COVID-19 Resources

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. And please reach out if you need anything.

All my best,



*Updated LIST can be found HERE

Join the San Mateo County "Dear Neighbor Postcard Campaign"!


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 websitefor public health updates and to call the San Mateo County Public Call Centerfor 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 smcvolunteers@smcgov.organd 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 BankYou 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-19Can 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. You can also complete this form to indicate a need or to sign up to make a donation.

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


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


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 DistrictFree Meals for Students 18 Years and YoungerFree Meals Available

Beginning Tuesday, September 1, SMFCSD Child Nutrition Team grab-and-go school meals, including breakfast and lunch, are FREE to all community youth aged 18 and younger. 

Thanks to the approval yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, any adult in our community may pick up meals for youth 18 years and younger. As of today, this approval is expected to be in effect until December 31, 2020 to help ensure that children have access to nutritious meals they need.

*Pickup is anytime between 7:30 am and 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday, at one of these five elementary school sites: (College Park, Foster City Elementary, Laurel, Lead and Sunnybrae).

For more information please visit or contact Child Nutrition Services at 650-312-1968.

Thank you.


Servicio de comidas gratuitas para todos los jóvenes menores de 18 años.

Estimadas familias del Distrito Escolar de San Mateo-Foster City:

A partir de hoy martes, 1 de septiembre, las comidas escolares para llevar, del Equipo de Nutrición Infantil de SMFCSD, incluyendo el desayuno y el almuerzo, son GRATIS para todos los jóvenes menores de 18 años de la comunidad. 

Gracias a la aprobación del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. ayer, en respuesta a la pandemia nacional de COVID-19, cualquier adulto de nuestra comunidad puede recoger comidas para jóvenes menores de 18 años. A partir de hoy, se espera que esta aprobación esté vigente hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020 para ayudar a garantizar que los niños tengan acceso a las comidas nutritivas que necesitan.

Puede recoger comidas a cualquier hora entre las 7:30 a.m. y la 1:30 p.m. de lunes a viernes, en una de estas cinco escuelas primarias: (College Park, Foster City Elementary, Laurel, Lead y Sunnybrae).

Para obtener más información, visite o comuníquese con Servicios de Nutrición Infantil al 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 undercan 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.

Redwood City School District

Thanks to a nationwide waiver that was granted, we are able to serve meals to ALL children ages 2 to 18! No meal cards needed!

Effective, 9/1/20, free meals are available to children 2-18 years old.

All families welcome, not restricted to RCSD students

No meal card is required

Students do not have to be present

Monday-Wednesday meal pick up (other options are available by asking kitchen staff or calling 650-423-2279)

At this time, our hours remain the same.

Samaritan House4031 Pacific BlvdSanMateo, 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 AreaA 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 Areais doing outreach through their Facebook page, their hotline (1-203-666-4472), and launching the Belonging Emergency Response Fund. Phone: 650-592-9181

IMMIGRANT/MIGRANT RESOURCES​ - ​Emergency Immigrant Toolkit

TheSan 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


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 ClinicOpen 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 Suicido1-888-628-9454

  • Star-Vista: Crisis line: 650-579-0350

    • Parent Support line1-800-220-7575

    • Alcohol and Drug line650-573-3950

  • CORA domestic violence crisis line: 1-800-300-1080

  • Medi-Cal Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Call Center​: 1-800-601-0101

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 CenterThe 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:

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