For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Alameda County, check Alameda County Public Health Department’s COVID-19 situation update. Follow us on Twitter @First5Alameda for more frequent updates.

Food Assistance, Financial Aid, and Public Benefits

Comida Para Cherryland

  • Eden’s just-in-time food pantry, Comida para Cherryland, operates on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, from 1:30–4:30 pm or until the food is gone. No necesita ID.

East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)

  • Housing policies are changing quickly to respond to the needed tenant protections and funding sources to keep people housed and provide housing resources for people currently living outside or in jails. Visit EBHO’s COVID-19 Housing Policy page for up-to-date information (scroll down the page to see Alameda County).

Family Values Work and National Employment Law Project

  • Flow chart about benefits available to workers during COVID-19 and under which circumstances.

South Hayward Parish Emergency Food Pantry

  • The food pantry provides emergency food for individuals and families. Short-term food supplies available for individuals/families in need of assistance. Call the Food Distribution Coordinator at (510) 785-FOOD(3663) for assistance.

California Employee Development Department (EDD)

Alameda County Nutrition Action Partnership

Alameda County Care Connect Consumer & Family Fellowship Peer-to-Peer Advisors

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

California Department of Education (CDE)

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE)

Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA)

  • Find updates from SSA related to CalFresh, CalWORKs, Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), Medi-Cal, and/or General Assistance (GA)
  • The Social Services Agency in partnership with the Alameda County Emergency Operations Center, Alameda County Community Food Bank, and other community partners have worked together to assemble and organize countywide data on food distribution and emergency resources to connect residents with vital services. See the Emergency Food & Resource Map.

Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD)

Notices from Local, State, and Federal Agencies

School Districts

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE)

California State

California Department of Social Services (CDSS)

CDSS has become aware of a fake letter containing references to Merced County Human Services Agency that is circulating on social media. It includes the faked signature of a state official. The letter tells clients they must get tested for COVID-19 in order to continue their benefits. It also tells clients that if they test positive, their children will be removed into foster care. The letter asks people to visit a website, as well. The letter, its contents, and the website are fake. For more information, visit the CDSS website.

California Surgeon General

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

California State/California Department of Public Health

Alameda County

City of Hayward

  • COVID-19 Phone Hotline: (510) 583-4949

Alameda County Emergency Child Care Response

Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD)


US Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the agency will NOT consider “testing, treatment, nor preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19” in a public charge determination “even if such treatment is provided or paid for by one or more public benefits.”

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Philanthropic Response

Home-Based Child Care Emergency Fund

LIIF COVID-19 Child Care Project

  • LIIF is managing emergency grant requests through a targeted regional effort, the COVID-19 Child Care Project. Eligible providers will receive emergency funding to cover staff salaries, rent, and other operating expenses that are usually covered by tuition. For questions about the program and grant eligibility, email

Tipping Point

  • COVID-19 Emergency Response Fundraiser. Tipping Point is raising $30 million as quickly as possible to stabilize the non-profits working tirelessly to support low-income individuals and families hit hardest by this crisis.

San Francisco Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation

For Questions or Further Guidance

Alameda County Early Childhood Education Program. Ellen Dektar,

First 5 Alameda County. Rowena Kamo, at and Michele Rutherford, at