Riverside County
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Riverside County

Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences

NFCS Program at UC Cooperative Extension in Riverside County connects the people of Riverside County with research and resources from the University of California.

NFCS Program is working to address two UC ANR Strategic Vision 2025 Initiatives:

1) Healthy Families and Communities

  • Promoting healthy behaviors for childhood obesity prevention
  • Helping consumers make informed decision regarding food choices, nutrition and health
  • Improving consumers' food management skills 

2) Ensure Safe and Secure Food Supplies

  • Educating community organizations and consumers on safe food handling practices


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Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is spreading in the United States. The disease causes respiratory illness such as cough, fever, and in more severe cases, trouble breathing. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you can. If you must go out, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.

More information and advice on COVID-19 prevention can be found below:

CDC:      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
CA:        https://covid19.ca.gov/
CDPH:    https://www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19

Specific information for pregnant and breastfeeding women can be found below:

WHO:    https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding

Specific information for those caring for children can be found below:

CDC:      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children.html

Riverside County COVID-19 UPDATE


Community Resources

*211 Community Connect

*Dial 2-1-1 for FREE, 24-hour resource hub linking you to thousands of local health and human services. Staffed 24 hours per day


Unemployment Resources

*Riverside County Unemployment Office

*1325 Spruce Street. Riverside, CA 92507

*Phone: 951-955-3100

*Job Loss Support Service

*Unemployment Insurance


Emergency food assistance resources for Riverside County

Grocery stores and many farmers markets will remain open and stocked throughout the statewide stay-at-home order. There is no need to stockpile grocery items or household goods. Buy only what you need. Many grocery stores and farmers markets have adjusted their hours, and some have designated priority shopping hours for seniors. Potable tap water is safe to drink and is not a carrier of COVID-19.

CalFresh (SNAP) application

*Riverside County DPSS Self-Sufficiency

*Office Locations


Food banks & other sites

*Inland Empire Food Bank

*2950 Jefferson Street, Riverside, CA 92504

*Phone: 951-359-4757


*Find a Pantry

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)

*Helps families, pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children get healthy foods, nutrition education and community resources at no cost

*Phone: 800-455-4942



Meals on Wheels & Senior Meals

*Riverside County Office on Aging

*Phone: 800-510-2020

*Meals on Wheels - Find A Meal

*Meals Pick-up & Go Sites

*Find a Pantry

School meal sites

*Free Grab & Go Meals for Students

*RCOE Grab & Go Meal Schedule

*Meals for Kids interactive web map (USDA)

*California Meals for Kids mobile app (CDE)


Food safety and storage

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Read more on food safety and food storage below: *https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/






EFNEP 50th Anniversary


UC Delivers

EFNEP Brought Enrichment Activities to Summer Meals Program
The first Out-of-School Time Nutrition Summit for Southern California hosted by California Summer Meal Coalition of the Institute for Local Government was held in Upland, CA in January 2017. This meeting highlighted the needs to support and increase summer meals participation in the Inland Empire. The Summer Meals Program is funded by USDA to ensure that youth from families that are food insecure continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out. The number of students eligible for Free/Reduced Price Meal in Riverside County is 270,907 (63% of student enrollment). During summer, Riverside County has over 200 summer meal sites providing healthy lunches, however, the summer lunch daily participation average is only 17,113 or about 6% of eligible students.

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