How You Can Give and Receive Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 25, 2020 | Category: Articles


In light of recent events, it’s more important than ever to come together as a community. Some of our clients have asked if we know of ways to help. There are many organizations in need of assistance and donations. We’ve compiled a list of Bay Area community groups that are currently accepting donations and volunteers during the coronavirus crisis and resources for those who may be in need of assistance. Please share this compilation with those who may be interested in learning more or helping out, and let us know if you have a resource or nonprofit to add.

Give & Receive

Bay Area Nonprofits

Blood Banks

American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region

The Red Cross is in need of monetary donations and healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood for patients in need. Visit their website to easily find a location near you and schedule an appointment.

Food Banks

Meals on Wheels

Donations can help deliver approximately 7,200 meals a day to 3,600 residents. The residents they serve are mostly over 60 and have difficulty leaving their homes. To donate, visit your county’s website:

Contra Costa


Alameda County Community Food Bank

Partnered with Stephen and Ayesha Curry during the coronavirus epidemic, the food bank is distributing healthy meals to Alameda County kids and families.

Open Heart Kitchen

Open Heart Kitchen is committed to serving free, nutritious meals to low-income seniors, the unemployed, and children of families struggling to get by. Although Open Heart Kitchen has temporarily halted its volunteer program, they are in need of donations.

Supply Banks


Supply Bank distributes provisions such as diapers, baby wipes, hygiene supplies, school supplies, refurbished laptops and more. Supply Bank partner with 450 agencies throughout the Bay Area and California.

Emergency Relief

Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund

The Season of Sharing Fund is offering grants for housing and critical family needs and food assistance. They are partnered with dozens of community service agencies.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Donations will support organizations representing each of the Bay Area counties and their immediate efforts in addressing COVID-19 related challenges.

Tipping Point Community

Donations support Tipping Point’s network of grantees so they can continue serving as a resource for our neighbors in this time of need, and 100 percent of donations go directly to its nonprofits supporting vulnerable communities.

Helpful Resources

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: This site provides information on disaster loan assistance for businesses and private nonprofits.

Local School Lunch Programs

Click on the following links to find locations and times free meals will be offered to students in your school district:

East Bay

Dublin Unified School District

Livermore School District

Pleasanton Unified School District

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)


South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD)

San Mateo -Foster City School District (SMFCSD)

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)

South Bay

San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD)

Stay Informed

The following websites provide reliable, up-to-date information on COVID-19 and local response efforts.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to dominate the news, raising concerns among individuals and for our economy. This page provides links to CalChamberfederalstate and local resources.

Contra Costa Health Services – Get the latest local information on the coronavirus and what is being done in Contra Costa.

California is issuing daily updates on COVID-19. To see the most recent update, visit the CDPH News Release page.