This is an update on the City of San José’s efforts in leading the coordination of a countywide food distribution system in response to County and State orders to shelter-in-place.
Since the City launched “Silicon Valley Strong,” (siliconvalleystrong.org), a community call to action to ensure food security for the highest risk populations, there are now over 129 nutrition sites in Santa Clara County providing free meals to those in need.
Participating non-profits, faith-based and City nutrition sites are updated on a weekly basis. Due to changes and the timeliness required to provide accurate information, residents can access up-to-date information regarding food distribution every Monday by using the City’s Food distribution map (bit.ly/SVStrongFood). The next update will be released tomorrow, July 27.
Please note: Due to the summer vacations, there may be changes to the Youth Under 18 Meal and All Ages Meal Information.
Please also note the following changes this week:
• Dorsa Elementary, Hubbard Elementary, Painter Elementary/ Sheppard Middle (Alum Rock Union School District) *Last day of meal distribution: 7/30/20
• Dahl Elementary, Hellyer Elementary, Larion School, Santee Elementary, Windmill Spring Elementary (Franklin-McKinley School District) *Last day of meal distribution: 7/31/20
Check the flyers for the most up-to-date information. As always, please confirm and check your local school district’s website to confirm available services.
TO GET FOOD:
• Call 2-1-1, a 24-hour, multi-lingual service
• Text your zip code to 89821
• Call 800-984-3663, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley’s toll-free hotline or
• Text GETFOOD to 408-455-5181 to request assistance from Second Harvest
GREAT PLATES DELIVERED (GPD) EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 7:
The Great Plates Delivered (GPD) program partners with local restaurants to feed vulnerable populations and homebound older adults, 65 years and up, in Santa Clara County. Older adults can learn about the program, including a Frequently Asked Questions section, here (https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showdocument?id=58663). If you are a homebound senior in need or know one, please fill out the GPD Eligibility & Intake Form today. Residents in need of GPD services can call 211 or 408-350-3230, option 1, and visit www.SiliconValleyStrong.org/GPD or www.mysourcewise.com to sign up today.
ALL AGES FREE PREPARED MEALS:
The City of San José, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San José Public Library, and various school districts are providing meals for all ages at designated library and school sites. Information on the All Ages Meals can be found here (https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showdocument?id=59286). Please note Spanish, Vietnamese and Traditional Chinese versions are all on the same
Another program you may be able to access is the CalFresh Foods program. Food benefits are available to individuals and families who have been impacted by COVID-19. CalFresh provides monthly food benefits based on household income and expenses at the time of application. Even if temporary, individuals and families who have experienced a change in their circumstances may apply for CalFresh through one of California’s 58 counties. You can visit GetCalFresh.org to apply or call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) to be connected to their local county social service office.
VIRTUAL LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER:
The Virtual Local Assistance Center has been launched for @CityOfSanJose residents. It’s a one stop “go to” for information you need to help you during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. You can find information on Food Resources, Housing, Employment, Health & Wellness, Utilities and Immigrant Resources. Go to www.sanjoseca.gov/vlac or call 3-1-1 and you will find links to all of these areas on that page and if you can’t find what you’re looking for? Don’t worry. There’s information on how you can find the information you are looking for.
SILICON VALLEY STRONG:
As we move closer to slowly re-opening our community, we urge you, if you are able to, consider donating or volunteering for our community. For more information on staying safe, how to get food, and how to help including volunteering and donating, please visit https://siliconvalleystrong.org . In addition, our friends at Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, a partner in helping our community through this pandemic is in need of volunteers and donations and they can be found at www.shfb.org
*Note: Information regarding food distribution is updated weekly. The GIS map is updated daily.