In partnership with California Department of Food and Ag, California Farmworker Foundation, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, the California Fresh Fruit Association, Merced, Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare Counties, County Ag Commissioners and Farm Bureaus, Centro Binacional Para El Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno (CBDIO), Proteus, Central Valley Opportunity Center, and many more who have come together to make this possible.
Each of the 5 counties has customized the program to meet their local needs, however each includes the following services:
Spanish-language TV, radio, and social media to make sure everyone has the resources they need to stay safe. The focus is on COVID-19 safety and resources available to farm/food workers who may have been infected, including the housing program described below. In addition to paid media, we are coordinating with partners who have pathways for distribution via local utility bills, paychecks, and check cashing outlets.
(2) Call Center
The Central Valley Community Foundation has made a grant to the California Farmworkers Foundation (CFF) to support their operation of a call center for the program. CFF will receive all calls from 5 counties, from both workers and industry.
For employers, the hotline (559) 710-2000 is a way to request testing for your location.
For workers, the hotline is a way to obtain available resources (quarantine housing, PPE, nearby testing, case management).
Industry partners will be able to request testing events at their sites. We’re working with Federally Qualified Health Centers and provider partners to offer rapid tests and expedited results for PCR tests when available.
(4) Temporary Housing to Quarantine
As a central component of the Healthy Harvest Program, the State of California and CDFA has launched the Housing for the Harvest Program which provides hotel/motel stays for 14 days of isolation to farm and food production workers who have tested positive, or are suspected of coming in contact with the virus. The State books hotel rooms directly based on referral from the local partner. To learn more or access these resources call: 559-710-2000
For more information on quarantine housing visit: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/Housing_for_the_Harvest-Program_Overview.pdf
For eligible workers, the lead agency in each county will provide a ride from the worker’s home to pack and get personal items to support safely quarantining away from family. Transportation will also be arranged home at the end of the 14 days.
(6) Food and Case Management
While staying at the hotel, the guest will receive three meals per day delivered by the partner in each county. Case management and other resources will be available for family isolating at home while their loved one uses the Housing for the Harvest Program. For example, support in ensuring that any required wages are paid or other issues specific to the worker’s situation.
Regardless of your immigration status, you have important rights to help you get through this difficult time while protecting yourself, your family, and your income.