COVID-19 Resources & Supports


We Shelter in Place to Save Lives

As we continue to navigate the Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide health crisis and the Shelter-in-Place orders, it is important to have access to resources for support.

I hope that you find this consolidated resource list helpful. I will update it as new information becomes available. My apologies in advance if the information changes and it is not updated right away. You can always feel free to contact me if you see anything that needs correcting or updating. Thank you!

I also encourage you to consider the volunteer and donation opportunities. We are all in this together and wishing we could do more to help one another, as we shelter in our homes.

Stay safe, stay healthy.


San Mateo County Emergency Operations Center – Updates on County COVID-19 directives

Public Call Center – Dial 2-1-1 from your phone.
You can visit the ​SMC Department of Health’s website​ for public health updates and to call the ​San Mateo County Public Call Center​ for non-medical questions by dialing 211. This line is open 24/7 in multiple languages. You can also text “coronavirus” to 211211 for information and updates.

Utilities – PG&E


*DONATE Critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – All of San Mateo County is lending a hand to ensure we keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The County of San Mateo is accepting donations of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) from organizations and individuals. Or email ​​ and someone will respond to you. You can also drop off medical supplies at 1300 Maple Street, San Mateo, CA 94402 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Can You Volunteer? 

  • San Mateo County is looking for volunteers to deliver food or provide other services. Sign up here: or email ​​ and someone will respond to you and match you to a need.
  • Peninsula Volunteers ( needs volunteers for Meals on Wheels. You can also contact Ann Eisenberg at 650-272-5180 or at
  • Baby Basics of the Peninsula is a 100% volunteer organization based in East Palo that distributes diapers to needy families. To find out more about volunteering  please call (650) 321-2193 or email You can also donate here.
  • Josh Becker for Senate District 13’s volunteer team is helping organizing no-contact grocery and essentials drop off. If you know of someone over 65 and/or chronically ill who needs these services, you can email Josh at
  • Second Harvest Food Bank – You can sign up to either sort and box food at their warehouses or distribute those boxes to clients directly at distribution centers in the community. Sign up here:

Can you make a Donation of Funds?

Educational Equity and Accessibility During COVID-19 – Can you donate technology devices (Chrome Books, Tablets, etc) or supplies (pencils, pens, paper, crayons, other school supplies) for At Home/Distance Learning to students who might not have the items they need to access their education during this time of crisis? Do YOU need these resources? Contact Chelsea Bonini at or at 415-531-0508 for more information or to help with connecting donations to needs.

*The California Department of Education is seeking donations of technology devices for distribution to students in need statewide. You can email them at

Closing the Digital Divide – The SMFC Education Foundation is working in collaboration with the San Mateo-Foster City School District and other community partners to provide continued support to our students and families during this difficult time to help ensure that all students in our school district are prepared to complete assignments and stay in touch with teachers and staff during this extended period of distance learning. *Gifts of any amount are welcome and appreciated; there is no set amount for giving. We hope that by working as a community, we can reach our goal of raising $262,000 to ensure that every student in our district has access to online learning.


Emergency Block Coordinators in Menlo Park – For more information or to sign up Contact Jen Wolosin at or Lynne Bramlett at



Parents Helping Parents – Resource List

SMCOE Resources “About” COVID-19


Curriculum Resources for Learning at Home

Distance Learning Tips

Internet Access Info

More Internet Access Info


San Mateo County – Search for Information on Any Topic


Child Care Coordinating Council (4Cs) of San Mateo County

SMCOE’s Childcare Guidance


San Mateo Foster City School District– Free Meals for Students 18 Years and YoungerFree Meals Available during School Closure, Now through Friday May 1, 2020
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: Now through Friday, May 1, 2020, 11:30 am-1:00 pm.

Monday, April 6 – Friday, May 1, 2020, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.

  • College Park; 715 Indian Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
  • Foster City Elementary School; 461 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
  • Laurel Elementary School; 316 36th Avenue, San Mateo, Ca 94403
  • LEAD Elementary School; 949 Ocean View Avenue, San Mateo, CAFor more information, please call the Child Nutrition Department at 650-312-1968.

San Mateo Union High School District– Free Meals for Students 18 Years and Younger

School Closure Information / Breakfast and Lunch Service

During the school closure ​ANYONE 18 and under​ can receive grab and go breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday at either Mills High School or San Mateo High School. Nutrition services employees will staff a cart offering a variety of healthy options between 11 am – 1 pm beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3.

Samaritan House – 4031 Pacific Blvd​, S​an Mateo, CA 94403 (650)341-4081
Food Pantry – Must complete a registration form and meet with a case manager. Food is then available once a week per family Monday through Friday, 9 am-12 pm or 1 pm-4 pm.

Samaritan House Dining Room​ – Masonic Lodge, 303 Tilton Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401; Grab and go meals ready for pick up in the parking lot.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 4:00-6:30 pm. All are welcomed.

Samaritan House Weekend Lunch To Go​ – 4031 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403; Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm (lunch to go). All are welcomed.

