Mayor Libby Schaaf to hold virtual town hall every Thursday; Community Foods Market Delivers Groceries to Seniors on EBT

A closeup image of a row of flour inside a grocery store.
An image from Community Foods Market.

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Mayor Libby Schaaf to Hold Virtual Town Hall Every Thursday, Starting Today

Mayor Schaaf is holding a Town Hall at 6pm via her social media channels (FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube). Questions can be submitted here. This week’s topic is focusing on racial health disparities, with guest Dr. Tony Iton, who is Senior Vice President of the California Endowment.

Community Foods Market in West Oakland Adds Free Delivery for Neighborhood Seniors Who Use EBT

Community Foods Market added curbside pickup on April 10, 2020, including people who are EBT recipients. More recently, they partnered with Fresh Life Foundation to bring free delivery for seniors (available in these neighborhoods in West Oakland: Clawson, McClymonds, and Hoover-Foster). Everyone who receives EBT/CalFresh benefits receives 50 percent off groceries through April 30, 2020. The market launched a GoFundMe campaign to support these endeavors during shelter-in-place.

Independent Contractors Will Be Able to File for Unemployment In Upcoming Weeks

According to an article in the SF Chronicle, the state’s Employment Development Department will be equipped to accept unemployment applications for independent contractors as soon as April 28, 2020. The funding comes from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and once the new technology is available, applicants will be paid within 24-48 hours, according to the state’s Labor Secretary Julie Su.

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Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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