Community Resources during the Coronavirus Crisis
Opportunities to Help Your Community
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District of Columbia
Mutal Aid Resources:
- DC Mutual Aid Spreadsheet. This spreadsheet contains links to all ward level mutual aid efforts, forms where people can offer or sign up for assistance, donation pages, petitions, and more.
- To get involved in mutual aid efforts, people can join the DC Mutual Aid Network facebook group
Local Government resources and alert systems
- DC Covid-19 Insurance Options
- Senior meals: 202 724 5626
- DC: https://coronavirus.dc.gov
- Meals for students: https://dcps.dc.gov/coronavirus
Capital Area Food Bank
- During these uncertain times, many of the Capital Area Food Bank’s partners remain open to serve the community. However, information may change as the current situation progresses. You may continue to use the Food Bank Network below to identify partners in your area, but please call ahead of time to verify hours and ensure the partner is able to provide goods and services at this time.
DC-Area Grocery Stores Set Aside Times for Seniors, Vulnerable People to Shop
- Some DC-area grocery stores are offering or plan to offer special shopping hours for senior citizens, and in some cases other vulnerable people, during the coronavirus crisis. Washingtonian has contacted lots of grocery-store chains to ask about this practice and will update this post as we get responses.
- We are operating to-go meal sites for DC youth at four DC Public Schools: Walker-Jones Education Campus in Ward 6, and Kelly Miller Middle School, Thomas Elementary School, and H.C. Woodson High School in Ward 7.
- We are operating 11 mobile feeding locations serving to-go breakfasts and lunches through our partnerships with local nonprofits, faith communities, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
- We are increasing meal deliveries to local shelters and nonprofit agencies, including an additional 450 meals per day now that shelters are remaining open during daytime hours.
- We are continuing to deliver fresh produce and healthy snacks to corner stores through our Healthy Corners program and are announcing a price cut of up to 50% on our already discounted fresh, whole fruits and vegetables.
- We are providing fresh produce bags to our Culinary Job Training program students and staff looking for additional support while at home.
World Central Kitchen & Think Food Group
- Chef José Andrés reopened six of his restaurants as “community kitchens” in conjunction with his disaster relief organization, World Central Kitchen. The locations will be open from 12 to 5 PM daily and serve meals out of side doors and patios at reduced prices. Free meals will be available for those who can’t pay, and customers have the option to donate meals as well.
- People can pick up meals from side doors at Penn Quarter restaurants Zaytinya and Oyamel as well as at all Jaleo locations (Penn Quarter, Bethesda Crystal City). They’ll also be available from the front door at America Eats Tavern in Georgetown.
As Schools Close Over Coronavirus, Students Can Still Get Lunch at These Locations (All DMV area)
924 G Street, NW
Fr. McKenna Center
900 N. Capitol Street, NW
Georgetown Presbyterian Church
3115 P Street, NW
Martha’s Table at the Commons
2375 Elvans Road, SE
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - Hours: 11am-4pm
Tuesday - Hours: 11am-6pm
2401 Virginia Avenue, NW
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
1334 29th Street, NW
Veritas City Church (waterfront)
3255 K Street, NW
(starts April 1)
American Eats Tavern
3139 M Street, NW
To go food
Free meals for students during coronavirus closures
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools expanded their meals program on Sunday, so that children can get three free meals a day at 52 sites. The kids don’t have to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals, the school system said, but adults aren’t allowed to pick the food up for them.
- The meals are available at 31 schools in the county and 21 mobile meal sites. You can check out where they are on the school system site.
- Calvert County Public Schools handed out take home resources to continue learning. If a child forgot or was absent on Friday, the schools will be open on Monday for students to pick up books or materials. Starting on Tuesday, only front office and building service staff may enter. The Calvert County Department of Child Nutrition will begin distribution of free lunches at three locations in the county on March 18 to any children aged 4-18. The sites are the Chesapeake Ranch Estates area, the White Sands area and the Prince Frederick area.
- Charles County Public School teachers have created optional instructional activities for students to complete at home. The school system will post a link to a distance learning website on Monday. They plan to provide paper-based instructional resources for students who do not have technology access. All optional instructional activities are not required and will not be graded. Charles County Public Schools will offer free, cold bagged lunches for any child ages 18 and younger.
