By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Food insecurity has reached unprecedented heights for some of our residents in San Bernardino County because of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic shutdown.
To address the skyrocketing demand for food assistance, the County established a Food Assistance Strike Force to coordinate the efforts of the charitable food providers throughout the County that are providing food at no cost to residents in need.
The Strike Force will launch a website tomorrow to inform residents on when, where and how they can obtain food to feed themselves and their families. The website will be a “one-stop-shop” for information on the different programs being implemented across the County, including delivery locations and times, and eligibility requirements (if any). The website will be featured prominently on the County’s COVID-19 website, sbcovid19.com.
“We are getting requests from thousands of County residents who have never needed help before, but the County and its community partners are committed to do all we can during these challenging times,” said CaSonya Thomas, Assistant Executive Officer of San Bernardino County Human Services. “The County is working with cities, food banks, churches, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and other philanthropies, to compile a database of food providers and publicize these resources broadly.”
The Strike Force has organized five subgroups, by supervisor districts, to assemble and organize information to share with the public. The goal is to make sure the entire County is covered with programs that are directed to seniors, school children, or the public at large.
All the content featured on the Food Assistance Strike Force website will be shared through the websites and social platforms of all of our food assistance partners. Just a few of the programs available to County residents include “Grab and Go” meals distributed at over 30 sites throughout the county, Home Delivered Meals programs and meals to unsheltered individuals through the Project Room Key program.
The County is also working with the state to implement its “Restaurants Deliver — Home Meals for Seniors” program recently announced by Gov. Newsom. Further details on this program will be shared in a future Update.