As part of the administration’s commitment to transparency, this page provides the public with access to contracts valued at over $250,000 that have been entered into as part of the state’s response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this page is to allow Californians to monitor state spending and know where their tax dollars are going.

This page will be updated frequently as additional contracts become available and is meant to include significant high-value contracts that may be of interest to the public. It is not meant to be a full accounting of ALL state expenditures. For more detailed information on state spending, you are encouraged to visit California’s financial transparency portal Open FI$Cal which displays data from the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal).





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If you or someone you know needs help getting food during the coronavirus outbreak, there are resources available.

On this page:

Emergency food and food benefits

CalFresh food benefits

CalFresh provides food benefits to help people buy most foods at most grocery stores and farmers markets. People and families with low income can apply for CalFresh any time. If you have a change in income, even a temporary one because of the coronavirus, you can apply for CalFresh food benefits.

To apply, visit CalFresh online or call 1‑877‑847‑3663 (1‑877‑847‑FOOD).

EBT cards work online

CalFresh benefits (sometimes called SNAP or food stamps) are issued on an EBT card each month. This card can be used to buy groceries online at Amazon, Walmart, and Aldi stores through Instacart. You can also shop online at Albertsons, Vons, and Safeway stores and pay with your EBT card at pickup. 

Temporary expanded eligibility for college students

Beginning January 16, 2021, some students are eligible to receive CalFresh benefits to help pay for groceries. Learn more about the temporary changes to student eligibility and how to apply online.

Food banks

Local food banks and pantries are open and operating across California. Find a local food bank near you.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food benefits

WIC helps families get access to healthy foods and a lot more. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and benefits for healthy foods. WIC can also help with finding health care and other community services.

WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Parents, grandparents, foster parents, or guardians can enroll children up to their 5th birthday. Working families and migrant families can apply too.

From June to September 2021, families receiving WIC will have a temporary increase in their monthly WIC fruits and vegetables benefit.

If you recently lost your job because of COVID-19, you can apply for WIC. You can also apply if your income has changed or you are unable to work, even temporarily due to COVID-19.

Find out if you qualify at, or call 1‑888‑942‑9675 (1‑888‑WIC‑WORKS) for more information.

WIC locations have procedures to get you WIC benefits quickly, even when closed to the public. Please call before visiting.

Families with school-aged children

School meals and the ‘CA Meals for Kids’ app

The governor’s executive order ensures public schools will retain full funding. Check your local school district for more information on how and where to receive free or reduced-cost school meals.

The CA Meals for Kids app can help students and families find meals during COVID-19 emergency school closures. The app is free and can be downloaded from Apple’s App StoreGoogle’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school can get extra benefits to help buy food when schools are closed due to COVID-19. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

Families can use P-EBT benefits to buy food at most grocery stores and farmers markets, and to buy groceries online at Amazon, Walmart, and Aldi stores through Instacart. Families can also shop online at Albertsons, Vons, and Safeway stores and pay with their EBT card at pickup.

Cards are mailed directly to families with eligible children. Make sure your child’s school has their most current mailing address on file. These benefits are available through September 2021.

Students can still pick up to-go schools meals even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits.

Older adults

Great Plates Delivered: Free meals delivered to seniors

Older adults can get daily meals delivered to their homes from local restaurants through this program. Check Great Plates Delivered to find out how to sign up.

Home-delivered meals for older adults

Older adults (aged 60+) who live at home and find cooking difficult may be able to receive prepared meals delivered to their home, regardless of income level. And seniors who used to visit community meal sites can have those meals home-delivered instead. 

Find a meal provider in your area or call 1‑800‑510‑2020.

To find more information about services available for older adults, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers, see the California Department of Aging or call the California Aging and Adult Info Line at 1‑800‑510‑2020.

To connect with more services and support in your local area, visit Find Services in My County.

Food bank food for older adults

Older adults (aged 60+) can get a box of nutritious food to help supplement their diets through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The listed Food Banks are distributing the CSFP boxes. Please call the listed food bank in your area for more information on how you can participate in the program.