- Frederick County Public Schools said that it is “not expected or required that students complete assignments” during the shutdown. Teachers may have provided books, documents and other materials to students during the day on Friday. They encourage students to practice and continue learning. The school system will be serving free breakfast and lunch to all children ages 18 and younger as well as adults older than 18 who are enrolled in an education program for persons with disabilities on weekdays during the shutdown.
- Howard County Public Schools sent students home with information and instructional resources that can be used optionally while at home. These resources will not be graded or collected. Additionally, students may continue to work on classroom assignments provided by teachers prior to school closures. There are no expectations that assignments be turned in during the closure. The Howard County Public School System will provide free “Grab-N-Go” meals to anyone ages 18 and under during the school closures on weekdays from Tuesday through March 27.
- Montgomery County Public Schools made learning activities and materials available online through a learning portal. Print materials were provided to schools and will be available for pick up during the week when free meals are provided to students. Montgomery County Public Schools said that the activities are meant for review and to practice information that has already been taught. The activities are designed to span the timeframe of the school closure. The school system will operate 20 sites to provide “Grab-N-Go” meals for students. Free meals will be provided weekdays for all students under 18 years old. The county provided additional information on grades, SATs and other measures on March 27.
- Prince George’s County Schools will make enrichment packages available for remote learning for those in the school system on March 18. Additionally, during the closure, students can receive “grab and go” lunches daily. The school system will provide meals at 25 different sites from 10 a.m. til 1 p.m.
- St. Mary’s County Public Schools are working on an at-home learning program. Starting on March 17, a drive-up lunch service will be provided for students aged 18 and under.
The State of Virginia has taken the following steps to help those impacted by the Coronavirus: No waiting for unemployment benefits
- Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible.
Enhanced eligibility for unemployment
- Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19. If a worker has been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer, they may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. In addition, a worker may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.
- For individuals receiving unemployment insurance, Governor Northam is directing the Virginia Employment Commission to give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory reemployment appointments, and work search requirements.
- The Office of the Governor is providing a Frequently Asked Questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis. Support for Impacted Employers Regional workforce teams will be activated to support employers that slow or cease operations. Employers who do slow or cease operations will not be financially penalized for an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits.
- The Governor is authorizing rapid response funding, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs. Governor Northam is directing all employers to follow U.S. Department of Labor guidance on workplace safety.
- Governor Northam requested and the Supreme Court of Virginia granted a judicial emergency in response to COVID-19. From Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 6, non-essential, nonemergency court proceedings in all district and circuit courts are suspended absent a specific exemption. This includes a prohibition on new eviction cases for tenants who are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-19. All non-exempted court deadlines are tolled and extended for a period of 21 days.
Northern Virginia Family Service
- We are asking all who contact us to utilize this information and other reasonable options such as contacting your lender, landlord, or utility prior to requesting last resort funding. There is a limited amount of funding available and we want to ensure it is considered as funding of last resort. Funds will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis for immediate needs, according to availability and based on our funders’ guidelines.
- There are several categories of impact directly related to the COVID-19 emergency, including:
- Those who have lost or are receiving reduced income from employment as a result of the COVID-19 emergency
- Unforeseen expenses due to COVID-19 emergency, such as healthcare co-pays, childcare, etc.
- Eligibility requirements: Be a resident of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, Manassas, Manassas Park, or Prince William.
ACPS Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is providing free emergency meals for any child under 18 years old, as well as any family who needs it, including free delivery. ACPS will be closed through spring break, with a tentative return date of Monday, April 13. Any child between the ages of 2 and 18 can pick up to-go meals at T.C. William High School between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and students do not have to be eligible for the free or reduced lunch program. No forms are required either. Family-meal packs can be ordered online and picked up at the Chinquapin Recreation Center between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. If transportation is not an option, check the box on the form to request free delivery. For more information, please visit acps.k12.va.us.
CCDA At Christ House (St Lucy Project)
- 131 S West Street 9AM-1PM
- Wednesday(s) and Thursday(s)-Assistance given once per month
- 703-548-4227 *Requests for financial assistance to be emailed: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
- 711 N Columbus St 10AM-12PM
- Thursdays 703-836-3725
- For financial assistance call 571-312-8408
Catholic Charities-Christ House
- 131 S West Street Alexandria, VA 22314
- 703-548-4227 email@example.com
- Emergency Assistance is open. Requests for rent and utilities are being handled by phone.
