Food & Supplies

Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed and encouraged to operate. When possible, you should have prescription medicines and healthcare supplies delivered to your home. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:57

Schools, soup kitchens, food banks, and other entities that provide free or reduced priced food or meals to the public are encouraged to continue providing these services. You must pick up and take away the food or have it brought to you. Do not eat on the premises. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:37

Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments are encouraged to remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery and carryout. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:30

To identify food resources in your area, visit:  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:25

Please call Public Assistance Call Center (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks): 1-877-410-8817.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:19

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.


It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.


In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.


Source:  CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:48

Have “no contact” delivery for food where the delivery person leaves the food outside.  Immediately remove food from carry bags and dispose of bags properly.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:47
  • Costco (Novato): Tuesday’s and Thursday’s - 8am to 9am
  • Nugget Markets (Novato, Corte Madera and Tiburon): 7am daily
  • Safeway: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s - 7am to 9am
  • Target: Wednesday’s - 8am
  • Whole Foods: 8am - 9am daily


This is not meant to be a complete list of stores and this information is subject to change.  Please contact your local Marin retailer to verify if special shopping hours are available.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:23

The risk of infection from delivered foods and items is low but there are things you can do to lessen the risk:

  • Have no contact deliveries where items are left outside your home rather than handed to you directly.
  • Use gloves to unpack. Dispose of packaging immediately in the trash or recycle bin before taking off gloves.

For non-perishable items, leave them in the garage or other out of the way area until you need them.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:23

Most grocery stores are cleaning carts and other items/areas in the store but you should also take precautions.  It is fine to wipe down shopping carts but be sure to read and follow the instructions of the product you are using – some require up to 4 minutes on a surface to kill viruses.  The most important thing that you can do is do not touch your face and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you return from shopping.

Additional helpful hints for safe grocery shopping include:

  • Think through if you really need to…are the items on your list nice to have or need to have?
  • If you do need to go, go when there will likely be the least number of people in the store. 
  • If you are a senior citizen or have health issues, check with your store – they may have special hours for you when the fewest number of people will be there
  • Make a list and plan your route so you are not walking back and forth, and you limit the time you are there


Source: CDC, Sunset Magazine

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:12

No.  Hospital cafeterias fall within the exemption for healthcare facilities and may remain open.  Hospital cafeterias must be structured to ensure six-foot minimum distancing between non-related individuals picking up food from or eating in the facility.  Hospital cafeterias should increase cleaning and sanitization to minimize risk of exposure and follow other Social Distancing Requirements specified in the Order to the maximum extent feasible.  Cafeterias in all other facilities must follow the requirements in the Order – specifically, food can be carried out or delivered, but cannot be eaten in the cafeteria.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 12:45

Many retail stores are now open for curbside pick-up and/or delivery.  We encourage residents to support local small businesses.  Also, many items can be ordered online and delivered to your home, and many other non-essential items may be available from retailers who primarily sell essential items.   

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:16

Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support.  They are allowed to pick up the items you need.  You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your home. If you think you might be eligible for meals on wheels, call 408-350-3246 to start the eligibility intake process. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:05

COVID-19 has no impact on the safety of your drinking water. Marin's water supply is locally sourced, with the majority of it coming from protected watersheds. Your water is purified and routinely monitoried to ensure there are no viruses or pathogens. using modern treatment techniques to remove pathogens, including bacteria and viruses.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:47

If you leave your home to perform a essential activity (e.g., go to grocery store or visit doctor), you can reduce your risk of being infected with COVID-19 by adopting the following practices: - Practice social distancing at all times - Wash hands with soap and water when possible. - Avoid touching frequently touched community spaces. - Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. - Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:42

Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments may remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery and carryout. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers.

Last Updated 04/09/2020 - 10:53

Restaurants and food facilities should focus on food delivery and takeout while maximizing social distancing for those who are inside their restaurant. Marin County Environmental Health Services offers guidance for food facilities. If your facility is offering take-out or delivery options, you should follow EHS's Food Safety for Food Delivery and Pick-up guidance. Consult Environmental Health Service's website for additional updates as the Shelter In Place order continues.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:37

Schools, soup kitchens, food banks and other entities that provide free or reduced priced food goods or meals to students or other members of the public are encouraged to continue providing these services. However, food provided by these establishments to the public may not be eaten on the premises but must be delivered or taken away for consumption. To find food resources near you, look at the SF-Marin Food Bank’s Food Locator:

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:41

Yes, but only to pick up food.  You cannot dine, eat, or drink in or around the facility.  These facilities can also deliver. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:14

Yes. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other food retail establishments selling foods items and non-alcoholic drinks are encouraged to stay open to provide food items and pet supplies to the public. Section 6 of the Order requires all businesses allowed to operate under the Order to follow any industry-specific requirements issued by the Health Officer related to COVID-19.  The Health Officer’s requirements for essential retail and grocery stores, essential workers, and food facilities can be found here.  When visiting these places, you must help the retailer maintain Social Distancing Requirements, including while you are shopping and standing in line. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:19

No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally follow. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:04

The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase other necessary items. It also directs businesses selling those items to remain open, and allows employees of those businesses to keep working and to ensure those businesses are operating.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:43