Statewide COVID-19 information hotline

This COVID-19 hotline connects seniors to vital state and local services and resources, as well as answers general questions about COVID-19. It’s a part of an ongoing effort to provide reliable, trusted information and support to any Californian who needs it.

California COVID-19 Hotline: 833‑422‑4255 (833‑4CA‑4ALL)

The call center is open 7 days a week:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time 
  • Saturday and Sunday,  8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time


211 is a free and confidential information and referral service that connects people to local resources. It is available in more than 100 languages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

If you need assistance finding food or other essential services, dial 211 to speak to someone who can help, or visit


A program of the AARP Foundation, Connect2Affect helps seniors find support services in their area, such as food and medical care. 

The site also has tools for evaluating isolation risk, reconnecting to community, and reaching out to those who may be feeling lonely.

Eldercare Locator

Older adults and their families can connect to services and resources in their local community by visiting the Eldercare Locator website or by calling 1‑800‑677‑1116.


GoGoGrandparent is a paid service that people can  use to order meals and groceries for home delivery with a phone call. You don’t need a smartphone to use it. To sign up, call 1‑855‑754‑5328 or register online

Once registered, you can get delivery from most local grocery stores and restaurants. If you must leave your home and need transportation, you can also use GoGoGrandparent to get a ride. To keep your family and loved ones notified, add their contact information to your GoGoGrandparent account. They will get a text message with details about the driver and the car, and when the ride started and ended. 

You can speak to a GoGoGrandparent operator 24/7 at 1‑855‑464‑6872.

Grocery delivery options

Walmart grocery delivery service 

Walmart grocery delivery service lets you shop online and schedule a drop-off to your home. Find a Walmart near you to schedule a grocery delivery. 

Target same day delivery

Target same day delivery service lets you shop online or through their app to purchase groceries and supplies to be delivered to your home. Find a Target that delivers in your area.


Safeway lets you choose a delivery time for drop-off to your home. Find a Safeway that delivers in your area.


You can use TaskRabbit to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including food and pharmacy delivery. A 5% discount for seniors is available. Visit the TaskRabbit website or download the free app for your smartphone from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.

Many other retailers and grocery stores have delivery options. Please check with your preferred store to find out if they deliver.

How you can help

Many programs are redirecting food that would otherwise go to waste to help feed children and families during the COVID-19 crisis. Some accept cash and surplus food donations.

  • The California Association of Food Banks’ (CAFB) Farm to Family Program works with farmers, ranchers, packers, and shippers to get California farm products from the field to 40+ food banks throughout the state. You can donate money or surplus crops through the CAFB website.
  • Hidden Harvest is a produce recovery program in Coachella Valley. Contact them to donate money or volunteer.
  • Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States and is accepting cash donations to their COVID-19 Response Fund

California is working to support people financially affected by COVID-19 and keep them safe.

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Unemployment insurance, paid and unpaid leave, and other worker benefits

There are several benefits available to workers impacted by COVID-19. You may be able to take advantage of: 

  • Unemployment insurance
  • Pandemic unemployment assistance
  • Paid sick and family leave
  • Disability insurance
  • Workers’ compensation

Additional information on these benefits is available in this chart from the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. 

Here’s more information about available benefits like unemployment insurance, paid and unpaid leave, and other worker benefits.

Expanded unemployment benefits due to COVID-19

Several unemployment benefit programs and benefit program extensions are available if you lost your job or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19, including:

  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
  • Federal-State Extended Duration
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Each unemployment benefit program is available during specific dates. Your weekly benefit amount may also be increased automatically during specific weeks. Learn more about expanded unemployment benefits in the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) charts:

Find out how to apply in the EDD’s guide to applying for unemployment benefits.

After your benefits claim is submitted, it will take at least three weeks to be processed. It may take longer if your information does not match wage records or your identity cannot be verified.

Visit EDD’s website for the latest news about COVID-19 and unemployment benefits.

