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COVID-19 Help & Resources

SHELTER, Inc. is working to keep participants, visitors, volunteers, and staff safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19). SHELTER, Inc. is an essential component of the human services Safety Net in Contra Costa, Solano, and Sacramento Counties. We are often the first and last line of defense for vulnerable members of our community, even saving their lives.

Below is our resources guide to find information on food, medical and childcare needs at this time. To add to the list please e-mail shelter@shelterinc.org. 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Bay Area Resource Guide

  • One Degree offers a comprehensive guide, segmented by county. Click here to view! 
  • Call 2-1-1 or text the word HOPE to number 20121. We are available 24/7 and can refer clients to programs like COVID-19 call center, food, shelter resource, etc.
Food Resources
  • Contra Costa Emergency Food Resources
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Counties. Emergency food boxes are avaliable. School sites for children's meals also available. 

  • Salvation Army Food Pantry, 3950 Clayton Rd, 10 am to noon, 1 to 4 (one person allowed in at a time), Monday through Friday. Food boxes also delivered to clients in their cars.

  • Agape Bible Fellowship & Ministries Address: 3105 Willow Pass Rd, Bay Point, CA 94565, Phone: 925.709.4424

  • Saint Andrew Church for Antioch residents only and by appointment only: 925.757.1672

  • Church of Christ- Every third Friday food distribution, 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm, 238 Diane Ave, Pittsburg. 

  • Senior Emergency Food & Helping Hand Program for Concord residents who are home-bound seniors over the age of 60 with food insecurities. If you would like to request assistance or sign up to be a volunteer, go to https://neighborexpress.org/ or call 925-338-1441.

  • Loaves and Fish of Contra Costa, https://www.loavesfishescc.org/, Phone: (925) 293-4792, Address: 835 Ferry St., Martinez, Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

  • East County Boys and Girls Club, http://bgcec.org, Phone: (925) 439-5933, Address: 1001 Stoneman Ave., Pittsburg, Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Monument Crisis Center, Phone: (925) 825 7751, Address: 1990 Market St., Concord.

  • Pittsburg Emergency Food Pantry, Phone: (925) 439-1199, Address: 585 West 10th St., Pittsburg, Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Grace Bible Fellowship Church, Phone: (925) 522-2017, Address: 3109 Lone Tree Way, Antioch.

  • Senior Food Program, Teamster Local 315 Hall, 2727 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, 1st, and 3rd Thursday 9-10 a.m.

  • Church of Nazarene, food for children, Address: 1650 Ashbury Dr. Concord, Mondays 10 a.m. to noon. 

Grocery Store Senior Hours & Promotions
  • Nob Hill & Raleys: Starting March 21st offering a discounted bag of grocery essentials for seniors every day for $20 (plus a $35 option with a ready-to-eat meal). The bags are available for pick-up curbside, or you can send a text to have the bag delivered right to your car.
  • Zanottos: Willow Glen, Rose Garden, and Sunnyvale have senior hours from 8-9 a.m.
  • Albertsons: Two hours from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays for senior customers and at-risk guests that include pregnant women and immunocompromised persons.
  • Piedmont Grocery: (Oakland) Beginning March 22, customers 65 and older will be able to shop between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every morning.
  • Rainbow Grocery: Starting March 19 will adjust its store hours to let persons 60 years of age and older shop between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day. The store will also be closing at 7 p.m.
  • Safeway: Senior customers and at-risk guests will have special shopping hours at Safeway stores between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Find your local store here.)
  • Lunardi’s: Senior citizens (65 & Older) and those with disabilities are welcome to shop on TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS between the hours of 7 to 8 a.m. We will continue to honor the 5% senior discount on these 2 days. All stores will close at 7 p.m. daily.
  • Canyon Market: Glen Park local market where Seniors 65 and older only are invited to shop from 7am-8am every day. They will be open to the general public from 8am-8pm every day.
  • Other Avenues Food Store Coop: Outer Sunset market at 3930 Judah with the first hour (9 to 10 a.m.) reserved for seniors
  • Andronico’s: Senior customers and at-risk guests will have special shopping hours at Safeway stores between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • 99 Ranch Market:  Asian foods supermarket with the first hour of business (store hours vary) reserved for 60+, expectant mothers, people with disabilities and those with compromised immune systems (Find a store near you). Seniors only shop 8-9 a.m. daily in the South Bay area, except Milpitas 8:30-9:30 am. – Also Daly City, Richmond, Concord, Foster City, Pleasanton, San Jose, and many more locations.
  • Gus’s Community Market: Haight Street Market, Noriega Produce, Mission Bay and 17th & Harrison open for those 60+ from 7 to 8 a.m. daily beginning today. Now closing at 8 p.m. for cleaning & re-stocking.
  • Target: Senior citizens and people with underlying health concerns can shop at Target stores nationwide every Wednesday starting at 8 a.m. All Target stores across the country will close at 9 p.m. to restock their shelves. (Find your local store here.)
  • Whole Foods: Starting March 18, customers 60 years of age or older can shop at Whole Foods at 8 a.m. – one hour early. Some stores will close up to two hours earlier. (Find your local store here.)
  • Berkeley Bowl Marketplace: All senior citizens can from 9 to 10 a.m.(one hour before the market opens). Regular hours now 10 a.m. to 7 p.,m.
  • Walmart: From March 24 through April 28, Walmart’s 5,000-plus U.S. stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older, which will start one hour before stores open. Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. local time. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours.
  • Dollar General: Dollar General designated the first hour at its more than 16,000 stores in 44 states as open daily to senior shoppers including Bay Area stores in Vallejo, Concord, Brentwood, Antioch (Find your local store here)
  • Oliver’s Markets: Sonoma County local markets are opening from 6 to 7 a.m. just for seniors 7 days a week, plus they are extending their 10% senior discount (normally only Thursdays) to be every day. Stores in Windsor, Cotati, Santa Rosa
  • Lucky – Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky stores have set aside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 a.m. for higher risk populations to shop. The company is asking other guests to allow seniors and vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, primary access to our stores during these times.
Employment/Unemployment/Human Services
Medical Care
  • Advice Nurse for Veterans: Registered nurses are available to provide enrolled veterans with free, confidential to health questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Call Center, toll-free at 1-800-382-VETS (1-800-382-8387)
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administrator: Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
Child Care
  •  Find child care options through CoCo Kids. Click here!

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