When I called 2-1-1 because someone told me they could help with nutrition, I never expected to get fresh food. They sent me to a food pantry where I got 3 onions, 4 potatoes, 4 bananas, orange, brown rice, black beans, 3 artichokes, raspberries, packaged lettuce for salad, carrots, purple cabbage, and chicken breast. I called 2-1-1 again right away and asked if I could go back to the pantry again and they told me I could go every week if I needed food. I would never have found about this if it weren’t for the people at 2-1-1!
2-1-1 In the News
People Helping People Awards Luncheon Videos
Posted September 13, 2011
Watch three videos from the 2011 People Helping People Awards, held April 12, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel Sacramento.
The videos cover three topics:
September 11 Day of Service
2011 Award Nominees
Kids hit hard in recent economic downturn
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
By Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
The number of children in San Bernardino County who live in poverty is on the rise, according to 2011 Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
In 2009, 24 percent of children lived in families with incomes below the federal poverty line -- up from 16 percent in 2007.
"This problem, for most part, is invisible," said Gary Madden, a director of 211 San Bernardino County, a 24/7 call center with a database of thousands of resources in the county offered free or at low cost. "Most of these people are not the under-the-bridge-homeless. These kids are still going to school, parents struggling. They are the invisible ones who need help."
Parents can call 211 for whooping cough vaccine info
KGO-TV7 (ABC, San Francisco)
August 3, 2011
Parents can now dial just three digits on their phone to find out how to get their children vaccinated against whooping cough in time for the start of school.
Anyone who calls 211 can find out where to get the vaccine, how much it costs and who's required to get vaccinated in order to attend school.
Dial 211 for information on whooping cough shots
Vallejo Times Herald
August 3, 2011
A new California law for the upcoming school year requires all students entering grades 7 through 12 to have proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot called Tdap.
Information on whooping cough (also known as pertussis) and Tdap is available in more than 150 languages by dialing 211.
Supporters celebrate one-year anniversary of county's 211 system
Santa Cruz Sentinel
July 22, 2011
By Kimberly White
Too many people suffer far longer than necessary before they're willing to reach out for help. But even now, 211 operators are on standby to alleviate that anxiety and provide the assistance they need.
"It's not easy to call and ask for help," Martina O'Sullivan, United Way's board president and director of community engagement at Dominican Hospital, acknowledged Thursday evening at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County in Aptos.
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