Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
University of California
Desert Research and Extension Center

COVID-19 Community Resources

To support the Imperial County community during the COVID-19 pandemic, here is a list of resources available for public access. This resource list was developed by Yu Meng based on her survey on community needs. If you want more specific information or have questions and/or concerns, please email or request more information through the Stay Connected with UCCE Survey.

CalFresh Food (Food Stamps) response to COVID-19

Information on COVID-19

California Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults. CDC Video: What older adults need to know

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children: children.html

Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women from the World Health Organization (WHO): and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee:

California Workers During COVID-19 Crisis: Filing for Supplemental Pay due to Impacts on Wages:

Imperial County Public Health Updates:


Emergency Food Assistance

Apply for CalFresh online (also known as food stamps or SNAP):

Food Banks & Other Emergency Food Sites:

For information in Imperial, contact Thania Lopez,, 760-370-0966.

Distribution Sites:

Follow Imperial food bank for schedules:

School Meal Distribution Map:

Assistance for Women, Infants & Children (WIC):


COVID-19 and Food Safety

For Extension educators:

English version:

Spanish version:

For consumers to enhance personal hygiene and safe food handling:

English version:

For takeout concerns:

For infant feeding:

For organization and food facilities:

Cleaning and Disinfect:

For safe water:

Food safety factsheet:

Food Storage: has a comprehensive guide on how to store different kinds of food:

Reduce food waste: Ideas for Food Waste Reduction


Support Positive Youth Development

4-H Youth Projects:

Imperial County 4-H Resource Library:

STEM: Growing list of online resources shared by members of the Community of Practice to help families keep the learning going during these challenging times:

Follow us for daily updates on activities that youth and families can do at home:

To request more resources, please email


Physical Activity at Home

Teach children the importance of nutrition and physical activity using interactive websites and games.

Physical Activity for Families: 

Get moving as a family! (Video)

Tips for getting active indoors (Video)

Google Classroom:

Gardening is a good activity to reduce screen time and active way for children: Slow Food USA's "Clean" curriculum is a flexible resource that includes tips on starting a garden, activities, worksheets, recipes, and more: has easy gardening activities to do with kids:

Great Garden Detective Adventures


Follow us for more ideas of Healthy Living:


Nutrition Resources:

USDA guidance, choose my plate:

Activities, materials, and infographics:

For more daily cooking and ideas: follow us on Facebook:

Farm Smart:

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC:

Webmaster Email: