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Food Distribution:


  1. Labor Council Partnership for A Better San Diego: City Heights Location, 4265 Fairmount Ave, San Diego—As before I have attached a form that we are asking our Unions to fill out with the information that we need to move them into our food distribution system. We are a 501(c)3 Charitable Non-Profit with requirements to track all of our food distribution. Please do not just send workers to us without filling out the form and sending that form to memberservices@unionyes.orgOur staff with then contact those on your list and schedule an appointment for their food assistance.
  •  You can contact our member services direct line at the labor council at 619-321-6851
  • ONCE AGAIN WE Need YOUR ASSISTANCE TO fill out forms—to process members quickly


  1. Unions United / Way (858) 636-4116
  • Ruby is fully operational at the UNIONS UNITED Food Panty. Many of you have members that have worked with that program for years. You can contact their operation directly. They also will need the information to schedule an appointment for food assistance.


  1. Imperial Valley distribution site: Thanks to the support of IBEW 569, we are working to assist them in setting up a distribution for the IV. Our goal will be to get that operational over the next 10 days working with the IV Food Bank, and coordinating food shipments from the San Diego Food Bank to the IV. If your union wishes to have members receive assistance in the IV,  contact our office on the member services line or by emailing


  1. Volunteers Needed—this only works if you assist us in food packing and distribution in the coming weeks!! Expect calls in the future.


  1. Being asked to provide distribution for General Public by both of our Food Partners—OUR STRUCTURE TO MOVE A DRIVE THRU DISTRIBUTION (Solidarity @ Work)
  • Saturday 3.21.20—With Feeding SD—500 Families @ Qualcomm Stadium 10am distribution start until food runs out
  • Saturday 3.28.20—With SD Food Bank—1500-2000 Families (Big challenge) @ Qualcomm 9am distribution start until food runs out


Financial Assistance:


  1. San Diego Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund  was formed to provide grants to Non-Profits to assist working families in need during this crisis. It will provide Food Assistance—Utility Assistance—Rental Assistance—Income Gap funding.



  1. United Way SD (applications for Financial & Utility Assistance)  


  • You can contact them directly 858-492-2000 but for quick assistance use the form or link below and assist your members to get processed!!
  • For prompt service re utility bill and the Worker Assistance program fill out online by clicking  or use the attached form



Previous Info Provided to you:


Worker Impacts of Coronavirus: (see attached form to fill out for food assistance—send to Labor Council Member Services


Today the Labor Council had our first delivery of food to our City Heights building and will begin food distribution tomorrow by appointment only. Last week we sent out an email to you with the attached form for you to fill out for your members who have been laid off or had their hours reduced and need food assistance. Our team will then follow up to set appointments. Our staff, along with Anabel from IBEW 465 (thanks Nate for loaning Anabel to our program) began prepping food for distribution today. We will need lots of volunteers in the coming days and weeks to assist in this effort to help working families—making calls to set appointments, stocking shelves, bagging food, and distributing of food. We will work diligently to keep our staff and our volunteers as safe as possible. Our Unions United Partnership with the United Way will also continue their longtime efforts to provide food assistance to our members in need. We will coordinate with Ruby and her team to make sure that our members are taken care of. We also coordinated with UNITE-HERE L30 and got their first Feeding SD food delivered directly to their building to assist their hard hit Hotel & Convention Center workers. In addition, We have been directly coordinating with IATSE & SEIU-USWW to get their members into the system as their Convention Center Workers have been hard hit as well.


We have been working with SDG&E and the United Way over the last three weeks to begin to beef up our Unions United support programs for both food assistance—utility assistance—rent assistance, along with support for our Labor Council’s newly established food distribution operation. That has led to a much bigger coalition that has now come together to raise awareness and financial resources to support working families, our seniors, and our communities. Today the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund was launched (see UT Article) with a $1M contribution from SDG&E and a $300k contribution from the San Diego Foundation. SDG&E, the San Diego Foundation, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the United Way, and the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council are founding partners in an effort to provide food security—rental & utility assistance—and income replacement or gap funding. Our Labor Council food pantry has been funded by an initial $50k contribution from SDG&E in January, and the newly established Community Response fund will provide an additional $100k contribution to the San Diego Food bank for our use to purchase food needed to support working families. We are calling on Corporations—Organizations—Unions—and Individuals to contribute whatever they can to support this massive effort across San Diego County.


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Union Grocery Employers (need additional workers)


UFCW L135 Informs us that they have been working with their grocery stores to prioritize hiring of laid off union workers during this crisis as they need additional workers to meet the demand. If you are interested in additional information please contact your fellow Executive Board member Todd Walters at



If you have any questions—please call me anytime on my cell as our office is fully functional in this crisis. We are exercising caution with social distancing, washing hands regularly and constant cleaning of our offices and work areas. I have attached our protocols that we are using, along with all of the other health guidelines.


In Solidarity,



Keith Maddox

Executive Secretary Treasurer

San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO