|Here's an interactive map for finding soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, or SNAP enrollment sites. https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help/
The United Way has established a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund; they will help with bills, rent and food. Call 1-866-211-9966 and give them your ZIP code. The Robin Hood Foundation has done something similar at robinhood.org.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and a number of foundations have created a $75 million NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund to support New York City-based social services and cultural organizations that have been affected by the crisis. Interested organizations can get more information and apply here.
The Dept. of Education opened Regional Enrichment Centers (REC) for children of health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, and some transit workers. DOE has created this enrollment form for those first responders to complete this form. RECs will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30am - 6:00pm. Students will be provided three hot meals a day and technology for remote learning, as well as art and PE classes. Each location will include a nurse and isolation rooms, in case anyone displays symptoms. There are 15 centers in Manhattan as of Friday.
Rear-door boarding officially went into effect on City buses. Operators have been explicitly instructed to accommodate anyone requesting to board through the front doors.
NYC Ferry will remain open but will operate on a modified schedule until further notice. Starting Monday, March 23, weekend schedules will remain the same, while weekday schedules will be operating with a reduced frequency to account for lower ridership. Riders are strongly encouraged to download the NYC Ferry mobile app and activate push notifications to receive the latest status of the system as well as to avoid using paper tickets to reduce contact points for crew. To view schedules for each route, please visit https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/.
DOE is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children. Families can learn the location of the nearest meal hub by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877. Or going to "find a free meal location near you"
The DOE has set up https://parentcoordinatornyc.connectwithkids.com/ as a resource for Parent Coordinators.
Girls Who Code has launched #CodeFromHome, a series of free resources, available at girlswhocode.com/code-at-home/ and updated weekly.
NYC Dept. for the Aging (DFTA) is phasing in a direct meal delivery system that will gradually replace the current Grab and Go model of food distribution at senior centers. The first phase will begin this Wednesday, March 25. Grab and Go meals will continue at many centers and even overlap as the new system is implemented. DFTA recommends contacting the centers directly before going to the center to confirm timing and availability. In New York City, senior services are considered essential and some centers may need assistance from volunteers in providing these critical meals to clients.
NYC Parks: While solo exercise is okay, team sports (such as basketball, football, softball, and soccer), are not permitted in our parks at this time. Our parks are essential, but visitors must practice social distancing and keep six feet between themselves and others. Parks Enforcement Patrol officers and NYPD will be out in the field to help enforce social distancing in the parks. We are relying on you to help keep New York safe.
Here are two applications for emergency funds for restaurants and restaurant workers.
Please share.James Beard Foundation Relief Fund:Who it is for: "independent food and beverage businesses in need" JBF is asking folks to fill out this link to get more information on the fund criteria and application process. https://airtable.com/shr4d9x0OwCFCkCLnRWCF & Partners Crisis Relief Fund:Who it is for: "those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance." Link to: Application https://form.southernsmoke.org/smoke/application/