For Immediate ReleaseApril 01, 2020
Access to healthy food is still possible despite restrictive strain of COVID-19 pandemic
San Rafael, CA – As Marin County residents continue to face a stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to remind vulnerable individuals that access to healthy food is available through a number of resources.
Residents can search for their nearest food pantry or emergency food distribution location using San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s Food Locator App. In addition, information on food resources, services and assistance specifically for older adults (age 60 and over) and persons with disabilities can be obtained by email (457-INFO@marincounty.org) or by calling (415) 457-INFO.
For some, loss of income is the largest barrier to meeting their food needs. Those who are facing such circumstances can seek help from Marin HHS’s Public Assistance Programs, including:
Applications for Medi-Cal, CalWORKS and CalFresh are accepted by phone at 1 (877) 410-8817 or online. In addition, potential applicants can pick up a paper application in English or Spanish outside of the Marin HHS offices at 120 N. Redwood Drive or 3240 Kerner Boulevard, both in San Rafael.
WIC applications are accepted over the phone by calling (415) 473-6889. General Relief applications can be obtained at the locations noted above or by calling 415-473-3350.
Those already enrolled in CalFresh can review a list of local retailers who accept EBT cards through an online EBT locator.
Some local grocery stores* are holding special shopping hours for seniors and individuals with disabilities:
Those who are unable to access any of the resources above and have no other safe means to access food can call (415) 473-7191 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. to speak to someone about possible food options. Thanks to a partnership with local community organizations, one option available through the call center is a limited supply of grocery bag deliveries will be available beginning April 2 for individuals who do are ineligible for the food options listed above (while supplies last).
* = this does not represent a complete list of stores in Marin offering special shopping hours. Please contact your local grocery store or food retailer to verify.
Kari BeuermanSocial Services DirectorDepartment of Health and Human Services
20 N. San Pedro Rd.San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6263Email: Kari BeuermanMarin HHS website