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Many local agencies offer help with finding immediate food and hot meals:

2-1-1 Sonoma County

Referrals to food programs, plus help to apply for CalFresh.
Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 325-9604

Redwood Empire Food Bank

Plus help to apply for CalFresh. Open Monday-Friday.
(707) 523-7903


Catholic Charities

Referrals to rural food sites, food pantries, plus help to apply for CalFresh.
(707) 528-8712

St. Vincent de Paul

Referrals to church-based food programs, including its free lunch site in Santa Rosa.
(707) 584-1579

Petaluma Bounty

Guide to Petaluma-area programs in English and Spanish.

(707) 775-3663

Council On Aging

Meal programs for seniors 60+ and their caregivers.
(707) 525-0383

Petaluma People Services Center

Meal programs that assist seniors 60+ and their caregivers.
(707) 765-8488

Women, Infant Children Program, Department of Health Services

A program for pregnant women and children to age five who are low-income, plus help to apply for CalFresh.
(707) 565-6590

Food & Nutrition Benefits

CalFresh stretches your food budget

CalFresh gives you monthly benefits on an ATM-style plastic card, called an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card, that you can use to purchase food.

The CalFresh card can be used instead of money for food at grocery stores and many local farmers markets. The benefits help you afford to buy the groceries you need to be healthy.

Known as CalFresh in California, this food and nutrition program is part of a federal government program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

As of April 2020, CalFresh recipients can now use their EBT cards to purchase groceries online at Amazon.*

You can order food online that you would normally buy with your EBT card in the store. Availability of fresh items may be limited, however you may order non-perishable food. When you order, select Amazon home delivery (delivery may take longer than usual). CalFresh Food benefits cannot be used to cover the cost of delivery, though Amazon offers free delivery on orders over $35. EBT Card holders are eligible for a reduced cost Prime Membership, which eliminates the delivery fee on most items and grants access to other Prime benefits.

For more information, please visit EBT Online at

*Walmart online purchasing and delivery are unavailable in Sonoma County.

Economic Assistance Lobby Closed — Options for Services

The County of Sonoma has transitioned to a temporary and precautionary suspension of non-essential operations until May 3, 2020, in an effort to protect employees and the community by limiting person-to-person contact to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

While most of the Human Services’ offices are temporarily closed, we will continue to provide essential services, including emergency services for child welfare, adult protective services, IHSS, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and General Assistance.

Read the questions and answers about how public benefits are affected on the Human Services Department home page first. For additional information, please email or call 707-565-5800. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to keep our communities safe.

For Medi-Cal, CalFresh and General Assistance services while the Economic Assistance Lobby is closed, access services through these options:


  • Report Changes
  • Apply for Benefits
  • Submit Reports & Documents

  • Apply for Medi-Cal

  • Apply for CalFresh


Service Center 1-877-699-6868

  • Report Changes
  • Request Replacement EBT Card
  • General Assistance Questions
  • Report Changes
  • Apply for Benefits

Mail/Office Drop Box

  • Report Changes
  • Apply for Benefits
  • Submit Reports & Documents

Cancelled: Free Food and Fresh Produce Cancelado: Comida y Productos Frescos Gratis

Redwood Empire Food Bank and Economic Assistance offer free Groceries to Go for families and individuals needing food assistance. Find fresh produce, bread and more.
Where:  Economic Assistance, 2550 Paulin Ave., Santa Rosa Google Maps™ Directions
When:  Cancelled until further notice.
Upcoming Dates: Cancelled until further notice.
For information, call Food Connections Office, (707) 523-7903

El Redwood Empire Food Bank and Economic Assistance ofrecen Groceries to Go gratuitos para familias y personas que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Encuentra productos frescos, pan y más.
Adonde: Assistencia Economica, 2550 Paulin Ave., Santa Rosa Google Maps™ Directions
Cuando: Cancelado hasta nuevo aviso.
Próximas fechas: Cancelado hasta nuevo aviso.
Para más informacion, llame a la Food Connections Office, (707) 523-7903

Who May Be Eligible?