CALL Primrose​ – 139 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
Food Pantry: Food, diapers and formula available for pick up, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-2:45 pm.

Second Harvest Food Bank – To find free groceries from Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Call 1-800-984-3663, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. You can also text them at “GETFOOD” to 1-408-455-5181.

Bay Area Farmers Markets – Check their site for Open markets & COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Map of Free Meals Across the Bay Area – A group of Stanford students used data science to partner with local school districts, nonprofits and newsrooms to create a digital map with detailed information where school children can access free meals during school closures.

Faith in Action Bay Area ​is doing outreach through their F​acebook page​, their hotline (1-203-666-4472), and launching the Belonging Emergency Response Fund. Phone: 650-592-9181


A List of Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California

Guía para los Californianos inmigrantes – Si usted es un inmigrante viviendo en California, aquí está lo que necesita saber para protegerse y proteger a su familia y comunidad del coronavirus. Servicios y beneficios públicos están disponibles para usted, sin importar su estatus migratorio. No permita que el miedo le impida recibir el tratamiento necesario, ya que los efectos de evitar los servicios de atención médica pueden ser muy graves. Esto ayudará a que usted, su familia y su comunidad se mantengan saludables. Aun si usted es indocumentado y/o no tiene seguro, usted puede obtener las pruebas necesarias y tratamiento para COVID-19 a través de los servicios de emergencia de Medi-Cal, incluso en una clínica loca. Cuidado de Medi-Cal para pruebas o tratamiento relacionado con COVID-19 no cuentan bajo la regla de carga pública ya que es tratamiento de una condición médica de emergencia.

Guide for Immigrant Californians – If you’re an immigrant living in California, here is what you need to know to protect yourself, your family, and your community from coronavirus. Services and public benefits are available to you, some regardless of immigration status. Don’t let fear stop you from getting necessary treatment, as the effects of avoiding health care services may be very serious. This will help keep you, your family, and your community healthy. Even if you are undocumented and/or don’t have insurance, you can get necessary testing and treatment for COVID-19 through Medi-Cal emergency services, even at a local clinic. Medi-Cal care for COVID-19 related testing or treatment does not count under the public charge rule because it is the treatment of an emergency medical condition.

Emergency Immigrant Toolkit – The​ San Mateo County Office of Community Affairs, Immigrant Services has created an Immigration Tool Kit to aid in case of an emergency. This toolkit includes information on knowing your rights, a child care plan and other useful resources. Make sure to consult with an attorney regarding your specific situation or any legal questions. The 20-page document contains information about immigrant rights and essential services. In EnglishSpanishChinese

*Beginning on May 18, 2020, the State of CA is releasing one-time COVID relief grants of $500 per person, for undocumented individuals. 

The phone number to call is: 
Starting Monday at 9 am
This hotline is for the entire Bay Area.

1. Call the hotline #
2. The Intake specialist will determine eligibility
3. The specialist will fill out applications for you over the phone and request certain documents
4. Applicant must submit documents 
5. Application will be approved on an online portal
6. Those approved will have Visa cards with $502.50 sent to their homes or can arrange for pick up

Provide proof of identity, address, and hardship caused by COVID-19 (the intake specialist will explain how to submit documents & what forms of document are required)

1. Each individual must reach out independently. 
2. Only undocumented people can apply. 
3. Only 8,000 cards will be given out in Santa Clara County, and 12,000 cards in San Mateo County / Marin County / SF County (combined). CALL EARLY AND OFTEN!  
4. If lost or misplaced, cards WILL NOT be replaced.


San Mateo Foster City School District Nurses (for students)
SMFC School District nurses are ready to answer questions or discuss the medical needs of your student.

San Mateo Free Clinic – Open on a limited/emergency basis. Please call first for health screening; (650) 578-0400. Non-essential medical or dental services are not open at this time.

Crisis/Hotline Resources

    • National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​ EN ESPANOL: de Prevencion del Suicido​ 1-888-628-9454
    • Star-Vista: Crisis line: 650-579-0350
      • Parent Support line​ ​1-800-220-7575
      • Alcohol and Drug line​ ​650-573-3950
    • CORA domestic violence crisis line: 1-800-300-1080
    • Medi-Cal Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Call Center​: ​1-800-601-0101

American Psychiatric Association – COVID 19 Resources – If you are a patient or family member or friend in need of immediate assistance:

    • Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA)
      Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Link)
      Call 800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline
    • Crisis Textline (Link)
      Text TALK to 741741
    • Veterans Crisis Line (VA)
      Call 800-273-8255 or text 838255

NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

NAMI HelpLine: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET (800) 950-6264

Find your local NAMI

For COVID-19 response information, primary sources of information are the following:


Unemployment Information – California EDD

Legal Aid at Work ​- Provides information about legal issues at your workplace.

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County – “These are trying times and Legal Aid is here for you. In the interest of protecting your health and the health of our community, please do not come to our office in person. If you need legal assistance, call us at 650-558-0915.”

Legal Call Center – The San Mateo County Economic Development Agency and San Mateo County have opened a legal hotline and email for businesses with questions. Phone: (650) 363-4588 Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Email: ​