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San Francisco Offers New Food Provision Programs

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The city of San Francisco is creating several programs to support people who are in quarantine but can't access groceries.

To help people who are recovering in their homes from COVID-19 and can't rely on friends or family for food, the city has established a call center at the Emergency Operation Center. With a referral from a health provider, callers can get an assessment of their household's food needs by a social worker and then get connected with grocery deliveries, as well as prepared meals for people who don't have access to a kitchen.

Mayor London Breed announced the program, yesterday. And she said that the city will dedicate a million dollars from its response and recovery donation fund to the city's existing food security programs. City health officials expect the number of people who can't afford healthy meals to increase. And the city's food partners have already reported a rise in demand for food.

To help out, the city will deploy about 70 city librarians who have been trained as disaster service workers to work at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank's "pop-up pantry" program, providing groceries to families in need.

Find information about accessing those city programs at KALW.org or call 311.