Community Support COVID-19

Posted to Featured, Grid Blogs, Shop the Grid March 16th, 2020
Community Resources and Assistance

6/1/20 Loaves & Fishes Statement


In response to the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on the Sacramento Restaurant Community and the Farm-to-Fork movement, Mayor Steinberg and Region Restaurants have established this GoFundMe to help support the survival and reopening of our locally owned independent restaurants and bars.  We ask that you donate to help support this cause.

Family Meal Sacramento – Please donate and share!
Family Meal is a chef-driven initiative to mobilize restaurants as micro-commissaries to create meals for people in need. Your contribution not only feeds people in need but also benefits everyone in the food service supply chain. Restaurants utilize the donation to keep staff on payroll and order supplies from local farmers and purveyors in the “farm to fork” capital of the world.

#UniteSac – A Sacramento community COVID-19 relief effort
We are a community-based platform focused on helping our City in response to the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

Donate4Sacramento COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

Public, private, labor and nonprofit leaders throughout the Sacramento region have joined forces to raise both awareness of what we as a community are confronting and resources that will be dedicated to help vulnerable populations and small businesses.

Kiva Small Businesses Loans
Small businesses are suffering under the impact of Coronavirus COVID-19. But we believe the Kiva community can help, which is why we’re expanding our Kiva U.S. program to make loans more available than ever for small business owners during tough economic times.
In addition to 0% interest and no fees, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to the following:
Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the US will be eligible for a Kiva loan.
Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.
>> Apply here

Here are some resources compiled by the Midtown Business Association MBA for the community:
  • Raley’s and Nugget Markets are both hiring at this time.
  • Midtown Association is hiring for a Safety Assistant, please email Luis, Clean & Safe Manager, for more information.
  • Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Sign up for their newsletter to stay informed on grant information as it surfaces.
  • The One Fair Wage Campaign has started a relief fund for restaurants and gig workers affected by the crisis. Learn more here.
  • Children of Restaurant Employees is providing help to restaurant workers who have been diagnosed with COVID and have a child at home. Learn more here.
  • Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation has started a COVID Crisis Relief Fund, apply and learn more here.
  • Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the COVID-19 impact on the economy can get help through the EDD Rapid Response Program.
  • Grubhub has set up a Community Relief Fund for those restaurants and workers impact by COVID. Make donations here.

Dear Sacramento Loaves & Fishes Community,

We have heard some concerns around whether Loaves & Fishes is still operating in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. To clarify, we are open from 7am to noon, Monday through Friday. Modified hours were put into effect last Monday, March 16th and specific program information is listed below:
• Breakfast is being provided at Friendship Park to guests and is open until noon.
• The Dining Room is serving lunch each day from 10am to noon.
• Maryhouse is distributing survival supplies to our women and families and providing access to showers.
• The Wash House is providing shower access to men.
• Sister Nora’s Place, our onsite shelter for women, is open and operating.
If there are any changes to services, we will communicate it out via website, email, and social media.

During this time of uncertainty and worry, we remain focused on doing what we can for our guests. We are taking precautions at our programs to deliver services, but guard against COVID-19 – reminding people to wash hands, not to touch their faces, and practice social distancing. We’ve increased hand washing stations on campus and will distribute hand sanitizer to guests as we receive them. We continue to monitor the local, state, and federal response and will adjust our protocols and back-up plans for delivering services as advised.

Stay up to date and read the latest news/media mentions below:

Most importantly: we want you to know we are still here for our family, our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness. Our fear is that we will see the number of guests increase in the coming weeks for the families on the fringe of extreme poverty and your help is needed. We still need volunteers, although we have limited spots to ensure that people can maintain a safe distance from each other while working. We also need in-kind donations as seen on our needs list, or monetary donations online or checks sent to PO Box 13495, Sacramento, CA 95813. We will keep you informed with any changes or other announcements. For questions or concerns, please email Thank you all.

Please stay safe and healthy, and help where you can.

In community,
Noel Kammermann