More help

If you’re looking for help with:

  • Paying your rent, eviction protection, or mortgage relief, visit the Housing page
  • Getting or affording food, visit the Food page
  • Finding a childcare provider, visit
  • Finding more financial assistance, visit the Financial help page

Paid leave, unpaid leave, and other benefits

If you’re employed and have COVID-19, stay home. There are options available if you cannot work because you (or a family member you’re taking care of) are sick or quarantined. You may also be able to use paid sick leave to go to your vaccine appointment or if you experience vaccine-related symptoms. 

Paid leave

You can use state paid leave benefits if you are affected by COVID-19, including sick leave you’ve accrued, COVID-19 supplemental sick leave, and family leave. Check the paid leave benefits chart from the California Department of Industrial Relations for details. 

Here’s additional information about these benefits.

Paid sick leave that you’ve accrued as an employee

COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave

  • Available if your employer has 26 or more employees, and you:
    • Are sick, must quarantine, or isolate
    • Are caring for a family member that is sick, must quarantine, or isolate
    • Are caring for a child whose school is closed due to COVID-19 on the premises
    • Need to to go to your vaccine appointment during normal work hours
    • Cannot work or telework due to vaccine-related symptoms
  • Up to 80 hours available through September 30, 2021
  • Check the Department of Industrial Relations’ information about paid sick leave options and the COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave FAQs

Paid family leave

  • Available if you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional)
  • Between 60-70% of wages may be available for up to 8 weeks
  • How to file a paid family leave claim

Expired paid leave programs

Federal and state law provided two paid leave programs related to COVID-19, both of which expired on December 31, 2020. If you took time off from work in 2020 related to the pandemic, you may have been eligible for paid leave under these laws. 

  • Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): The requirement for employers to provide paid leave under the FFCRA began on April 1 , 2020 and expired on December 31, 2020. Check the FFCRA questions and answers to learn more about workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities after this date.
  • California 2020 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave: California law provided COVID-19 supplemental paid leave to certain food sector workers beginning April 16, 2020, and to non-food sector workers beginning September 19, 2020. These benefits expired on December 31, 2020. Check the Labor Commissioner’s Office’s FAQs on 2020 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to learn more.

Job-protected unpaid family and medical leave

  • Available if you need time off to care for yourself or a family member with a serious health condition
  • Up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave
  • You’re entitled to your same or a comparable position when returning to work

On January 1, 2021, new laws expanded the family and medical leave available through the California Family Rights Act. Learn about the changes for 2021 in this fact sheet.

Disability insurance

  • Available if you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a disability insurance claim
  • Up to 52 weeks of benefits

Workers’ compensation

  • If you believe you contracted COVID-19 at your workplace, notify your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim to possibly receive partial wages and medical expenses while you recover. 
  • Two groups of workers may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits based on a presumption of eligibility:
    • First responders and healthcare workers who get sick or injured due to COVID-19 on or after July 6, 2020
    • Employees of companies with five or more employees who test positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak at their workplace

For more information, review the Workers page of

Exposure to COVID-19 at work

Your employer must exclude you from work if you test positive for COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Your employer must exclude you from work if you have been exposed to COVID-19 at work, unless you are fully vaccinated and are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

If you were potentially exposed to COVID-19 at work, your employer must:

  • Tell you within one business day of your potential exposure.
  • Provide information to you about available benefits like paid leave and workers’ compensation.
  • Investigate workplace conditions that could have contributed to the risk of COVID-19 exposure and what could be done to reduce exposure to COVID-19 hazards.
  • Offer you COVID-19 testing during your normal working hours at no cost to you. This is true even if you’re fully vaccinated.

