March 17, 2020

Last updated 3 p.m. July 27

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Official Public Health Organizations: 
Eviction help:
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that bans residential evictions statewide on Friday, March 27. Under the statewide moratorium, you must notify your landlord in writing no later than 7 days after rent is due, and many local ordinances geared toward both residential and commercial tenants require written notice before rent is due. Find info on the EO and more here:
Food/Community Assistance: 
  • Bethleman Center1638 N. Dinuba Blvd., Visalia, CA 93291; 559-734-1572. Provides meals, food boxes and clothing. The Center also provides various resources for the community. 
  • Exeter Food Closet: 200 South G St., Exeter, CA 93221; 559- 592- 9200 
  • Love, Inc.: 17612 Ave 232 Lindsay, CA 93247; 559-562-4437. Assists individuals in the community with various items. Assistance with transportation, shopping, plumbing, carpentry, yard work, relief care, companionship for elderly, help in filling out forms, counseling, referrals for food, short term housing, baby supplies, clothing, jobs and furniture. 
  • Alpaugh Memorial Building: 5516 Tule Road, Alpaugh, CA 93201; 559-949-8530. USDA Commodities Distribution Site. 
  • Bethel Assembly of God: 516 N M Street, Tulare, CA 93274; 559-688-7545. Emergency food pantry. A community food distribution service that provides food for needy families and individuals.
  • Find these options and more here: 
  • Bitwise Industries has offered to provide free grocery delivery for elderly or sick people in Fresno, Madera, and Tulare counties. Send the recipient, address, and shopping list to or call 559-460-7809.
  • Tulare, Visalia and nearby school districts are offering grab-n-go meal services at various schools. The districts will offer free breakfast and lunch for children ages 1 to 18, five days a week. The services will run through April 3. April 6–13 is spring break for all three districts. Most closed schools currently plan to resume classes April 14.
    • Visalia: The VUSD grab-n-go meal service pickup school sites will operate from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to April 3.  
      • Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School 
      • Cottonwood Creek Elementary School 
      • Bus stop at Cameron and Oakview 
      • Divisadero Middle School 
      • Elbow Creek Elementary School 
      • Four Creeks Elementary School 
      • Bus stop at Douglas and Gowdy 
      • Global Learning Charter School 
      • Goshen Elementary School 
      • Houston Elementary School 
      • Ivanhoe Elementary School 
      • Linwood Elementary School 
      • Manuel F. Hernandez Elementary School 
      • Mineral King Elementary School 
      • Valley Oak Middle School 
      • Veva Blunt Elementary School 
      • Washington Elementary School 
      • Willow Glenn Elementary School
    • Bus stop grab-n-go meal service sites will operate for four hours after regular morning bus stops from Wednesday to April 3. 
      • All regular bus stops for Annie R. Mitchell 
      • All regular bus stops for Elbow Creek 
      • All regular bus stops for Goshen 
      • All regular bus stops for Ivanhoe 
      • All regular bus stops for Linwood
    • Tulare: Breakfast and lunch will be served at all TCSD elementary and middle school sites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Alvaro Costa, coordinator for TCSD’s nutrition services. Meals will also be served at the following high schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until April 3, according to TJUHSD Food Services Director Janet Stephens: 
      • Mission Oak High School 
      • Tulare Union High School 
      • Tulare Western High School
    • Exeter: Exeter grab-n-go meal service pickup spots will operate 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until April 3. 
      • Rocky Hill Elementary School 
      • Lincoln Elementary School
    • Farmersville: Farmersville grab-n-go meal service pickup spots will operate 11 a.m. to noon until April 3. 
      • Farmersville High School 
      • Farmersville Junior High 
      • Hester Elementary 
      • Freedom Elementary 
      • Snowden Elementary
    • Cutler-OrosiL Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District grab-n-go meal service pickup spots will operate 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until April 3.
      • Orosi High School student parking lot
Mental Health: 
Assistance with Utility Bills/Rent:
  • First presbyterian Church, Ivanhoe: They may pay partial payment on a utility or rent if funding is available. 559-798-0443 
  • Open Gate Ministries: 511 North K Street, Dinuba, CA 93618; 559-591-1241. Provides utility and rental assistance. Assist residents with job and housing searches and provides a community food distribution service. 
  • Visalia Emergency Aid Council: 620 W. Houston Ave., Visalia, CA 93291; 559-635-8525. Provides food, clothing, furnishing and emergency prescriptions for children, Lions vision, emergency shelter and rental assistance. 
  • Exeter Food Closet: 200 South G St., Exeter, CA 93221; 559- 592-9200. Will provide rental assistance if funds allow.
  • Find these services and more here:
  • PG&E won’t shut off your power if you can’t pay, as of March 12th. Flexible pay plans will be available for people who are able to show they have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Internet Essentials: Free service for two months for new customers (low-income) –
  • Spectrum: Charter will offer 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. To enroll call 844-488-8395. More info.
Undocumented/Immigrant/Refugee Community Help:
Domestic Violence: 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Karen’s House: 24-hour crisis response and emergency shelter to women, men and children affected by domestic violence. 559-732-5941. 

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