The stress of income insecurity, protecting our health, and living in close quarters during this time can be a powerful burden on top of the regular loads we carry. Needing support during times of stress is normal. Here are some helping hands in our community.
If you are being harmed at home, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 to talk to someone, no matter where you are in your relationship.
Assistance with food
Berkeley Food Pantry
All Albany and Berkeley residents in need of emergency groceries are welcome to visit the pantry. The hours are 2 – 4 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Located at 1600 Sacramento Street in Berkeley, at the corner of Sacramento and Cedar Streets.
Alameda County Food Bank
A helpline is available to help guide families in need to getting food, whether they are registered for CalFresh benefits or not. Start by calling: 1-800-870-FOOD (3663) or 1-510-635-3663
Breakfast and lunch bundles for kids 18 and under
Organized through the school district, numerous pick-up locations are happy to provide servings of food for children to bring home on weekdays. Read more about free food for children here >
If you need services of any kind, check out this comprehensive list of San Francisco Bay Area Covid-19 resources from food, housing, unemployment, and lots more with clear instructions in both English and Spanish.
Assistance with Mental Health
Family Paths, an Oakland organization, has launched The Parenting Stress HELPLINE. Families can call in any language and a professional Language Line can be accessed for in-the-moment translation services to over 400 languages. Family Paths encourages all Alameda County parents to utilize this Helpline for their everyday parenting stress as well as heightened stress by calling 1-800-829-3777.
Preventative Stress Relief
Local parenting coach Jen Lumanlan, on her channel Your Parenting Mojo is offering a free digital workshop that I found extremely helpful in addressing some of the conflicts we have built into our household now that we parents are responsible for enforcing the rhythm of the school day.
Feeling snarky? A simple website, YouFeelLikeShit.com, offers a self-care check-in rubric to help you identify how you can improve your mood.