Resources for Children and Families During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 16, 2020
Ryan Imondi

Children’s Institute has compiled a list of helpful resources available to children and families impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles. We will continue to update this list as new resources become available.

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  • Hawthorne School District
      • Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch: 10:00 am-noon Monday-Friday through April 3
      • Free breakfast and lunch will be available for all children ages 0-18 at:
        • Eucalyptus Elementary: 10244 S. EUCALYPTUS AVENUE
        • Kornblum Elementary: 3620 W. EL SEGUNDO BLVD.
        • Prairie Vista Middle School: 13600 PRAIRIE AVENUE
        • Washington Elementary/ Hawthorne Middle School: 4339 W. 129TH STREET
  • El Torito Restaurant
    • Will be providing free takeout meals due to the school closures for children 12 years and under without any contingencies.
  •  LAUSD
    • Pickup breakfast and lunch from 7:00-10:00 am Monday-Friday. Meals are for children ages 1-18. Children must be physically present to receive a meal. All meals must be picked up and taken offsite.
    • Find the nearest location here.
  •  St. Francis Center
    • Pickup breakfast six days a week from 7:30-8:00 am Monday, 7:30-9:00 am Tuesday-Friday, or 8:30 -10:00 am Saturday. Meals are for anyone in need, but must be picked up and taken offsite.
  • City of Lynnwood
  • TEACH Academy of Technologies
    • Offering free meals for all TEACH students and all community children ages 5-17 in the area, regardless if they attend TEACH Public Schools. Students are encouraged to bring a bag with them to put all 3 meals in safely.
    • Serving Times are 9:30 am-noon operating through Friday, March 27 (may extend to April 3 if we extend the closure)
  • Ánimo College Preparatory Academy
    • Breakfast and lunch served between 9:00 am-noon between Monday-Friday
  • DREAM Center
    • Offering free meals for all LAUSD students, but students must be physically present to receive meals.
    • Breakfast is served from 7:30-9:30 am; lunch from 11:30 am-1:30 pm; and dinner from; 4:30-6:30 pm.
  • CII Preschools
    • Families with children enrolled at a CII preschool can pickup meals at their child’s preschool from 11:30 am and 12:45 pm between Monday-Friday.
  • LAUSD and LA Charter School
    • Each LAUSD and Charter school providing meals with location and schedule included on this map here.
  •  Long Beach Unified School District
    • Meals for students in the district served from 8:00-9:00 am for breakfast and 11:30 am to 1 pm for lunch on Monday, March 23 at all schools except Beach/Reid, Browning, CAMS, Lowell, Millikan, Naples, PAAL, Renaissance, Sato and Stanford. Those schools will no longer serve meals during the school closure period. Starting Tuesday, March 24 the remainder of schools offering meals will transition to one pick-up period from 11:30 am-1 pm. During that time, students can receive lunch along with food items for the next day’s breakfast. Students who attend schools that no longer serve meals can still receive meals at their nearest school.
  •  Hollywood Food Coalition 
    • Location: 5939 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90028, 
    • When: Every night from 6:30 pm-8 pm for a hot take away meal
    • Phone number: (323) 462-2032
  •  Carvey Kitchen: Pico Robertson
    • 8832 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
    • For children under 18: free grab-and-go meal available for curbside pick-up (child must be present) 8:00 am-7:00 pm. Just drop by, no order necessary.
    • For seniors 65 and over: 30% off all meals (free delivery). Order by phone or online.
  •  Lynwood Unified School District
    • Breakfast and lunch are served to the community for the takeaway from 8:00 am-10:00 am on Monday-Friday at Lynwood and Firebaugh High schools, Cesar Chavez Middle School, along with Rosa Parks and Helen Keller Elementary schools.

Food Pantries and Food Banks

  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
    • Type your zip code clicking the link above to find your nearest food bank.
    • Please call the food bank before going as many are by appointment only right now.
  • Food Net. Centro Maravilla
    • Schedule is posted by click on the link above.
    • By appointment only so please call (323) 260-2804.
  • SOVAFood Pantry 
    • Hours are 9:00 am-noon Sunday and 10:00 am-1:30 pm Monday -Thursday
    • Eligibility requirement can be found here.
  • St. Francis Center
    • Recipients must register on Tuesdays between 10 am-noon and must provide a photo ID, proof of address and fill out an application with information used for our internal census. Pantry services will either be modified to a pre-bag model of distribution or modified clients’ choice model of distribution.
  • Paramount Care Foundation
    • Fridays from 9:00-10:00 am
    • Please call (562) 272-7647 before going
  • St. Lawrence of Brindisi Catholic Church
    • Free canned grocery distribution from 7:00-8:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • WLCAC Family Source Center
    • Fresh produce giveaway from noon-2:00 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
    • Call in advance to confirm food supplies are still being distributed for the scheduled times.
  •  Women In Action Reaching Out – Long Beach
    • Address: 851 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach CA 90805
    • Phone: 562.253.8078
    • Hours: Thursday 9:00-10:00 am
  •  Long Beach Lutheran Social Services
    • Address: 1611 Pine Avenue, Long Beach CA 90813
    • Phone: 562.599.1321
    • Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 am-12:00 pm & 12:30-2:00 PM
  •  Catholic Charities of Long Beach
    • Address: 123 East 14th Street, Long Beach CA 90813
    • Phone: (213) 251-3432
    • Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:30-3:00 PM
  •  Carson Hope Community
    • 129 E 223rd Street,  Carson 90745 CA
    • Phone: 310.480.0117
    • Hours: Thursday 11:00 am-4:00 pm
  •  St. Peter and Paul Poverty Program- Wilmington 
    • Address: 943 Lagoon Avenue,  Wilmington CA 90745
    • Phone: 310.834.5215
    • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-11:00 am
  •  Centro Palabra de Fe Church – Compton
    • Address: 107 W. Artesia Boulevard, Compton CA 90220
    • Phone: 310-632-7337
    • Hours: Every Saturday from 11 AM to noon, curbside service

