Coronavirus has created anxiety and fear throughout the community. Despite this, it is important to continue to support each other and to make sure we come out from this situation stronger than ever before. Sunrise Middle School is committed to keeping our students as safe as possible while at the same time maintaining our high quality of education.
Here are some resources that may aid you and your family in these tough times:
New Food Center
A new community outreach center has opened at 17th and Julian Streets, just seven blocks from Sunrise, to distribute free food to families from 12-5 pm every day except Wednesdays and Sundays.
No lengthy application required. The center is run by Lighthouse Church.
San Jose COVID Food Relief Program. Free weekly groceries and meals delivered. Visit offthegrid.com/SJfoodrelief. To qualify you must have suffered from unemployment or business interruptions due to COVID-19 business closures. You will not qualify if you receive CalFresh payments.
Help for Everything in COVID-19
This City of San Jose website has excellent information about help with the following during the COVID-19 pandemic:
food assistance, immigrant resources, housing, employment, health, and utilities.
At the top of the page, you can select what language you would like to see this in.
Here are some websites with information for undocumented residents:
- To assist undocumented workers who have lost their jobs or income as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, Legal Aid at Work has compiled a list of known release funds for undocumented workers.
- COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians from California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance: https://ciyja.org/covid19/
- Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities duing Covid-19 from Immigrants Rising: https://bit.ly/3b8JLJW
Important phone numbers:
- For food – 1-800-984-3663
- For rent issues – 1-800-551-5554
- No Kid Hungry Texting Line – Families may text “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877 to find free summer meals near them.
- No Kid Hungry Meal Site Locator – Promote the https://www.nokidhungry.org/find-free-meals website.
- USDA Summer Meals Hotline – Call 1-866-348-6479. Families will receive assistance to find the location, meal times, and contact information for summer meals based on their full address, city, and/or zip code
During our school closure, we wanted you to know about places where you can get free food while your children are not being served meals at school.
Please note these food pantries:
- Second Harvest Food Bank, 750 Curtner Ave. 8-5 Monday-Friday, 800-984-3663
- Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP), 2411 Pulgas Ave., 650-323-7781
Also, San Jose High School and Empire Gardens, Anne Darling, Grant, and Olinder elementary schools are distributing packaged breakfasts and lunches to any student under age 18 from 9-11 a.m. This will be a drive-up-and-go station; students may not eat at the school and must return home so that the coronavirus does not spread.
Free curbside food pickup
Where: Conxion To Community, 749 Story Rd. San Jose 95122 (rear of the building – look for the orange door)
When Every Wednesday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm
A map to more locations for free food can be found here.
Eviction Moratorium in San Jose
The San José City Council has enacted a temporary eviction moratorium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium is in effect through April 17, and the City Council may extend it.
Bay Area Legal Aid has lawyers and translators to answer your questions on paying rent. Call this Spanish/English hotline, 800-551-5554. The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley also provides free advice in Spanish and English, at 408-280-2424.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Note to parents who cannot work because of their child’s school closures. You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
Please call the OLSE Advice Line for help in determining eligibility and assistance with applications.
OLSE Advice Line: 1 (866) 870-7725
Chromebooks for students who don’t have access to a computer at home will be available for pick up at school.
If you need one leave a message on the school phone, 408-659-4785, and we will tell you the next time we will be at the office to give you one.
A parent must come with their student when picking up the Chromebook, and parents will be asked to fill out a waiver before the Chromebook is given to the student.
Getting access to the internet is more important than ever right now since our education has been moved online.
Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) and Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA)
Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) and Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA) are accepting registration forms from our 8th graders for high school in the Fall. You can register online from home.
Please go to the following websites.
It is important to protect you and your family from this virus. This website directly from the CDC details the most up-to-date information on how to accomplish this and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Learn how to prevent the spread of the virus