March 23, 2020 – Cal Fresh is the California food version of food stamps which many individuals with disabilities and seniors may use.  A waiver has been in the works for months to allow Cal Fresh recipients to purchase food online and have it delivered. California recently submitted an emergency request to the federal government to speed this request up because of the current state of emergency. California’s new policy would allow Cal Fresh recipients to order food online food through Walmart and Amazon only as they are currently approved vendors through a federal pilot that been implemented in NYC. Currently waiting on fed response.  San Francisco CChroniclerticle on the topic –

Food Pantries and Schools

211 Community Connect (Riverside County) –

211 San Bernardino County –

Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino –

Schools: Most school districts have a Grab and Go meal distribution program, which provides breakfast and lunch meals for children ages 18 and under.  If an adult is in special education in that district and receiving services, they also should be eligible.  Check your local school district’s website for which schools are distributing food and what hours.  The meals, offered every weekday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., are prepared by Food Services staff and distributed by District administrators and staff.  Students do not have to be school age – or registered students in that district – but should be present in the car to receive meals. Students with special needs can receive meal service accommodations by contacting the District (such as not being present in the car). Per the CDE, all students over age 18 who meet the state agency’s definition of disabled may receive meals under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). They do need to be enrolled in school. Some districts are ensuring that food service staff at the meal sites are aware of the written medical statements or the IEP/nutrition plan so students are receiving appropriate and safe meals.

Riverside Convention Center: offering drive up, pre-packaged grocery service. Do not need to be a Riverside resident to purchase.

Grocery Stores that have special shopping hours for disabled, seniors, pregnant women:

Stater Bros: 7:45am-8am

Smart & Final: 7:30am-8am

Cardenas: 7am-8am

Northgate Gonzales: 7am-8am

Albertson’s: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7am-9am

Target: Wednesdays only from 8am-9am

Whole Foods: 7am-8am

Tom’s Farms: 8am-9am

Trader Joe’s: 9am-9:30am

Winco: Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 6am-7:30am

Ralph’s: 7am-7:30am

Food 4 Less: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays only from 7am-7:30am

Feeding America Foodbank locator for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties:

Norm’s Restaurants: Offering $35 Care Packages of groceries. Please call your local Norm’s Restaurant to order or visit their Care Package page at

The State Restaurant: offering to go groceries at their Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga locations. Please visit for more information

Dolce Gastropub and Bakery: offering to go grocery staples at their Upland/Montclair location such as rice, flour, eggs, milk, potatoes, meat, pasta, and bread.

The Pub at Chino Hills: Offering grocery pickup on fresh produce, dairy, , bread, pastas, paper goods, and meats. Scroll down for their Farmer’s Market menu

Lazy Dog Restaurant Corona and Montclair: Offering $40 “Pantry Packs” to go (raw chicken breasts, eggs, milk, bread, butter, rice, onions, carrots, potatoes, and toilet paper)  or 

Delivered Food

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