Food, water and nutrition
Access to food
- Why are farmers destroying crops while store shelves are empty?
Food & Food Systems Resources from the CDC
The CDC has compiled resources for individuals and families seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance is also available for food assistance programs and food system stakeholders. The resources are available online.
For the family
Breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic
It is safe to eat fresh fruits and vegetables during COVID-19
There's help for buying fresh and local fruits and vegetables
- How to stay food secure and eat well despite COVID-19 A three-page flyer developed by UC ANR's Nutrition Policy Institute and UC Berkeley
- California Association of Food Banks - Enter your zip code in the “find a food bank” search bar in the upper right hand corner.
- CalFresh response to COVID-19 (PDF)
Meals for kids
- School meal sites providing free meals for children throughout California
- “Meals for Kids” interactive map - A tool to direct people to local sites where kids can get free meals.
- Pandemic EBT - Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get up to $365 in food benefits called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. Information and application for P-EBT eligible families is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
Meals for seniors
- The CDFA - Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
- California Department of Aging Food and Nutrition website
- Five ways you can get food delivered (Online shopping and delivery services)
Applying and using benefits
- How to apply for CalFresh Food (Food Stamps) benefits
- How to apply for WIC benefits
- Using your EBT card Online
- Is COVID-19 a food safety issue?
- Is Coronavirus a concern with takeout?
- CDC food safety resources
- UC Davis COVID-19 Food Safety Resources
- UC Master Food Preserver Food Safety Training A webinar series on food spoilage, micro organisms and food preservation.
- Coronavirus resources from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Eat Right website
- Food safety resources from the Food Industry Association
- How to stay safe while buying groceries amid the coronavirus pandemic by UCCE specialist Erin DiCaprio. (Published in The Conversation)
- Cleaning and disinfecting reusable shopping bags
- Shopping and handling groceries
In the home
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Hand hygiene
- What to do if you are sick
- Preparing for an outbreak in your community
- Homemade hand sanitizer
Small scale recipe from World Health Organization formulation
- Creating family home cooking memories with love and gratitude, by Deepa Srivastava, UC Cooperative Extension nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor in Tulare and Kings counties.
- Home schooling during the stay at home order: Kids in the kitchen, by Shannon Klisch, UC Coopertive Extension CalFresh community education supervisor in San Luis Obispo County.
Can I drink the water?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Read more from the CDC about Water Transmission and COVID-19.
Watch what you flush
Given the widespread challenges of toilet paper shortages, people are flushing many non-flushable products, leading to sewage overflows, a public health challenge of its own. It is widely recommended that only bodily waste and toilet paper be flushed, all other items should be placed in the trash. Read guidance from the California Water Boards. Available in Spanish.
UC ANR's California Institute for Water Resources
For more on water, visit the California Institute for Water Resources page on Water and COVID-19
- OnwardCA.org is a one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://onwardca.org/
- COVID-19 Resource Guide for Immigrants in California (Immigrant Policy Center)
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Additional nutrition resources
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