  • All U.S. citizens who are residents of Sonoma County who meet the guidelines.
  • Children born in the United States, regardless of where the parents were born.
  • Immigrants who are legal permanent residents, victims of trafficking, U-visa applicants and holders and others may be eligible.
  • Residents who receive SSI or SSP.
  • Students and people who meet the other CalFresh guidelines(in English and Spanish).

For details about eligibility and income rules in English and Español, you may want to visit the California Department of Social Services website.

FOOD - Sonoma County

Sonoma County free food pantries.

Residents of Sonoma County California that need help feeding their families can turn to local food pantries. Many of them are non-profits or charities and offer the low income and less fortunate with free items, such as boxes of food, groceries, and hot meals. Or families can contact a center for information or referrals to programs such as CalFresh food stamps or USDA programs.

The hours of the centers vary as does exactly what may be passed out. It is usually recommended to call in advance. However, not only can an approved client maybe get a free bag of groceries, but some of the non-profits can help in other ways as well, such as offering clothing or holiday meals. Other resources such as Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), Meals on Wheels for seniors, government benefit applications and other resources are available.

Society of St Vincent De Paul of Sonoma County
Provides social services, emergency food, clothing, employment services and more for individuals and families of Sonoma County. Find more details on Saint Vincent de Paul in Sonoma County.

More information can be obtained by dialing 707.523.7900. Sonoma County families can get referrals to free food pantries, help in applying for CalFresh benefits, or seniors can even enroll into Meals on Wheels. Several other services may also be provided.


Food for Thought
Weekly Deliveries ~ Food For Thought offers comprehensive nutritional services to 800 individuals affected by HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County. Our services are confidential and are provided at no cost to clients in a welcoming and beautiful environment.

Food Bank programs include weekly groceries and fresh produce; vitamins and nutritional supplements; delivery to the homebound; frozen meals for the very ill; nutritional counseling; organic gardening project; cooking and nutrition classes; recipes and nutritional updates, and occasional social gatherings.

For more information, or to apply for services, contact Rachel Gardner, Client Services Manager, at or (707) 887-1647 x 104.


Cloverdale Food Pantry
Fridays 1-3p  ~  Provides and delivers food for families and individuals in need. Three churches run the pantry with volunteers.
Phone – 707-396-8383
202 Commercial
St Cloverdale, Ca


Forestville United Methodist Church
Main address is 6550 Covey Road
Forestville, California, 95436
Phone Numbers – 707-887-2020

Food For Thought, Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank
6550 Railroad Avenue
Forestville, CA, 95436
Patients of HIV can receive free weekly food boxes and groceries. They will also have nutritional supplements and counseling services.


Redwood Empire Food Bank Phone: 707-523-7900

First Tuesday of the month 9-10a  Open to all. Give name and address.  Filipino Center  3361 Fulton Road, Fulton, CA, 95439


Russian River Community Food Pantry
Second and Fourth Saturdays 10-12p ~ Once a month only for emergency food. A cooperative effort by volunteers from Guerneville Community Church and St. Elizabeth’s Church under the umbrellas of The Salvation Army service extension and St. Vincent De Paul society. They offer emergency food baskets to the needy.
Must live in Lower Russian River only.
Phone: 707-869-2541
14520 Armstrong Woods Road Guerneville, CA

Redwood Empire Food Bank Phone: 707-523-7900
Tuesdays 10:30-11:15a First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.  Guerneville Park and Ride CA-116 and Mill Street, Guerneville, CA, 95446
Third Wednesdays of the month 9:30-10:30a Open to all. Give name and address.
Guerneville Veterans Memorial Building  16255 First Street, Guerneville, CA, 95446

River to Coast Children’s Services:
Emergency food, diapers & formula for families with young children. Some over-the-counter medications. Call ahead for infant formula, pull up diapers, head lice treatments or baby food.
Walk in Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
habla español. Phone: 869-3613 or 800-994-3613.  16300 First Street Guerneville, CA 95446

Church St and First St, Universal Industrial Church – Community and Family Service Agency
Guerneville, California, 95446
Call 707-869-2491
This non-profit services complete dinners for free. They may have salad, soup and even vegetarian whole grain meals.


Healdsburg Shared Ministries: Healdsburg Food Pantry

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3-4:30p  ~  The Healdsburg Food Pantry will treat all individuals and families who come to our door with dignity and respect. We will provide a lifeline for the working poor, low-income Seniors and the homeless. We will continue to search out opportunities to provide special food distribution services and meet community needs with care, concern, and compassion.  Phone: 707-433-3663  1505 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg, CA

Redwood Empire Food Bank Phone: 707-523-7900

First Saturday of the month 9:15-10:15a  Open to all. Give name and address.  Trinity Baptist Church  515 Powell Avenue, Healdsburg, CA, 95448


Monte Rio:

Redwood Empire Food Bank Phone: 707-523-7900

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag. St Andrews Church 20329 Hwy 116, Monte Rio, CA, 95462



Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: Rural Food Project

Second Tuesdays  9-11a  ~  St Philip/St Teresa Parish 3730 Bohemian Hwy. Occidental, Ca  Volunteer-run food distribution sites provide fresh produce, cereal, milk, bread, pasta, and other groceries in rural areas of Sonoma County. Phone: 707-528-8712



Santa Rosa First Church of God
Main location is 4001 Roblar Rd
Petaluma, CA, 94952
Call the non-profit at 707-795-1544.  Phone: 707-523-7900

Committee on the Shelterless
Address: 900 Hopper Street
Petaluma, California, 94952
Phone – 707-778-6380
A free meal is served to the homeless and low income 365 days per year. Another program is the Petaluma Kitchen Food Box, which is part of the Petaluma Kitchen’s daily meal program. Free food is delivered each week to very-low income seniors, children and families in Petaluma California. They also offer referrals to other non-profit community resources, such as housing, utility bill programs, clothing, or free medical care. Local churches, social service agencies and other groups are key partners.

Santa Rosa First Church of God
Main location is 4001 Roblar Rd
Petaluma, CA, 94952
Call the non-profit at 707-795-1544.

Redwood Empire Food Bank
Phone: 707-523-7900

Monday 12-3p  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.  Petaluma Health Center  1179 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA, 94954

Thursday 10-11a  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.  Round Walk Village  745 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA, 94954

Thursday 10:30-11:30a  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.  Park Lane Apartments  109 Magnolia Avenue, Petaluma, CA, 94952

Second Wednesday of the month 9-10a  Open to all. Give name and address.  Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building  1094 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA, 94952


Rohnert Park:

Neighbors Organized Against Hunger: Food Pantry
Wednesdays 4-6p
Provides supplemental food for families from the Rohnert Park, Cotati, and Penngrove area; assists 200 to 300 household each week with up to 1,000 family members; and provides over 20 pounds of food for each family for less than $2.00 each.
Phone:  707-548-6624
5475 Snyder Rohnert Park, CA

Redwood Empire Food Bank
Phone: 707-523-7900

Thursday 1-2p  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
The Arbors  480 City Center Drive, Rohnert Park, CA, 94928

Fourth Wednesday of the month 9-10a  Open to all. Give name and address.
Burton Avenue Recreation Center  7421 Burton Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA, 94928

Thursday 1-2p  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Tower Apts.  781 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA, 94928

Santa Rosa:

Carpenters Union Local Office
1706 Corby Avenue, Santa Rosa
4th Wednesday of the month, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Catholic Worker
600 Morgan Street Suite A
Santa Rosa, California, 95401
A twice per week food pantry.
Phone – 707-575-8342

Elisha’s Pantry
Every Thursday 4-5:30p
Offers food distribution pantry to individuals and families serving Bennett Valley and Rincon Valley areas. Eligibility Requirements: Residents of Bennett Valley and Rincon Valley.
Phone – 707-527-0196
Christ Church United Methodist
1717 Yulupa Ave. Santa Rosa, Ca

FISH of Santa Rosa – Friends in Service Here
Monday-Friday 10:30-2p
An emergency food pantry providing free food. to those in need, once a month.
You must call 707-527-5151 during their hours of operation.
2900 McBride Lane Santa Rosa, CA

Gateway City Church: Feed Our Children of Sonoma County
Third, Fourth, and any Fifth Thursdays 12-2p
We give out fresh produce and bread (when it’s available).  First come, first served (Schedule may change on holidays).
Phone: (707) 575-3333.
Gateway City Church 3350 Coffey Lane Suite C Santa Rosa, CA,  in the Pinecreek Business Park.