Get tested if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period)
  • Were asked or referred to get tested by your employer, healthcare provider, or local health jurisdiction
  • Are required to as part of the school testing cadence

You do not have to quarantine or get tested (unless your employer or local health department requires it), even after close contact, if you:

  • Are fully vaccinated with no COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months, have recovered, and have not developed new symptoms 

What to do if you have or may have COVID-19

If you have symptoms, stay home and isolate

If you don’t have symptoms, but you tested positive, isolate at home

If you don’t have symptoms, but you had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms, quarantine at home unless you are fully vaccinated

Returning to work after getting sick or exposed to COVID-19

If you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you do not need to quarantine before returning to work after close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you have symptoms, you can return to work when all of these are true:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started 
  • Your fever has been gone for 24 hours without the aid of medication 
  • Your symptoms have improved

If you don’t have symptoms, but tested positive, you can return to work when at least 10 days have passed since you first tested positive.

If you are not vaccinated and don’t have symptoms, but had close contact with someone who tested positive or has COVID-19 symptoms, you can return to work when at least 10 days have passed since your last exposure to COVID-19.

If you return to work after only 10 days, you must:

  • Monitor yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14. If symptoms occur, stay home, isolate, and get tested.
  • Wear a mask around others, wash your hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet away from others through Day 14.  

A negative test is not required to return to work.

Worker rights and protections

Your employer must protect you from COVID-19

Employers are required to:

  • Follow California’s COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards to protect their workers. Worker training must include the specific topics required by these standards. These standards are enforced by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Provide you with face coverings or reimburse you for the reasonable cost of obtaining them.

Visit the Workers page of to learn more. 

Reporting your COVID-19 safety and health concerns at work

You have the right to speak up about unsafe work practices. Report unsafe work conditions related to COVID-19 by filing a workplace safety complaint.

Unpaid wages, leave benefits, and retaliation

If your employer refuses to provide paid sick leave or COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave, or prevents you from using paid sick hours, you can file a claim for unpaid wages or call the California Labor Commissioner’s Office at 833‑526‑4636.

If you know of an employer who is violating the 2020 or 2021 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) Laws, submit a report of labor law violations or call the Labor Commissioner’s SPSL confidential tip hotline at 855‑526‑7775.

If you experience retaliation for using paid sick leave, missing work due to quarantine, and other protected rights under labor laws, find out how to file a retaliation complaint.

Employer vaccination requirements

Your employer can require employees to receive FDA-approved vaccines against COVID-19 infection so long as they:

  • Do not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of protected characteristics
  • Provide reasonable accommodations related to disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices
  • Do not retaliate against anyone for engaging in protected activities

Learn more in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s FAQs about keeping workplaces safe during the COVID-19 pandemic while also upholding civil rights.

Temporary housing for essential workers

Hotel rooms for healthcare workers

The Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Healthcare Workers Program keeps healthcare workers safe and reduces the spread of COVID-19. It provides hotel rooms to healthcare workers who give critical care to COVID-19 patients so they do not bring the virus home to their household. Check the hotel rooms for California healthcare workers program information.

Hotel rooms for agricultural workers

The Housing for the Harvest program offers temporary housing to farm and food processing workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps exposed agricultural workers protect their loved ones by giving them a space to self-isolate. Visit Housing for agricultural workers to find out more information.

Questions and answers

Do I need a note or certificate from a medical provider to file for unemployment?

No, a medical certificate is not required.

How long will it take to process a claim for unemployment or insurance benefits and to receive a payment?

After your claim is submitted, it will take at least three weeks to be processed. It may take longer if your information doesn’t match wage records or your identity can’t be verified. 

The Governor has waived the one-week waiting period. This means you can collect benefits for the first week that you were out of work or had reduced hours.

What can I do if I miss work because of school closures? 

You can file for Unemployment Insurance (UI)

If your employer has 26 or more employees and you are caring for a child whose school is closed due to COVID-19 on the premises, you may be able to use California COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. Check the Department of Industrial Relations information about paid sick leave options and the COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave FAQs.

Other options may be available. Learn more in this chart of benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19 from the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

Can I get rent payment assistance?

Renters can apply for California’s COVID-19 rent relief program at Housing Is Key or by calling 1‑833‑430‑2122.

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