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Better Together: 'Hunger At Home' Chefs, Hotel Execs Give Food To Unemployed Hospitality, Food WorkersWhen the hotel and restaurant world collapsed, they were left holding millions of pounds of food. Hunger at Home collected that food and is making it available to the workers, and anyone else who lost their jobs.
San Francisco Restaurant Che Fico Donates Family Meals During Coronavirus Shelter-In-PlaceA chef and an investor came up with a partnership that's a recipe for giving: they're feeding hundreds of needy families a day during the coronavirus pandemic.
San Mateo County Teens Bring Groceries To Vulnerable NeighborsA group of San Mateo teens have come to the aid of their homebound, COVID-19 vulnerable neighbors with a new service that makes sure they are getting the groceries they need.
Mountain View High School Music Teacher Wrestles Tech to Keep Choir in Sync and OnlineMeet the Madrigals, one of five Mountain View High School choirs that continue to practice after the shelter-in-place closed their campus in March.
Marshawn Lynch, E-40 Donate Cases Of Hand Sanitizer To Jail, Prison FacilitiesTwo Bay Area celebrities have made an impact to help limit the spread of coronavirus at jail and prison facilities in California.
Santa Rosa Auto Shop Shifts Gears To Make Custom Face Masks For Frontline WorkersThe co-owner of a Santa Rosa auto restoration shop has been shifting gears to help protect frontline workers during the coronavirus shelter-in-place.
Fremont Educators Celebrate 'Day Of The Teacher' Feeding Essential WorkersWednesday may have been designated as "Day of the Teacher" in California, but members of the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association decided to mark it by honoring local frontline workers with a free lunch.
Anonymous Donors Wipe Out College Debt For 400 Bay Area Students Who Rose AboveA group of anonymous donors, moved by stories of students overcoming the direst of circumstances to succeed in their college and work careers, has given hundreds of them an eye-popping gift which could move them to even higher levels.
Coronavirus Update: California Air National Guard Flyover Salutes Frontline Workers Across Bay Area, StatePeople battling on the front lines against the coronavirus pandemic across California will be saluted with a military flyover Wednesday by the California Air National Guard.

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San Francisco Restaurant Che Fico Donates Family Meals During Coronavirus Shelter-In-PlaceA chef and an investor came up with a partnership that’s a recipe for giving: they’re feeding hundreds of needy families a day during the coronavirus pandemic. Sharon Chin reports. (5/20/20)
Better Together: 'Hunger At Home' Give Good Meals To Newly-Unemployed Restaurant, Hotel WorkersHotel execs, chefs and restaurateurs have created 'Hunger at Home' to provide delicious to the many restaurant and hospitality workers, now unemployed due to the pandemic. When Don Ford went to see them in action, the cars were lined up around the block.
Better Together: San Jose high school students help their neighborsSan Jose high school students help their neighbors
Mountain View High School Music Teacher Wrestles Tech to Keep Choir in SyncTake a listen to the Madrigals, one of five Mountain View High School choirs that continue to practice after the shelter-in-place closed their campus in March. Sharon Chin reports. (5-17-20)
Fremont Educators Celebrate 'Day Of The Teacher' Feeding Essential WorkersKiet Do reports on Fremont teachers spending the "Day of the Teacher" providing meals for frontline workers (5-13-2020)
Moms in Senior Care Visit Families From Balcony at East Bay FacilityStaff at a Walnut Creek senior-care residence set up some areas outside where families could greet their mothers and grandmothers waving from first-floor balconies. John Ramos reports. (5-10-20)
Concord Repair Shop Owner Fixes Donated Vehicles to Help COVID-19 VictimsA small business owner in Concord is turning his ability to repair cars into a way to feed people struggling during the shutdown. John Ramos reports. (5-9-20)
Better Together: Valley Verde Hosts Vegetable Seedling GiveawayValley Verde is hosting a vegetable seedling giveaway for low-income families. To qualify families must be either low-income or struggling from COVID-19. Info at: ValleyVerde.org
South Bay Teen Creates Website to Send Letters of Thanks to Nurses NationwideA South Bay teen has created a website to honor the nurses working tirelessly to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Don Ford reports. (5-7-20)

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Coronavirus Diet: 9 Foods That Promote Relaxation To Help You Stay CalmFeeling on edge lately? With everything going on, take a moment for yourself by preparing one (or more) of these relaxation inducing meals.
Coronavirus Outbreak Caused Explosion Of On-Demand Exercise Classes -- And It May Stay That Way For GoodAs the coronavirus pandemic limits social contact with others, hundreds of gyms and studios have partnered with a Pikesville, Maryland-based company to get their workouts online.
Facebook Feature Lets Neighbors Volunteer To Help Each Other During Coronavirus PandemicFacebook is rolling out a new tool that lets its users offer or request help from their neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus California Update: 'We Need Your Help' - Newsom Seeks Surge In Health Care WorkersGovernor Gavin Newsom on Monday called for an increase in the number of care workers to treat the surge of coronavirus patients in the state.
KPIX 5 Better Together --- Where You Can Donate And Help Those Struggling During The Coronavirus CrisisHere are links to agencies, charities, church and community groups who are assisting San Francisco Bay Area residents who have run into difficult times during the current coronavirus crisis.
Coronavirus Shelter-In-Place: Neighborhood Dining Options In San FranciscoWe are now in Week Two of San Francisco's "Shelter in Place" order. Hundreds of bars have closed, and several restaurants have had to shutter but others have adapted and are offering food. Here's a partial list of San Francisco restaurants with take out food services.

