Recent News

Look out for updates and information on community response and recovery efforts as well as our quarterly newsletters.

Great Plates Delivered SF - Extended through 10/9

posted Sep 10, 2020, 10:05 AM by San Francisco VOAD

Great Plates Delivered SF is a temporary food program that delivers three restaurant-prepared meals a day to eligible older adults during COVID-19. The program is free and has been extended through October 9, 2020.

Who qualifies
Older adults in the San Francisco community who need access to healthy and nutritious meals and meet all of the following criteria:
  • Aged 65 or older, as well as older adults who are aged 60-64 and in high-risk categories (i.e., people who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have underlying health conditions).
  • Unable to obtain or make their own meals.
  • Living alone or with one other adult who also meets these criteria.
  • Earning less than $74,940 for a single-person household or $101,460 for two-person households.
Older adults who currently receive state or federal food assistance such as CalFresh or home-delivered meals should contact the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) helpline at (415) 355-6700 to understand their eligibility for this program or other assistance.

For more information visit the website here.

United Policy Holders Webinar: Roadmap to Recovery

posted Sep 8, 2020, 3:08 PM by San Francisco VOAD

United Policyholders is hosting their first Roadmap to Recovery webinar for 2020 Wildfire survivors (who have home or renters insurance) next weekend.  This webinar will be an Insurance Recovery Orientation and we will cover first steps after a wildfire, insurance basics, and tips for successfully navigating the recovery process.

The webinar is on Saturday, September 12th at 10:30am - wildfire survivors can register here:

Attached is a flyer with more information. 

Here's a note about the agency: "United Policyholders is a nonprofit insurance claim help resource for disaster survivors. We were founded in 1991 after the Oakland/Berkeley firestorm.  We do not sell or take money from insurance companies; we help people navigate their claim to get the money they need to rebuild and get back home.  Our services are always free.  Learn more here:"

Tzu Chi Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) for Wildfires

posted Sep 8, 2020, 10:52 AM by San Francisco VOAD   [ updated Sep 8, 2020, 10:53 AM ]

Tzu Chi Foundation is providing Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) to qualified residents living at residences that were destroyed or severely damaged by the recent wildfires. Applications will close on 9/30/2020

For more information see the attached flyer.

Free Legal Assistance Available for CA Fire Survivors

posted Sep 8, 2020, 10:32 AM by San Francisco VOAD

A legal hotline is now available for survivors of the fires in Northern California in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties (additional counties may be added). 

Disaster survivors facing legal issues related to the fires may call the hotline at (888) 382-3406. Callers may also leave a message. English and Spanish speaking attorneys will be available. The service, which allows callers to receive limited legal assistance from a volunteer lawyer.

The type of legal assistance available includes: 
• Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster survivors; 
• Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims; 
• Help with home repair contracts and contractors; 
• Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster; 
• Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures; 
• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; 
• Counseling on landlord-tenant problems; 
• COVID-19 resources

For more information please see the flyer/press release here.

Mayor Breed Announces Grants for Nonprofits

posted Aug 7, 2020, 11:52 AM by San Francisco VOAD

Mayor London Breed announced $3.1 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations. These grants are part of San Francisco's Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI), which "deploys financial assistance, professional services, assessment tools and other resources to help stabilize nonprofits, and are vital to providing and supporting residents including low-income families and children with social and mental health services as part of the response to COVID-19 and beyond".
You can read the press release here, which also describes the grantees and for additional information you can visit the OEWD website here

Great Plates Delivered Program - Extended

posted Aug 7, 2020, 11:47 AM by San Francisco VOAD   [ updated Aug 12, 2020, 9:11 AM ]

The Great Plates Delivered Program has been extended through September 9th
This is an emergency meal delivery program for older adults unable to obtain or prepare food while sheltering in place due to the pandemic. 
Here is the press release about this.

You can find the flyer for this program here.

Free Mental Health Resources - COVID-19

posted Jul 20, 2020, 11:00 PM by San Francisco VOAD

Frontline Workers Counseling Project (FWCP) Bay Area Chapter is offering free mental health services and resources to front-line workers of the COVID-19 Response. Check out their website for more information and to learn how to access this resource.

CalNonprofits - Legislative Town Hall - July 17th, 1pm

posted Jul 8, 2020, 7:29 PM by San Francisco VOAD   [ updated Jul 8, 2020, 7:31 PM ]

CalNonprofits is hosting a COVID-19 Virtual Legislative Town Hall with Senator Scott Wiener, Assmblymember David Chiu and Assemblymember Phil Ting.

The Description: In this rapidly changing environment, answers aren't easy to get, and sometimes nonprofit needs are left out of the discussion. Join us for a virtual town hall where you'll hear directly from the California lawmakers representing your area and CalNonprofits leaders on what’s going on in Sacramento and at the federal level in response to COVID-19 and how these policies impact nonprofits.

July 17, 2020 at 1:00pm (Pacific Time)
It's free but registration is required. RSVP HERE.

California Volunteers

posted Jul 8, 2020, 6:25 PM by San Francisco VOAD

California Volunteers is the State Office tasked with engaging Californians and helping administer volunteers. They have several COVID-19 resources available here, including guidelines for keeping volunteers safe, which can also be accessed here.

Pandemic EBT in California

posted Jul 1, 2020, 7:13 PM by San Francisco VOAD   [ updated Jul 1, 2020, 7:14 PM ]

P-EBT is for children who are eligible for free and reduced-priced school meals.
There are a few resources and information that have been updated, find these links below. 

P-EBT FAQ (this should be available in Spanish soon)

Digital Application Outreach Toolkit for Phase 3 (July 2020)

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