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Get Help In Merced County

The number of coronavirus cases in Merced County may be low compared to other parts of the state, but that is no reason for us ignore the crisis in our community. With a high volume of farm workers and people of color in Merced County, we must ensure that resources are being deployed equitably. If you are worried about how to take care of food or your family during the COVID-19 pandemic, use this list of resources to help you get through these challenging times.

Get up-to-date public health information in Merced County. View the county’s COVID-19 dashboard

Meals and food support

How can I get help with food?

If your family is experiencing food insecurity at home due to a loss of income during COVID-19, Merced County has the following food resources available to the community:

How are local stores assisting the vulnerable members of our community?

These stores have established special hours and/or services to help vulnerable groups such as seniors and pregnant or expectant mothers:

  • Costco (Merced): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9am (dedicated for people over 60 years old or who have physical disabilities)
  • Dollar General:
    • Merced: Daily 7-8am (Will be set aside for vulnerable groups. Note: The general population will be allowed to shop also; store is looking to set up specific checkout lines)
    • Planada: Daily 8-9am (will be set aside for vulnerable groups)
    • Winton: Daily 8-9am (Will be set aside for vulnerable groups. Note: At Planada and Winton locations, the general population will be allowed to shop also. However, vulnerable groups will be allowed to move to front of the lines.)
  • Food 4 Less (Atwater, Los Banos and Merced): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7am (dedicated for seniors and those with compromised health)
  • Food Maxx: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9am (dedicated for seniors and those with compromised health)
  • Liberty Market (Delhi): No specific hours for vulnerable groups. Will deliver groceries until 6pm to seniors who are 65 years of age and older. No limit on amount of groceries. Must show proof of residency.
  • Raley’s (Merced): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9am (dedicated for seniors and those with compromised health)
  • Rancho Market (Le Grand): Daily 6-7pm (dedicated for seniors and those with compromised health)
  • Rancho San Miguel (Merced and Livingston): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7am (dedicated for seniors and those with compromised health)
  • Save Mart (Atwater, Los Banos and Merced): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9am (dedicated for seniors and those with compromised health)
  • State Food Super Market (Dos Palos): Daily 7-8pm (dedicated for seniors and those with compromised health)
  • Target (Atwater, Los Banos and Merced): Wednesdays 8-9am (dedicated for seniors and those with compromised health)
  • Wal Mart: Tuesdays (April 24-March 28) 6-7am (dedicated for people 60 years of age and older)

Education

I’m worried about how to take care of my kids' education on my own?

Most schools are closed until further notice during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some resources to help students stay active in learning or find scholarships to further their education:

Immigrant services

What services are available for immigrants?

Here are the highlights of California’s undocumented stimulus package:

  • Funds managed by CDSS and nonprofits that already have a contract with the state
  • Nonprofits will be chosen and announced May 1
  • Eligible applicants can receive $500 per person and a maximum of $1,000 per household
  • Eligible applicants must be:
    • Undocumented
    • Ineligible for any federal assistance (including CARES)
    • Must have a documented COVID-19-related hardship
  • Application process and additional information will be given in May

Support for congregations

I'm worried about my congregation. What should I do?

With event cancellations, reduced foot traffic, self-quarantining and work-from-home policies, we know that the coronavirus crisis is affecting congregations all over the place. Use this spreadsheet to find guidance on what your congregation can do to best respond during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take these steps to help yourself
and the community

Stay at home – On March 19, the State of California issued a stay at home order, requiring all residents to remain in their dwellings except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. Because COVID-19 is spread through contact with others, social distancing is a crucially important public health intervention that can help stop coronavirus transmission.

Buy local – Shop locally to provide businesses to coffee shops and restaurants while practicing social distancing and other precaution protocols like hand-washing and sanitizing. Many of these restaurants use delivery services like Grubhub, Ubereats, Postmates or Doordash.

If you are sick – Stay home and limit contact with others as much as possible (this includes pets). Symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Contact your healthcare provider immediately and tell them you may have COVID-19. Also, please follow CDC recommendations.

How to wash your hands

Apply soap

Rub your palms

Rub between your fingers

Rub the back of your palm

Rinse hands

Dry using a towel

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