideal time to leave a place that you love, I recognize we are in unprecedented times, and I promise to work hard to support our joint mission of addressing food insecurity. Fortunately, I was able to provide Suzan and the Food Bank 4 weeks of notice so that the transition, although challenging, would not be overwhelming. I leave confident that the network will be in great hands.
Thank you for all that you have given to me and please stay well
Remaining FEMA Funds
FEMA Funds – Deadline to spend funds has been extended
If you are an agency that received a FEMA allocation last year in order to purchase foods, please know that the deadline to use these funds has been extended to May 31st.
At this point, we have not received any word on new funding for the next phase.