Harvest Christian Center
Main location is 3350 Coffee Lane, Suite C
Santa Rosa, California, 95403
Main phone number is 707-575-3333

Lewis Opportunity Center
2230 Lomitas Aveue, Santa Rosa
Interfaith Food Pantry. Produce, 1st come, 1st serve,
Wednesday, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Prime Time Nutrition
443 Dutton Ave.Ste.14
Santa Rosa, CA, 95407
The assistance program they have is federal government funded for qualified low income participants. Aid may be offered for women, infants & children as well from WIC. A thrift store also sells quality products./ the pantry may have vegetables, fruits, quality baked goods, canned & dry goods such as beans.

Redwood Covenant Church: Open Closet Food Distribution
Second Saturdays 8-9:30a if enough donations have been received. First come first served.
Phone: 707-528-8463
3175 Sebastopol Road Santa Rosa, CA

Fourth Friday of the month 2-3p  Open to all. Give name and address.
Calvary Chapel the Rock  945 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403

Monday 1p  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Olive Grove (Burbank Apartments)  1945 Zinfandel Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403

Thursday 9:30-10:30a  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Terracina Apts.  471 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

Second Tuesday of the month 9-10a  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Silvercrest Residence (Apartments)  1050 3rd Street, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404

Fourth Tuesday of the month 9-10a  Open to all. Give name and address.
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building  1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404

Thursday 8-8:30a  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
CAP School Readiness  1336 Temple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404

First Wednesday of the month 9-10a  Open to all. Give name and address.
Sam Jones Hall 4020 Finley Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95407

Saturday 8-9a   First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Redwood Covenant Church  3175 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95407

Tuesday 1:30-2:30p  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Gray’s Meadow Apartments  2354 Meadow Way, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404

Wednesday 10-11a  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Amorosa Village  1300 Pebblecreek Drive, Santa Rosa, CA, 95407

Tuesday 2-3p  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Palms Inn  3345 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95407

Second Wednesday 5:30-6:30p  Open to all. Give name and address.
St. Seraphim Church  90 Mountain View Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 95407

St. Vincent de Paul
Everyday 11:30-12:30p  Sonoma County’s free dining room serving a hot, nutritious meal to those in need.
The dining room, located in the Railroad Square area of Santa Rosa, at
610 Wilson Street. The entrance is through the back of the building off 7th St.
Phone: (707) 584-1579

Santa Rosa Alliance Church
301 Fulton Rd
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

Santa Rosa Community Health – Dutton Campus
1300 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa
Produce 1st come, 1st serve –  Weekly, Monday 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Groceries Only, 2nd & 4th – Monday of the month, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Seventh Day Adventist Church-Santa Rosa
840 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, California, 95405
Main number is 707-578-0954


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: Rural Food Project
Second Wednesdays 9-10a
St. Sebastian Parish 7983 Covert Ln. Sebastopol, Ca
Volunteer-run food distribution sites provide fresh produce, cereal, milk, bread, pasta, and other groceries in rural areas of Sonoma County. Phone : 707-528-8712

Redwood Covenant Church: Open Closet Food Distribution
Second Saturdays 8-9:30a if enough donations have been received. First come first served.
Phone: 707-528-8463  3175 Sebastopol Road Santa Rosa, CA

Sebastopol Inter-Church Food Pantry
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-12p
Provides emergency food to West County residents of Sebastopol, Graton, and Occidental. Call during open hours to arrange a pickup of food.
Phone: 707-823-2483
500 Robinson Road Sebastopol, CA 95472

Saturday after the first Friday of the month 9-12p
Open to all. Give name and address.
Redwood Christian Fellowship  7789 Healdsburg Avenue, Sebastopol, CA, 95472

Fourth Thursday of the month 9-10a
Open to all. Give name and address.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts  282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA, 95472

Saturday 8-9a   First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.
Redwood Covenant Church  3175 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95407


Friends in Sonoma Helping
18330 Sonoma Highway
Sonoma, CA, 95476
Up to 5 days of free groceries are provided. Appointments are needed. There may be canned soup, formula, cereal, and even baby formula. They also help immigrants in Sonoma County, and may have holiday food baskets.

