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COVID-19 Give/Receive Assistance



L.A. County recently launched a COVID-19 Disaster Help Center website and hotline to help workers and businesses navigate available assistance:

Phone: 833-238-4450 (weekdays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
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  • Small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for $349 billion in loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
  • The State of California is providing $50 million in loan guarantees to businesses that don't qualify for the federal aid, "including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities."
  • The City of L.A. is offering emergency micro-loans between $5,000 and $50,000 to small businesses affected by the coronavirus.
  • The Jewish Free Loan Association is offering interest-free and fee-free loans that can be turned around in a matter of days to folks impacted by coronavirus, for anything from everyday expenses to childcare to lost wages. You do not need to be Jewish to apply.



Gov. Gavin Newsom is also encouraging people whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak to apply for unemployment or disability. And the federal government recently passed a bill requiring employers to pay sick leave and family leave. Read our guide on that here.


  • For the closest food pantry or food bank, visit the Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator.
  • The Los Angeles LGBT Center has opened their Pride Pantry with both drive up and foot pick up available via appointment.
  • Everytable is offering meals to all Angelinos in need, including food distribution for seniors who need food brought to their homes, food for students and food for groups.
  • People4PeopleLA is shopping for and delivering food, medicine and household supplies to elderly Angelinos and others who cannot leave their home during the pandemic. Call 707-390-0269 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a request.
  • Eastside Riders is providing free breakfast for students in Watts from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • LA Dream Center in Silver Lake is providing free meals for all LAUSD students from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • TEACH Academy of Technologies is offering free meals for pick-up to all children ages 5 through 17, with a valid student ID from any school. Meals are provided between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Hugo's kids menu will be free for guests 12 and under throughout the LAUSD closure.
  • Los Angelitos Bakery is offering one free bread to children ages 5 to 13, Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • The City of Lynwood is offering free meals from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for kids of all ages.
  • El Torito restaurants are offering free (take-out only) meals to all kids ages 12 and under.
  • Toast in Whittier, The Benediction in City of Industry and The Dylan in Brea are offering free take-out breakfast burritos to kids ages 6 to 12 Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Acapulco Restaurant y Cantina is offering free (take-out only) meals to kids ages 12 and under at all their locations.

LALC & Bullet Bar Pantry

This branch of LALC CAReS - Community Assistance Resource Service - is for those in need of food supplies, clothes, toiletries, etc. and is proudly sponsored by The Bullet Bar.

We are offering either no contact pick-up, or delivery services.

All Shoppers and Delivery volunteers will wear a mask, gloves and use sanitizer for your safety and ours.

Also check out these maps we put together of school sites and community centers offering free meals for kids for pick-up.


  • CVS Pharmacy will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medications.
  • Walgreens is waiving delivery fees for all eligible prescriptions during this evolving situation and any purchase on Walgreens.com.


You can also check out this crowd-sourced list of resources in Los Angeles (note: this is an external list that we have not vetted).



For businesses that want to reopen, there's a kit to download with the official process.


If you’d like to make a donation to the LALC/Bullet Bar Pantry please contact Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include "Pantry Donation" in the subject line.

Be an Operator on The LALC Lifeline: This branch is for those people who feel alone and need to talk to someone. This will be a "buddy system". The volunteers would be a members of the community who would be willing to talk to those individuals, day or night. Please Contact Mistress Cyan St. James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

L.A. is launching a new program where volunteers will call local businesses and explain guidelines to them. Volunteer signups are open to the general public at volunteer.lacity.org.


Governor Newsom reinforced that counties are not mandated to open (as they are in some other states), and that local officials can make their own decisions.

Masks were made mandatory in California on June 18, 2020. People state-wide must wear face coverings when:

  • Inside indoor public spaces
  • In line to enter indoor public spaces
  • Outdoors in public spaces when it's not feasible to keep 6 feet of physical distance (from non-household members)
  • Healthcare settings like hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, labs, doctor's offices, dental offices, veterinary clinics, blood banks and more
  • Waiting for public transportation, paratransit, taxis, private car service, ride-sharing vehicles
  • Riding in/on public transportation, paratransit, taxis, private car service, ride-sharing vehicles
  • Driving or operating public transportation, paratransit, taxis, private car service, ride-sharing vehicles when passengers are present (and when no passengers are present, face coverings are still strongly recommended).
  • Working — at your workplace, or off-site — if,
  1. interacting with the public, or
  2. in a space visited by members of the public even if no one is there at the time, or
  3. in a space where food is prepared or packaged, or
  4. walking through common areas like hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities, or
  5. in a room or enclosed area with non-household members where you're unable to physically distance

There are some exceptions:

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said without wearing face coverings and limiting exposure, a COVID-19-positive person can infect 2.5 people in five days, which could lead to more than 400 people being infected in 30 days. To reduce exposure:

  • Wear face coverings
  • Maintain physical distance
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Practice good hand hygiene and washing your hands
  • Stay home while sick
  • Socially distance from other people in your hold when sick
  • stay home if you are 65 or older or have underlying medical conditions
  • Answer a call from contact tracers

3 Phases to Citywide Normalization

A three-phased approach to normalization, albeit without time requirements. The strategy is contingent upon states having data about case levels, the capacity to treat all patients and test healthcare workers, and the ability to trace the contacts of those infected. States can decide on a county-by-county approach, according to an 18-page document obtained by NPR.

Each phase would require a 14-day period with a "downward trajectory" of cases to advance to the next one. Here's an overview:

Phase One:

  • States or regions would have social distancing guidelines similar to those in place now
  • A prohibition on gatherings of more than 10
  • Maximized physical distance
  • Working from home when possible
  • The closures of schools and bars etc.
  • Strict physical distancing protocols would be ordered for places like restaurants, theaters, sporting venues, churches and gyms.
  • Vulnerable people would be urged to stay home.

Phase Two:

  • States and regions that show no signs of a rebound could expand gatherings to 50 people.
  • Resume non-essential travel.
  • Working from home would still be encouraged.
  • Schools could reopen and bars could operate with "diminished standing-room occupancy."
  • Vulnerable people still would be urged to stay home.

Phase Three:

  • States and regions could expand guidance so that vulnerable individuals could go out in public.
  • Visits to hospitals and nursing homes could resume.

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