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COVID ASSISTANCE

 
COVID-19 Relief
Offering food and shelter for those in need. Click here.

Child Care Services
Offering services to assist with child care and safety. Click here.

Economic Assistance
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services provides resources for economic hardship. Click here.

COVID-19 Testing
For individuals interested in getting COVID-19 testing outside of a hospital, you can do so at the following locations through Logistics Health Incorporated (LHI), a company that designs and manages health programs for government and commercial customers. To request an appointment, click here.

  • Greenfield Library – 315 El Camino Real, Greenfield (by appointment)
  • Alisal High School – 777 Williams Rd, Salinas (by appointment)

 
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
Emergency Services’ goal is to excel at providing quality services for the benefit of Monterey County residents, businesses, and guests while developing, maintaining, and enhancing the emergency management resources. Click here.

Restaurants will always be a cornerstone of our communities and essential to our culture.
And now, restaurants need our help to survive. Congress is currently considering the RESTAURANTS Act, a bi-partisan proposal that could give restaurants the lifeline they need through a $120 billion grant program meant to aid independent restaurants with paying rent, employees, and bills. It is predicted that 25 percent of restaurants will close as a result of the pandemic, putting millions of more jobs at risk.

You can help by sending a pre-written letter to your local representatives, urging them to pass this vital legislation, and then sharing your support on social media.

EMPLOYMENT / INCOME ASSISTANCE

 
Calling all chefs, line cooks and dishwashers on the Monterey Peninsula who have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to the pandemic! The Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Culinary Federation offers a relief fund to help pay the bills. Apply here for a one-time grant of $250. Donations to the fund are also being accepted and will be matched by the MB chapter up to $6,000.

The ACF Monterey Bay Chapter is contributing a dollar-for-dollar match from our generous donors, up to $6,000.00 to the COVID-19 Culinary Relief Fund. Money from this fund is available to cooks, dishwashers, sous chefs that have lost their jobs due to restaurant closures during this coronavirus pandemic. You must show proof that you were employed in Monterey County for at least 6 months. Relief can be provided to your PayPal account or by check to ensure victims have access to the basic necessities (food, housing, transportation, etc.).

Self-Employed Relief
Resources aimed at easing the burden on self-employed parties. Click here.

FIRE VICTIMS

 
Emergency Services for Fire Relief
Click here.

HELPING OTHERS

 
ALL IN Monterey
ALL IN Monterey offers an easy way to help those in need and is working with the local Red Cross and the Monterey County Community Resilience Program to help those affected by the devastating fires in our community as well as those affected by the pandemic. They are accepting food, toiletries and clothes donations, as well as funds. They also will be handing out grocery gift cards and restaurant gift cards (purchased through us). If you would like to purchase a gift card to help a first responder or volunteer or someone affected, buy a gift card here and send via email to All in Monterey. Tanya will distribute to those in need. Tanya Kosta 831-869-5602.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey
The club’s mission is to inspire and empower the youth of Monterey County to realize their full potential to become responsible, healthy, productive and successful citizens. Click here.

United Way of Monterey
United Way for the financial stability of families in Monterey County. Their focus is on EarlyCare and Education, Affordable Housing, and Asset Building — the building blocks for a good quality of life. Click here.

NOURISHMENT

 
Alliance on Aging
Monterey County offers vulnerable seniors a food delivery program consisting of three meals a day/seven days a week. The program is called “Great Plates Delivered” and is in partnership with local restaurants. Click here. To be eligible, participants must be:

  • Age 65 or older OR ages 60-64 and at high risk for COVID-19 (to include exposure to COVID-19 or have underlying health condition).
  • Must live alone or with one other program eligible adult.
  • Must not be currently receiving assistance from other state assistance such as CalFresh or Meals on Wheels.
  • Must affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals.
  • For more info, please call 2-1-1.
  • For Transportation needs, click here

 
Food Bank for Monterey County
Providing food and comfort to those in need during uncertain times. Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula. Phone: (831) 375-4454. Click here.

Food Delivery, Monterey County
A drive-through emergency food supplement program for Marina seniors by The Marina Foundation at Los Arboles Middle School, 294 Hillcrest Ave. For details, call (831) 717-4117. Click here.

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley
Phone: (831) 758-6325. Click here.

Online grocery/curbside delivery
Want to save time and avoid long lines? Try online grocery shopping. Many local stores are offering grocery delivery to your door or have groceries ready for you for curb side pickup. For instructions and listing of online stores. Stores offering home deliveries/curb side pickup:

 
Restaurant Food Delivery

 
The Salvation Army
Salvation Army offers meals to seniors who do not want to get takeout meals or go to grocery stores. Call (831) 443-9655 ext. 2900, and tell them you’d like to be on the “Senior Pick-up List.” Meal pickup is also available at the Salvation Army, 2460 N. Main Street, Salinas. Please provide 24 to 48 hours notice. Click here.

SENIORS

 
Cards for Humanity
During the current Shelter-in-Place, older adults living in senior long-term care facilities have been isolated from their family and friends with no connection to the outside world. We seek to change that! We are asking for the public’s help in writing messages to these vulnerable citizens and letting them know that the community cares. Help us with our campaign — Cards for Humanity — by writing words of encouragement these older adults. Our goal? To send one card to each of the 2,846 residents living in long-term care facilities in Monterey County. For more info, call Meggie Pina at 831-655-7563.

 

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