Better Food For Better Living

Do you or someone you know need help putting food on the table? Qualifying for food assistance might be easier than you think. A family of four earning $40,000 or less can qualify for CalFresh, and if you just need food to tide your family over until your next paycheck, Second Harvest Food Bank may be able to help.

Discount Prescriptions

Taking care of your family's health is a priority, so the next time you find yourself in need of prescription medication save up to 65% just by using a free Discount Prescription Card that can be used at more than 59,000 pharmacies nationwide, including all chain and most independent pharmacies. The card was made available to San Mateo County residents by the Board of Supervisors in 2009. Residents can obtain this convenient card without qualifying, paying a fee, or meeting any deadlines.  It's ready to use.

Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

The Network of Care is a county funded and supported website that allows the user to find services for seniors or those with disabilities in San Mateo County, research medical conditions and medications, follow the progress of state and federal legislation, and maintain your own or a loved one’s health records in a secure part of the website.  The site can be translated into fifty languages.   Additionally, the Network of Care can be accessed by the visually impaired by use of computer screen readers, such as JAWS.

Pharmaceutical and Sharp Disposal

Pharmaceutical  Pharmaceuticals flushed into the sanitary sewer system eventually end up in streams, creeks, rivers and reservoirs. To prevent unwanted toxins reaching our precious Bay water, pharmaceutical drop-off locations with dedicated containers provide a safer and more sensible option. Nearly every law enforcement agency in San Mateo County participates in this convenient disposal program. 

Supervisor Groom Addresses "The Big Lift" on Peninsula Newsmakers

Did you know that more than four out of ten school children here in San Mateo County cannot read at grade level by the third grade?

San Mateo County officials recommend universal preschool

A Stanford study indicates spending money on early education reduces future public spending on social services.

‘The Big Lift’ unveiled Friday at meeting of county leaders

June 01, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report The Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council convened more than 100 county leaders in San Mateo Friday for a sneak preview of the group’s plan to improve reading proficiency rates of local third graders and to better prepare them to succeed in a global knowledge economy. The event was hosted by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Lenny Mendonca, director, McKinsey & Company.

County honored for plastic bag ban

5/6/2013--County honored for plastic bag ban  San Mateo Daily Journal    Save the Bay is honoring San Mateo County with its Clean Bay Award for taking charge in  drafting and implementing a plastic bag ban ordinance emulated by nearly all of its cities.    The award, which will be presented Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors by Save the Bay  Executive Director David Lewis, highlights an ordinance that underscores a regional approach is 

County Supe to Kick-Off Bike Rodeo at Barrett

5/8/2013--County Supe to Kick-Off Bike Rodeo at Barrett Streets Alive! Parks Alive! emphasizes the importance of parks and healthy activity.   By Joan S. Dentler Belmont Patch   Streets Alive! Parks Alive! Event activities are being celebrated in cities throughout San Mateo County and Belmont is no exception.   Children and families of San Mateo County are invited to get active and enjoy the outdoors from 10 am

Supervisors Find Rhyme and Reason for Poet Laureate

4/22/2013--Supervisors find rhyme and reason for poet laureate  By Michelle Durand  San Mateo Daily Journal    Two county supervisors say there is rhyme and reason for San Mateo County to name an  honorary poet laureate who will elevate the literary genre for residents, advocate the arts and  contribute to literacy.    “Poetry kind of gets a back seat,” said Supervisor Carole Groom who climbed on board with the 

The Rise of the ‘weaker sex’

3/18/2013 -- The rise of the ‘weaker sex’  By Sue Lempert  San Mateo Daily Journal      There has been much attention to the importance of women this year and this month. In the last  election, women were a significant factor in electing President Barack Obama. In 2016, Hillary  Clinton is a strong possibility to run for president. This month, PBS featured a program on  women’s changing lives and the impact on U.S. society over the past 50 years. Betty Friedan’s