ACCESS TO FOOD
Free meals and groceries
The City of Milpitas, Milpitas Unified School District, India Community Center, Santa Clara County, and others are doing what they can to support Milpitas residents who are struggling to afford groceries/meals during this time. Here’s a flyer which is full of ways to receive free meals and groceries.
Free groceries, clothing, and household items
The Milpitas Food Pantry distributes emergency food and provides food assistance. They also have a clothes closet for those in need of garments and household items. Find more information here.
Sacred Heart Community Service also provides food, clothing, and other resources. Learn more here.
Every Thursday, families in need can receive free meals from a different restaurant in Milpitas. The Milpitas Community Educational Endowment, Milpitas Chamber of Commerce, and The Milpitas Beat have partnered up to host Takeout Thursdays to support local restaurants and families in need of meals. Go here to learn more.
Grocery shopping for seniors
For any seniors who need volunteers to go grocery shopping or pick up medication for them, go here.
SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Facebook giving out grants
Facebook is currently investing $100 million into helping small businesses recover. Facebook has opened up the application process to applicants who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more here.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund giving out grants up to $10K
The Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund is giving grants “to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.” On their website, they say that their next round of funding is opening up in mid-April (which should be right about now), so get on their mailing list to be informed about when applications are being reviewed.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation giving out $5K grants
Led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the goal is to give $5K grants to offer short-term relief to businesses in the days ahead. Go to savesmallbusiness.com to learn more and apply.
Milpitas Chamber of Commerce
Click here to access the Chamber’s COVID-19 resource page for businesses.
City of Milpitas
Click here to access the City of Milpitas’ COVID-19 Resource page for small business owners.
The Milpitas Beat is offering free advertising to support small business owners. Please reach out to us if you’re interested.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT
Various organizations throughout Santa Clara County are able to support victims facing domestic violence. Go here for more information.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Suicide and Crisis hotline, text services
Santa Clara County’s Behavioral Health Services Department offers a Suicide and Crisis hotline at 1 (855) 278-4204. They also have Crisis Counseling available over text message. Residents of Santa Clara County can text RENEW to 741741. Both the hotline and text service are free of charge, and go on 24/7.
FREE OFFERINGS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS
Free child care for frontline healthcare workers
Cisco and Bright Horizons have teamed up with #FirstRespondersFirst to open a special child care hub in Milpitas with COVID-19 protocols in place, like small group sizes and intensive cleaning practices. This child care is currently available until July 17. Local is at 800 Barber Lane. For more details, call: 408-853-2196; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free roadside assistance for healthcare workers and first responders
AAA is offering “roadside assistance to those heroes on the frontlines of helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic, whether they’re a AAA Member or not.” They just need to call 1-800-AAA-HELP. More info about it here.
Please reach out to us if there’s anything we should be adding to our Resource list!