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KPIX Anchors, Reporters Take Hair Matters Into Own Hands Amid Coronavirus Shelter-In-PlaceIt's been five weeks since Newsom's announcement. While life may seem to be at a standstill for millions of people, it's not necessarily the case for their hair. The stay at home order called for the shutdown of non-essential businesses, which included hair salons and barbershops. This has left many to fend for themselves, when it comes to their monthly color touch-ups or haircuts. The on-air talent here at KPIX is no exception. Many of our anchors and reporters have had to turn to YouTube videos, tutorials or just plain luck for their hair maintenance. 
Coronavirus Update: Current Best Practices For Safe Shopping During Essential Grocery TripsAs Californians begin their 4th week of the coronavirus pandemic sheltering-in-place, many are adapting to ever-evolving guidance for safe grocery shopping, which now includes wearing a mask and disinfecting the groceries themselves.
South Bay Nurses Sing To Honor Essential Workers Amid Coronavirus PandemicSanta Clara Valley Medical Center staffers Chelsea Seradilla Benigno and Nanami Takeuchi wanted to salute their fellow health care workers so they performed Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer" before their shift .
Talking To Your Child About Coronavirus and Shelter-In-PlaceKPIX morning anchor Michelle Griego sat down with her middle school-aged daughter to see how she's feeling about this uncertain time.
Disinfectant and Social Distancing: How KPIX Crews Stay Safe Amid Coronavirus
KPIX Workout Challenge: Staying Fit While Staying InsideDuring these uncertain times, one thing is for certain; nothing beats the endorphin-rush of getting a good sweat. At-home workouts have become a go-to while social distancing. Fitness studios, professional athletes, and celebrities have taken to their living rooms to get their daily dose of exercise. KPIX sports anchor, Dennis O'Donnell, jumped on the home-exercise bandwagon. He delivered his sports report while on his treadmill during Monday's 6PM newscast. 

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Army Of Contact-Tracing Workers Being Recruited To Help Combat Coronavirus PandemicExperts say contact tracing is going to play a critical role in fighting the coronavirus. It’s been practiced for decades, used to fight SARS, Ebola and AIDS, but never on as big a scale.  
Surge In Meal Kit Demand Boosts Hiring At Blue Apron East Bay Fulfillment CenterTo meet a surge in demand from consumers stuck at home, Blue Apron has hired more than 300 people at its fulfillment centers which include a facility on Regatta Blvd. in Richmond.
Coronavirus Update: These Companies Are Currently Hiring New EmployeesMore than 4.5 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March. If you are among them here's a list of companies were are currently hiring.
Coronavirus Update: California 'Gig' Workers Now Allowed To File For Unemployment BenefitsAfter of waiting weeks for some form of state assistance, thousands of unemployed gig workers in California could finally begin filing for unemployment benefits on Tuesday.
Instacart Hires 300,000 Workers In A Month, Plans To Hire 250,000 MoreInstacart hired 300,000 workers in recent weeks to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries spurred by the pandemic.
Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Boosts Financial Assistance For Self-Employed, Undocumented WorkersGov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday outlined the financial relief being provided to the state's most vulnerable residents losing work amid the coronavirus emergency, including undocumented residents, those who are self-employed and contract workers.
Securitas Hiring Security Guards Across Bay Area, California To Protect Businesses Closed By Shelter-In-PlaceAn international security firm is planning to expand its workforce in California and the Bay Area to help protect businesses closed by the coronavirus shelter-in-place.
Coronavirus Jobs: Federal Dept Of Labor Hiring Bay Area Wage and Hour InvestigatorsThe U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that its Wage and Hour Division will be hiring 45 additional investigators, including five in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Coronavirus Jobs: Rite Aid Announces Plans To Hire 5,000 Associates NationwideRite Aid pharmacy officials announced Monday the company plans to hire 5,000 associates for full and part-time roles across the country to support store and distribution center teams.
Coronavirus Jobs: Ace Hardware Plans To Hire 30,000 NationwideAs an essential business, Ace Hardware has seen a large surge of customers and demand for its services and products so the company announced Friday it was planning to hire 30,000 new employees.

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Mountain View High School Music Teacher Wrestles Tech to Keep Choir in Sync and OnlineMeet the Madrigals, one of five Mountain View High School choirs that continue to practice after the shelter-in-place closed their campus in March.
Students Rising Above Organization Helping Lift Struggling Students During Coronavirus PandemicWhen we first met Students Rising Above Scholar Ysabella Donlan last fall, the then 21-year-old junior was looking forward to the year ahead at University of California, Santa Cruz. Now she's at home, finishing her classes on line, far away from her support system at school. It's a situation she never expected to be in, and one she has found to be difficult.
Audible Offers Free Audiobooks For Kids Stuck At Home During Coronavirus CrisisAs most schools remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon, is offering free streams on selected children’s stories.
SF Dance Company Performs At Home To Raise Money For SFUSD Students, Families In NeedBay Area arts organizations have gone dark since the COVID-19 shelter in place, but their creativity is shining bright. World-renowned dance company Robert Moses Kin has created a powerful online performance from their homes, to help students and families in need during the shelter in place.
Federal Student Loan, Tax Payments Delayed Due To Coronavirus PandemicAs the country grapples with an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that's thrown millions of Americans out of work, the U.S. Department of Education is automatically giving most federal student loan borrowers a break from their monthly bills until at least October.
Parents Battle 'Huge Pressure' Of Enforcing Education, Screen Time Limits For Kids During Coronavirus QuarantineParents were already struggling to limit screen time for kids when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.