Palo alto community

Resources and Supports

palo alto community fund - covid-19 fund

The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) has launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to raise and deploy immediate financial resources to help the most vulnerable in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

This is an especially effective way for you to give broadly to those most in need in our community.

An initial allocation of $100,000 has been granted this week and has been applied to:

  • Direct financial relief for struggling families in our local community.

  • Local nonprofit organizations providing food, healthcare, housing and support services to vulnerable people.

Where does the money from the PACF COVID-19 Fund go?

The first $100,000 allocation of funds from the PACF COVID-19 Relief Fund was granted on March 25 to the following nonprofit organizations addressing critical needs:

Direct Financial Support to families:

  • LifeMoves, ( the largest provider of homeless shelter and services in Silicon Valley, in partnership with a group of Palo Alto community leaders, will provide gift cards to families in the Palo Alto Unified School District to support basic life needs.

  • Ravenswood Education Foundation ( which supports students and their families in the Ravenswood School District.

Food Insecurity:

Medical Support:


Vulnerable Communities


Life Moves - Palo alto

COVID-19 UPDATE: In partnership with the Community Relief Fund, Life Moves has increased it's access and support to families in need. To ensure the long-term success of our clients, LifeMoves has a variety of programs to assist heads of households in their search for employment and self-sustained housing. A dedicated team of housing specialists, employment specialists, and benefit specialists on-staff support our clients in their diligent efforts to return to self-sufficiency.

LifeMoves employment programs include:

  • Career skills development

  • Resume workshops

  • Job search support

LifeMoves housing services include:

  • Rapid Re-Housing programs

  • Assistance locating affordable housing

  • Housing benefits and rental applications

For more information on the Life Moves Services, click here

residential evictions ban - palo alto

Palo Alto landlords will not be allowed to evict residential tenants whose ability to pay rent is being hindered by the coronavirus pandemic under a law that the City Council unanimously approved.

For the full PaloAltoOnline Article, click here

Hot meals for families - pausd

PAUSD will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools.

In addition, our neighbors at Ravenswood City School District will be doing the same.

Beginning Monday, March 16, PAUSD will provide free lunch to all children 18 and younger at the following pick-up sites from 11am-1pm:

  • Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School - 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

  • Gunn High School - 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto

  • Greene Middle School - 750 N California Avenue, Palo Alto

UPDATE: Families can pick up boxed supplies for lunch for use during the Spring Break, as PAUSD will NOT offer hot meals pickup from April 6-10.

Hot Meals Pickup will resume on April 13th and continue until the end of the academic year.

This program will be solely for the pickup of meals. Meals are not to be consumed on the school sites. Lunches will be distributed drive-thru style, meaning food services staff members will hand the meals to you in your vehicle. Children do not need to be present for pickup of meals, please let staff on site know how many children in your family are in need.

If you have problems with pickup, please contact Alva Spence ( or reach out to your site Student and Family Engagement Specialist.

South Palo alto food closet

Note: South Palo Alto Food Shelter will resume operations April 7th

This Food Shelter provides food and groceries to families in need. They use income qualifications to provide food.

You may qualify to receive groceries from them. You will need to go to one of the agencies listed below to get a referral. Referrals are good for one year and can be renewed.

The Opportunity Center

33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301


Open M-F from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


The Society of St. Vincent del Paul

located at

St. Thomas Aquinas Pastoral Center

3290 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA

Open Monday from 11 to 1 and

Wednesday from 3 to 5

at other times, please leave a message at


List of items to bring with you:

You will need to bring three items with you when you go to get your referral for the Food Closet.

-Proof of Palo Alto residency (something with your address on it)

-Self certify your total household income (income of all people living in the household) see USDA guidelines for income requirements

-Birth certificates for children under 18 years of age

Jewish family and children's services

Note: Family does not need to be Jewish to receive services.

JFCS food banks offer nutritious, high-protein food to seniors on fixed incomes, adults with disabilities, young families with low incomes, and others individuals and families facing temporary crises.

As the economy has put more of our community at risk of hunger, we have heightened our efforts to reach those in need. We have been aided by our friends, who have helped to keep our banks’ shelves well stocked with nourishing goods, including

  • peanut butter

  • tuna fish

  • canned vegetables and fruits

  • whole grains and cereals

  • pasta

  • soup

  • crackers

  • fresh produce, especially apples and oranges

  • cheese and yogurt

  • meat (fresh, frozen, and lunch meat)

  • eggs

  • paper goods

  • lotion

  • soap


Koret Family Resource Center

200 Channing Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94301, United States

650-688-3030 Main Number

650-688-3022 YouthFirst

650-688-3040 Parents Place

650-688-3000 Seniors At Home

Please call for information about services, which include food support and much more.

downtown streets team - food closet

Downtown Food Closet

The Downtown Food Closet provides essential food to homeless and low-income individuals of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto. The hours for the food closet are Mon-Fri, 10am-2:30pm, and Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

On average, 65 individuals access the Food Closet per day. Over 880 pounds of food are distributed to Food Closet clients each week.

Location is at:

All Saints Episcopal Church

555 Waverley St

Palo Alto, CA 94301

all saints episcopal church - food closet

Aside from the location on Waverly that is also known as the Downtown Streets Team Food Closet, the second ASEC has a Food Closet.

425 Hamilton Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Phone: 650-325-3663

S: Closed

M: 9:00am - 2:30pm PDT

T: 9:00am - 2:30pm PDT

W: 9:00am - 2:30pm PDT

T: 9:00am - 2:30pm PDT

F: 9:00am - 2:30pm PDT

S: Closed

Educational Supports (including log-in for programs)

logging-in to the pausd portal

Logging in to the PAUSD Rapid Portal can be challenging for new families. Below you will find basic instructions on both how to sign in to as well as how to sign-in to Chromebooks and other PAUSD Tech. If you do not know your students PAUSD Student ID, please reach out to your classroom teacher.

The login for student is their student ID and there is a formula for their password.

Formula is their first initial, last initial, ! , mmddyy of birth.

Student : John doe

ID : 9504449

DOB : 10/10/2010

Username would be


Password would be


Trouble shooting ZOOM Login

Zoom guidelines

Many of us have become Zoomologists (professional Zoomers) at this point, but for anybody who is a little stuck, here are some great supports for utilizing Zoom. Check out the Slides to the left, and expand for a larger view. Thanks to the Academic Supports office for this bilingual presentation.


Teachers have accounts at the elementary level for Raz-Kids, where students can access online books to read at home.

They can access this through the Portal, by clicking on Raz-Kids. Once there, they can find the big green button for Student Login. They need their teacher name, and it can log them in if they have accounts.

If there are questions, reach out to your teacher!