La Luz Center
Location of food bank: 17560 Greger Street
Sonoma, California 95476
Dial 707-938-5131
Bring a box to fill to this pantry. Free food may be passed out once per week.

Sonoma Overnight Support
Address: 151 First Street West
Sonoma, California, 95476
Call 707-939-6777
Shelter and meals are available.


Redwood Empire Food Bank Phone: 707-523-7900

Second Thursday of the month arrive by 11:30a, distribution 12-1:30p  Open to all. Give name and address.  Vineyard of Faith Church  167 Arata Lane, Windsor, CA, 95492

Third Tuesday of the month 10-11a  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag. United Methodist Church (Windsor) 3451 Brooks Road S, Windsor, CA, 95492

First, Second, and Third Saturday of the month 8a, Fourth Saturday of the month 9-10a  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.  Our Lady of Guadalupe Church  8400 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor, CA, 95492

Wednesdays 2-2:45p  First come, first served. Closes when food runs out. Please bring a bag.  Forest Winds Apts  6697 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor, CA, 95492

Windsor Service Alliance
Fridays 2-5p
Assistance includes a food pantry and more. Inquire into monetary assistance program, a free gasoline voucher program, and rent help. The center also has food for Windsor California families and senior citizens.
Phone: (707) 838-6947
Windsor Service Alliance 8987 Windsor Road Windsor, CA 95492

FOOD - Lake County
FOOD - Mendocino County


CalFresh (California Food Stamps = SNAP)
764 S Franklin St, PO Box 1306, Fort Bragg CA 95437
877-327-1677 or 707-962-1000 or 962-1136 (eligibility worker)

California Association of Food Banks
Food Stamps (SNAP), Mendocino County, Fort Bragg Office:  707-962-1000.
764 S Franklin St, Fort Bragg CA 95437

Fort Bragg Unified School District – Nutrition Services
Free breakfasts and lunches available at school for children in need.

Mendocino County Farmer’s Market Association

Sherwood Valley Food Program
1220 Blosser Lane
Willits, CA, 95490
Distributes surplus U.S.D.A. commodities and a variety of basic foods to Rancheria and Reservations only as well as other tribal centers.

WIC Women, Infants and ChildrenMendocino County:   A federally funded nutritional program for low-to-moderate income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants and children to the age of five years who are at nutritional risk.  Fort Bragg Phone: 707-964-7106.


Gleanings Soup Kitchen:  Wed noon at Catholic Church, 605 Maple, Fort Bragg CA
Hospitality House
237 N McPherson, Fort Bragg CA:

Trinity Lutheran – Monday Sack Lunch:  Noon.
610 E Redwood Ave, Fort Bragg CA,

Anderson Valley Food Pantry (Boonville)13850 Hwy 128 (Church) 895-26093rd Monday 3-6 pm
Round Valley Food Pantry (Covelo)76471 Henderson Ln 983-62623rd Friday:
Seniors:  11:30 – 2:30
All Ages:  12:30 – 2:30
Gualala Food Pantry37300 Church St (Church) 884-43302nd & 4th Fri: 11-12:30
Laytonville Food Bank375 Harwood Rd (Garden Club) 984-68253rd Fri 2-4
Leggett Food Pantry65100 Drive-Thru Tree Rd 925-63433rd Fri 12:30-3:00
Point Arena Food Pantry24000 S Hwy 1 (VFW Hall) 882-21372nd Tue 8:30-11:00
Ukiah Food Bank888 N State St 463-2409Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Emergency Food, 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Wednesday – General Distribution, 11:00AM to 6:00PM
(On Wednesdays our patrons may arrive on the property to collect a line number beginning at 10:30AM. These numbers will be given out on a first come first serve basis.)
Thursday – Emergency Food, 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Friday – Senior (60+) and Physically Disabled Distribution,
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Emergency Food, 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Saturday – Emergency Food, 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Willits Food Bank229 E San Francisco Ave 459-3333Wed & Fri: 1-4:30





The Motley Fool –
COVID-19 Expanded Unemployment: Who’s In and Who’s Out?



Artist Relief – Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund – The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).

