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Resources for families affected by government shutdown

We realize that due to the federal government shutdown, some of our families may be experiencing a temporary or permanent change in household income. We want to share some resources that may be of help.


  • NVUSD’s free and reduced price meal program will remain the same and will continue to feed our students.

If your family income has changed, you may be eligible for free or reduced meal benefits. Verification, such a pay stub, may be required. You can apply online at or contact Food Services at (707) 253-3541 for assistance.

  • If your family receives CalFresh benefits, Napa County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) issued your February benefits early, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to ensure that you receive your benefits without interruption. Note these are not additional benefits, but an early issuance of next month’s benefits. CalFresh customers can call HHSA at (707) 253-4511 with questions.
  • CalFresh families can also double their benefits at the Napa Farmers Market through the Market Match program. Just visit the Saturday morning market (outside the Cinemark theater on Imola Avenue) and visit the Information Booth to get tokens that allow you to shop for fruits and vegetable, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, breads, cereals and seeds or plants that produce food.
  • Every second Friday of the month, HHSA hosts a “Free Market,” offering a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables at no cost. Anyone is welcome; no eligibility or income requirements. Next market is Friday, Feb. 8, at the HHSA south campus, 2751 Corporate Drive, Building B in Napa, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a reusable bag.
  • Community Action Napa Valley operates a food pantry network countywide. Find the sites and hours on their website at

Unemployment benefits
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is streamlining the processing of claims for impacted federal workers and providing benefits to eligible employees who are furloughed or continue to work but do not collect a paycheck.
Federal employees who do not have an existing UI claim may apply for benefits using the Unemployment Insurance Application (Federal Employee) form, available for download on the EDD website or by phone toll-free at (855) 327-7056, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. The EDD established this number specifically for impacted federal workers. Employees who have been issued a SF 8 or SF 50 by their federal employer should have that form available when they call. Federal employees who have an existing claim are encouraged to reopen the claim by applying for benefits through UI Online.

Insulin producer Lilly offers a resource to help people who need help paying for their insulin.
Live phone operators are available at (833) 808-1234 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, to ensure people are paying the lowest cost possible for their insulin.
Our students learn best when they are well fed, well rested and healthy. The counselor, social worker or parent liaison at your school may be able to offer additional resources, as well. Thank you!

Posted by: Kelly Cliff, District Admin, Napa Valley Unified School District Published:1/22/19
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