- St. Lucy Food Project pantries, including Christ House in Alexandria, Loaves and Fishes in Front Royal, and the Leesburg Regional Office. Food bags are being distributed to clients. Social distancing is being employed for clients waiting in line. • Family Services Mental Health Counseling o Counselors are providing counseling via secure telephone or video conferencing.
- ALIVE! provides food, clothing, and financial and other assistance; (703) 662-1067
- Hunger Free Alexandria produces a daily list of food programs and services
- “Arlington Thrive provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to County residents who experience sudden financial crisis such as temporary unemployment or illness.” (From website) *This resource is not accepting self-referrals*
Arlington County Public Schools (Meals)
- Arlington Public Schools (APS) is scheduled to be closed through Monday, April 13. APS will offer free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches, free to any child ages 2 to 18. The child must be present to get the meals; no parents will be authorized to pick up food without the child. The two pickup locations are Kenmore Middle School and Charles R. Drew Elementary School. Both locations will have tables set up outside of the building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please visit apsva.us.
Arlington Food Assistance Center
- 2708 S Nelson St, Arlington VA
- Current Clients: AFAC will continue to provide free weekly groceries to Arlingtonians in need. Distributions will continue at our Shirlington headquarters at 2708 South Nelson Street. Starting Monday, March 23, AFAC will temporarily change the food distribution hours at Nelson. Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 2 pm Saturday: 9 - 11 am • There will be no evening distributions, early-bird line, or separate social worker distributions until further notice. These changes are being made to streamline our operations and to keep everyone safe.
- New Clients: By providing one-time services and short-term referrals, AFAC is here to help Arlingtonians to save their limited resources during this uncertain time. Any Arlingtonian may be served one time without a referral. You must provide a photo ID and proof of address (lease or utility bill). After that, you must get a referral from the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau.
St Georges Episcopal Church Emergency Food
- Food pantry open during lunch; visitors asked to practice social distancing
- 915 N Oakland St Arlington, VA 22203
St Charles Catholic Church
- 3304 Washington Blvd Arlington VA
- Assistance with food, diapers, and other necessities-call phone number above.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
- St. Lucy Food Project Pantries including Christ House in Alexandria, Loaves and Fishes in Front Royal, and the Leesburg Regional Office. Food bags are being distributed to clients. Social distancing is being employed for clients waiting in line. Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic in Manassas Pregnant patients are still being seen by scheduled appointment. All other patients are being served by secure phone or video conferencing.
- 200 N Glebe Road Arlington VA
- Emergency Assistance is open. Requests for rent and utilities are being handled by phone.
1515 N Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Daily, 10am-12pm (vegetarian meals)
Coordinated Services Planning Connects
- Clients to county and community based services and resources that promote self-sufficiency and enhance well-being. Can provide basic county information as well as link clients to resources for emergency needs including food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, employment, financial assistance and other essential needs (from website) Multilingual staff available Monday through Friday 8AM-4:30PM 703-222-0880
- Assists families facing eviction and the homeless. Temporary financial assistance for rent, housing relocation and stabilization services and other support is available. Apply for security deposit assistance, money for utility bills, motel or hotel vouchers or moving costs. Legal advocacy, housing search and placement and credit repair is available too. • Assistance Services and Pantry Program Open Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Every first Saturday of the month 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
- 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210 Reston, VA 20190
Committee for Helping Others
- 133 Park St NE Vienna, VA 22183
- 703-281-7614 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Limited financial assistance, personal care items, emergency food assistance • Emergency food assistance services By appointment only; call 703-281-7614 then press 1 • Financial Aid services By appointment only; call 703-281-7614 then press 4
- Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services helps residents in need
- Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide lists nonprofit and government services
- United Community is providing emergency services, including food
- Fairfax County Public Schools offers grab-and-go meals
- Homestretch provides financial and meal support for the community's most vulnerable population.
- The city government provides a host of support services
- City social workers are helping families struggling with food insecurity, housing, or other economic hardships
- City Housing and Human Services provides guidance and assistance in accessing the city services
- ECHO is an all-volunteer run charity that gives food and financial help to people with short-term emergencies and provides clothes and household items to people with low incomes
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