Behind the Scenes Grant – Behind the Scenes will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need. You may be eligible for a grant if you currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. This means that your major source of income is from your work in this industry, which includes being directly involved with production: behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, or behind the camera, or on the road. It also includes working companies who are directly involved in supplying entertainment technology products and services such as dealers, manufacturers, production companies, consultants, and design firms. Performing artists are not eligible.

Crew Nation Fund – Supporting live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. Applications are now open for anyone who has been financially impacted from shows originally scheduled to take place in March or April 2020. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 1st. International applications accepted.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program – Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate.

Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters – List of regions with current declared disasters who are eligible for federal assistance.

Field of Vision and Topic Studio Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund – Field of Vision and Topic Studios have created a $250,000 fund to provide grants for freelancers working in the Documentary field. The fund will distribute unrestricted grants of up to $2000 to support personal financial needs during the COVID19 pandemic to freelancers who have experienced hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a result of the pandemic. Applications currently closed; will reopen in May. 

Freelancers Union Freelancers Relief Fund – Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including food/food supplies; utility payments; cash assistance to cover income loss.

UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund (Bay Area, CA) – UNTITLED, ART have expanded the qualifications for the UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund to include financial assistance for freelance, hourly, and wage working artists vulnerable to the economic standstill.


The stimulus package will provide an additional $600 a week to those who qualify for unemployment or for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits for up to four months. (Unemployment benefits are typically about half your average weekly salary.)

What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, exactly? It’s a provision that expands the benefit to include those who are not typically eligible to receive unemployment but who have not been able to work due to the coronavirus, including independent contractors or those with a limited work history or who are self-employed—freelance designers, that means you. It can also provide 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits on top of the average 26 weeks. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program runs through December 31, 2020. So if your work dries up between now and then, you might be eligible to file for unemployment. Keep in mind, however, that you must first apply for regular unemployment insurance and be denied to be eligible for PUA, according to this list of COVID-19 resources for freelancers, artists, and gig workers based in New York.


Good news for agencies and small studios: Businesses can now get government assistance to meet payroll and keep workers on staff. Under the program outlined in section 2108 of the CARES Act, an employer can reduce employees’ hours rather than resort to layoffs. The employees are then eligible for prorated unemployment benefits, and the government would pay the costs that businesses incur by continuing to pay workers through December 31, 2020, according to a document by the House Committee on Finance.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also launched the Paycheck Protection Program, which offers loans to help businesses keep employees on payroll. The loan is forgivable if all employees are kept on for eight weeks, and the loan is used for payroll, rent, mortgage payments, and utilities. Forgiveness will be reduced if your full-time headcount goes down or salaries decrease, according to the SBA site.

Employers faced with closing their doors due to the coronavirus could also be eligible for an “employee retention credit,” i.e. a payroll tax credit. It applies to 50% of the wages you pay employees between March 13 and December 31, and maxes out at the first $10,000 in compensation.

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources to Help Prevent Creative and Professional Burnout


How Do You Get Health Insurance When You’re Unemployed?

Medicare Website

Mendocino Coast Clinics, 205 South St, Fort Bragg CA:  Provides quality medical, dental and behavioral health care services to all coastal residents, regardless of their ability to pay.  707-964-1251

Hospice Services of Mendocino Coast District Hospital707-961-4617

Cancer Resource Centers – Mendocino County

California Health Insurance Exchanges – Covered California (ACA/Obamacare)


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Guide to coronavirus mortgage relief options


npr – U.S. Orders Up To A Yearlong Break On Mortgage Payments


Sonoma County rent assistance programs.

(includes referrals to House help throughout county)

Non-profits assist with rental expenses for income qualified Sonoma County residents. Several agencies can help families facing an eviction apply for financial aid, which may come in the form of a grant. The funds are intended to pay a portion of overdue rent, however there may also be assistance for other expenses such as security deposits and other housing related costs.

The most common name of the programs in Sonoma County include homeless prevention or rapid rehousing. However the agencies that do offer some form of rent assistance may also call their programs by other names. Any type of funding paid out is usually combined with other support, such as help in locating permanent housing as well free legal aid in entering a payment plan on back rent and otherwise preventing an eviction.

