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COVID-19 Community Resources

A collection of resources to support the Central Sierra community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Email ckrjohnson@ucanr.edu with updates or additional resources. Last update: 3/30/2020.

Information from the California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women from the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding
     And the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/p/cm/ld/fid=33?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=ec03feb3-89d5-4aa8-9873-fc2fab0cdf34

Information for California Workers During COVID-19 Crisis: Filing for Supplemental Pay due to Impacts on Wages: https://ucanr.edu/sites/SLO/files/321854.pdf

Information from local county governments: Amador County - Calaveras County - Tuolumne County - El Dorado County


Emergency Food Assistance

Apply for CalFresh online (also known as food stamps or SNAP): https://www.getcalfresh.org/

Food Banks & Other Emergency Food Sites

ATCAA Food Bank (Tuolumne County): https://www.atcaa.org/food-bank

The Resource Connection Food Bank (Calaveras County): https://trcac.org/the-food-bank/

Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County: http://feedamador.org/
     And a comprehensive list of resources for Amador (contact organizations directly for the most updates schedules and information): Food Security Programs in Amador County

Food Bank of El Dorado County: https://foodbankedc.org/

Placer Food Bank produce distributions in Placerville:
      Mobile Food Pantry
      Mobile Food Pantry-Spanish

Food Resources for South Lake Tahoe: https://sites.google.com/view/community-resource-page/home
      Updated Food Resources_SLT
      Asistencia Alimentaria Actualizada en South Lake Tahoe

Assistance for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

WIC programs are currently able to provide services by telephone, even for newly enrolled clients. They can also upload benefits onto the WIC card remotely.

The Resource Connection WIC (serving Amador and Calaveras Counties)

Tuolumne County WIC

El Dorado County WIC

It is unsafe to make infant formula at home. Contact a food bank or your local WIC agency if you cannot access infant formula. More information from the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/formula-feeding/Pages/Is-Homemade-Baby-Formula-Safe.aspx

Meals on Wheels & Senior Meals

Many, but not all, senior meal sites in the Central Sierra are currently offering to-go meals. Call your local site for updated information on schedules and offerings.

Common Ground Meals on Wheels (Amador and Calaveras Counties): http://www.sierraseniorproviders.org/senior-services/meals-on-wheels/

Amador Senior Center COVID-19 update: https://www.amadorseniorcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid-update.pdf

Sierra Senior Providers Meals on Wheels (Tuolumne County): http://www.sierraseniorproviders.org/senior-services/meals-on-wheels/

El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Services COVID-19 update: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/HumanServices/senior%20services/Pages/senior_nutrition_services.aspx
     And information on pick-up meals for seniors:  https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Documents/Congregate%20Mealsites%2c%203-13-20.pdf


School Meal Sites

Check with local schools for the most updated information, but most schools in the Central Sierra are offering meals while schools are closed, either on a regular schedule or on demand. For schools and school districts looking for assistance to provide meals while currently closed, No Kid Hungry is offering grants to help; schools can complete a coronavirus grant request here: https://www.nokidhungry.org/coronavirus-grant-request

If your local school/district is not on the list below, call to see if they are preparing meals for children who need them. Most school sites can serve all children (0-18), regardless of age or which school they attend. This includes preschool aged children, private school students, and homeschool children. Known exceptions are noted below, but check with your local school to make sure.

From Dairy Council of California, a searchable list of School Meal Sites Providing Free Meals throughout California: https://www.healthyeating.org/schoolmeals

Information for some of the largest school meal programs in the Central Sierra:

Amador Unified School District (in Spanish)

Calaveras Unified School District

Mark Twain Union Elementary School District (no meal service during Spring Break, April 6-13)

Vallecito Union School District

Bret Harte Union High School (meals currently for students of BHUHS only)

El Dorado County West Slope (Placerville and surrounding areas)

Lake Tahoe Unified School District

Tuolumne County (all districts)


Food Safety & Food Storage

Latest Information from the CDC on Food Safety and COVID-19, 3/23/2020:

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day, wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

You should always handle and prepare food safely, including keeping raw meat separate from other foods, refrigerating perishable foods, and cooking meat to the right temperature to kill harmful germs. See CDC’s Food Safety site for more information.

UC ANR has a resource providing Food Safety Tips for Infant Feeding

Food Storage

SavetheFood.org has a comprehensive guide on how to store different kinds of food: https://savethefood.com/storage

UC Davis has a guide for Storing Fruits and Vegetables for Better Taste

Consult these resources from the Marin/SF Food Bank for help decoding what different code/date labels on food mean, and how long certain foods can safely be stored.




Cooking at Home

EatFresh.org has hundreds of simple and healthy recipes, many of which can be made with limited ingredients: https://eatfresh.org/ (in Spanish: https://eatfresh.org/es)

Explore the USDA's Seasonal Produce Guide, which has information to help you learn about and cook fruits and vegetables in season: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide

Cooking with Potter the Otter has fun recipes for young children: https://issuu.com/first5kids/docs/cookbook_final_online

PBS has a collection of recipes from around the world for cooking with kids: https://www.pbs.org/food/theme/cooking-with-kids/

Slow Food USA's "Good" curriculum includes many recipes designed to be made with kids, and hands-on sensory activities to learn about food: http://slowfoodusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Good-Curriculum-with-Intro-Low-Res.pdf

ChopChop Magazine includes recipes and activities that families with young children can participate in together: https://issuu.com/chopchopkids/docs/spring_20_english_highres

Food Hero has recipes ideas and resources for healthy eating: https://www.foodhero.org/ (in Spanish: https://www.foodhero.org/es/node)

Nutrition Education for Adults & Teens

The EatFresh.org Mini Course is an online class that teaches how to eat for health, save money on groceries, and cook easy, tasty meals. Sign up for free and take the class whenever it's convenient: EatFresh_Mini_Course_Flyer


Activities for Children & Families

Gardening with Kids

Slow Food USA's "Clean" curriculum is a flexible resource that includes tips on starting a garden, activities, worksheets, recipes, and more: http://slowfoodusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Slow-Food-USA-Clean-Curriculum-Low-Res.pdf

Kidsgardening.org has easy gardening activities to do with kids: https://kidsgardening.org/news-kidsgardening-offers-easy-parent-and-kid-activities/

Physical Activity Resources

Safely access local parks and open spaces: Park_Usuage_Guidelines_during_COVID-19

CATCH at Home PE resources: https://www.catch.org/pages/health-at-home

Cosmic Kids Yoga videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

GoNoodle active games for kids: https://www.gonoodle.com/

Hip Hop Public Health songs: https://hhph.org/repository/#filter=.videos 

Open PE YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAwgRLHq2cGUv67w4oU9R0A/videos

Shape America PA resources for teachers/parents: https://www.shapeamerica.org/covid19-resources.aspx 

Learning Activities

Story Time from Space (astronauts on various missions in space read popular children’s books while floating about, and the videos are edited and shared with kids way down on Earth): https://storytimefromspace.com/

Kahoot! online learning: https://kahoot.com/ 

Make healthy eating fun with FoodPlay: https://www.youtube.com/user/foodplay

Ag in the Classroom has a set of eLearning courses, virtual farm tours, and other resources to learn about agriculture: https://agclassroom.org/eLearning/ and https://agclassroom.org/student/