For Seniors

  • Meals on Wheels: Taking new applicants on waitlist. Prioritizing senior citizens.
    • To request meal service, call us at (213) 484-7775 between the hours of 8:00 am-4:00 pm, email, or fill out the form on the attached link.
  • Everytable
    • The company is distributing meals to seniors who need food brought to their homes. Meals are also being made available to students. Food distribution centers that can distribute food to a large group should also contact Everytable at (323) 458-6487.
    • Greater Emmanuel Temple
      • Seniors in Lynwood, Compton, South Gate, Watts who need food delivery.
      • Please call (424) 296-0400 to schedule food delivery
      • 9:00 am-noon, Tuesday-Friday
    • Grocery stores allowing Senior Citizen-only shopping hours:
      • All locations for Super A between 7:00-8:00 am 
      • Vallarta Supermarket:  7:00-8:00 am
      • Northgate Market:  7:00-8:00 am 
      • Big Saver Foods: 7:00-8:00 am
      • Cardenas: 7:00-8:00 am
      • Stater Bros Markets: 7:00-8:00 am
      • Smart & Final: 7:30-8:00
      • Albertsons: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7:00-9:00 am
      • Target: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00 am
      • Long Beach area:  Food delivered to seniors, disabled and individuals who have compromised immune systems  
        • Mother’s Market 
        • All stores in the Southern Los Angeles and Long Beach region will allow the elderly, disabled and individuals with compromised immune systems to sign up for grocery deliveries to their homes. Stores are also opening an hour early at 6:00 am on Wednesdays to allow them time to shop for groceries.   
        • Sign up for food delivery on Mother’s Market site Mother’s Market & Kitchen Powered by Instacart and use the code FREE4SENIORS  
        • All Mother’s Market stores locations 
        • Every Wednesday, starting March 18, all stores will open at 6:00 a.m., one hour earlier, to accommodate only people who fall into high-risk populations – elderly, disabled, those with compromised immune systems, chemo patients, etc.

Educational Resources

For Immigrants and Folks Who are Undocumented

  • Guide created by California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance available here.
  • Testing for COVID 19 will not impact public charge status:
  • Know Your Rights Information 
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of LA (CHIRLA) :
    • Hotline: 888-624-4752 (Providing referrals to immigrant communities to the appropriate resources) 
    • Virtual DACA Renewal Appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays (30 participants per day) Must register at (link will close when appointment slots have been filled and will reopen for appointments on the following Tuesday and Thursday).
    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice- LA (AAAJ-LA) : Clients can call their helplines to get questions answered about various topics: citizenship, or other immigration remedies/ petitions, DCA renewals, family law, insurance access/ public charge, workers rights issues, etc. 
      • English: 888-349-9695
      • Chinese: 800-520-2356
      • Korean: 800-867-3640
      • Tagalog: 855-300-2552
      • Thai: 800-914-9583

Employment Resources

  • Click here to learn more about resources for workers impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) 
  • Click here to learn more if you have been laid off, experienced reduced hours, or need tax assistance
  • Benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19 and also heck out the EDD’s Frequently Asked Questions here.
  • Utility Bill Relief:
  • LA Job Portal : Mayor Garcetti announced the L.A. Jobs Portal, a place to support residents who’s jobs have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • WIC: People who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 crisis and are pregnant, postpartum, or have a child under 5-years-old can apply for WIC services by texting APPLY to 91997, calling WIC at 888-942-2229, or visiting 

Free Internet Services

  • LAUSD has compiled free internet resources for children and families needing access.
  • Charter Communications Spectrum Broadband: Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.
  • Comcast: New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax.
  • Zoom: Temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the coronavirus.


  • SoCal Gas: Announced they will not disconnect services to customers who are not able to pay their bills due to COVID-19 hardships. Please call 1-800-427-2200.

Domestic Violence


  • The LAHSA Information Hotline is open and available. Call (213) 225-6581, 7:30 am-4:30 pm. They can provide shelter referrals and winter shelter information.

For Foster Youth and Former Foster Youth

  • Some foster youth who live on-campus may have no home to go to when their college campuses close. If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed, please contact Together We Rise ( ) and they will provide or help find housing.
  • iFoster is currently offering technology access to foster youth ages 13-24, which include: free ,unlimited high-speed data hotspots, headsets, and laptops to assist in taking online classes. For additional information on the resources that they have, call or email iFoster at: 1-855-936-7837 or .
  • If you are, or were previously, in foster care and need a laptop for remote learning for school, email One Simple Wish at