Close the Gap from the Petaluma Services Center
1500 Petaluma Blvd. South
Petaluma, CA, 94952
Phone number is 707-765-8488
Rent help is available only for senior citizens only that meet income limits and that live in Petaluma.

DSLC Housing
21 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa, California, 95401
Main phone – 707-528-2745
Staff will help the disabled in Sonoma County. They have an application process for grants from HCA or SOS. The money can be used for back rent or paying security deposits as well. They are also partners of the Task Force on the Homeless.

Rent grants and housing referrals
Call (707) 565-2108 for information from non-profits organizations.

Face To Face
Main address is 873 Second Street
Santa Rosa, California, 95404
The main phone number fore the charity is 707-544-1581

La Luz Center
17560 Greger Street
Sonoma, CA, 95476
One time rental assistance, which may be in the form of a loan, is offered. They use HCA funds to stop an eviction, and rehousing can assist with a deposit for families or single parents with children.

Season of Sharing Fund
Limited financial aid is for housing costs. This may include energy bills, rent, moving costs, or security deposits. They also take partner in state funded programs.
600 Morgan Street Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401, 707-575-8342
209 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, California, 95448, dial 707-433-6161
This office is for the elderly only – 30 Kawana Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404, dial 707-525-0143

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
987 Airway Court, Santa Rosa, California, 95403. To apply, dial 707-575-4910. Another intake site is at Committee on the Shelterless on 900 Hopper Street, Petaluma, CA, 94952, 707-765-6530.
Grants are issued for everything from rent arrears to more. Clients also participate in case management, can get help in locating an affordable apartment in Sonoma, and can apply for loans for rent or utility deposits and more. This is also combined with budgeting classes.

Friends in Sonoma Helping
Dial 707-996-0111

Wallace House Community Services
Location is 126 North Main Street
Cloverdale, CA, 954253346
Transitional housing is combined with help in obtaining state identification, vouchers for food, funds for a deposit, and other homeless assistance programs for immigrants.

Legal Aid of Sonoma County
144 S E St Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA
Phone – (707) 542-1290
Free, pro-bono legal aid tackles housing and civil matters. Low income families as well as seniors can get eviction advice and help in dealing with landlords.

Sonoma County Housing Authority
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-4107
They process applications for public housing from the government as well as section 8, which often has a waiting list.

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
1300 North Dutton Avenue
Santa Rosa, California, 95401
Phone: 707-544-6911
The non-profit tackles homeless and assists tenants with eviction notices. Money for rent as well as bills such as energy or transportation is offered. They also have staff that provide mortgage counseling and applications to rental subsidies from HUD or the state of California.

Salvation Army Santa Rosa Corps operates everything from emergency shelter to rent programs and transitional housing. There is also furniture or additional support for veterans and youth in Sonoma County. Call the charity at 707-542-0


Hospitality House,
Homeless Shelter: 237 N McPherson, Fort Bragg CA:

Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center: 
101 N Franklin St, Fort Bragg
707-961-0172 – Wellness Center, Homeless Resource Center, Specialty Mental Health Services, HUD Homeless Case Management (Supportive Housing Program), Pathways including Vocational Services


Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund

Safe Passage Family Resource Center
Fort Bragg CA:  Our mission is to strengthen our community by strengthening the families that live here.

First 5 Mendocino

WIC Women, Infants and Children– Mendocino County:   A federally funded nutritional program for low-to-moderate income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants and children to the age of five years who are at nutritional risk.


Mental Health 24-Hour Crisis Line   Fort Bragg: 707-964-4747;  Ukiah: 707-463-4396;  North Mendocino County: 707-456-3850

Project Sanctuary, Fort Bragg CA:  Our Mission: Ending domestic violence and sexual abuse in our community. 707-964-4357

Suicide Prevention Hotline1-800-273-TALK


Community Care:  Mission: To support frail, ill and disabled people to live at home at the highest possible level of independence, health and dignity.

Redwood Coast Senior Center, 490 N Harold, Fort Bragg CA:  Redwood Coast Senior Center provides stimulating activities and essential services for active elders. 707-964-0443

South Coast Seniors: Point Arena, CA.  Mission: To identify the needs, provide programs, and promote the well being of seniors in our coastal communities.

Senior Information & Assistance Program:800-510-2020 or 707-468-5132


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