COVID-19 Updates & Resources

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NYC Covid-19 Resources

Please note that per the New York City Department of Health:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are available to people of all immigration statuses. You will not be asked about your immigration status at the vaccination site.COVID-19 vaccines are available to people of all immigration statuses. You will not be asked about your immigration status at the vaccination site.
  • Free transportation to and from a vaccination appointment is available for NYC residents 65 and older, and for those with disabilities who have no other way to get to a vaccination site.
  • Everyone can get vaccinated for no cost. You will not need to provide your social security number to get vaccinated. You will not be charged, even if you do not have health insurance

Stolen Stimulus Check?

If your spouse or ex-spouse has taken your Covid-19 Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Check), you can find more information on the possibility of claiming it as a credit or refund on your 2020 federal tax return here.



Please scroll down the page to find resources for each of the following topics:

Food & Pantries Student-Specific Resources Devices & Services for Virtual Learning Financial Assistance Information Billing Assistance
Unemployment Resources Mutual Aid Neighborhood Deliveries Mental Health Support Child-Specific Resources


Food Resources

Coronavirus NYC Food Guide
Lists of pantries, supermarkets, etc organized by neighborhood!

Emergency Food (Harlem)
The Food Bank for NYC is providing emergency food at nearby soup kitchens and food pantries. The Community Kitchen and Food pantry in Harlem. Monday-Friday, 252 West 116 Street, NY, NY To-go meals & take-home pantry bags

Coronavirus Task Force Relief Kits
Contact or 201-381-1767. For food assistance, please click on the link provided.

Free soup (Jamaica area)
Adana Turkish Grill (178-25 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY) is offering free soup to those in need of assistance.

One Week of Free Groceries
One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative

Free Food Items (Jackson Heights area)
Farine’s Baking Company (74-24 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights) has a table set up with free food items in small bags for people in need, financially challenged, and can’t afford to purchase.

Pay-What-You-Can Meals (Brooklyn)
Anella Restaurant (222 Franklin St, Bklyn, NY) is offering PWYC meals starting at 5pm today, with prices reduced on select meals.

50% off food items (Fresh Meadows)
For underprivileged children or those facing financial hardship, Ali Baba (183-10 Horace Harding Expwy, Fresh Meadows, NY) is offering 50% discount off all food items.

Free food items (Flour, sugar, and salt) (Brooklyn)
Bagel Story and fritebar (8501 and 8503 3rd avenue) just got in 3,000 pounds of flour, sugar, and salt. Just in case supermarkets run out and families that are in need would like the basics for their kitchen, they will start to give out flour, sugar, and salt to the ones in need for FREE.

Pay-What-You-Can Meals (Brooklyn)
Offering 30 PWYC hot meals starting at 3pm. The meals will be placed on a table inside of Jimmy’s Diner (577 Union Avenue, Bklyn, NY) next to a bottle of hand sanitizer for people to take proper precautions. They also have extra gallons of orange juice and milk that are available for people that need it.

Project New Yorker providing Free Emergency Grocery Assistance
Project New Yorker is providing Free Emergency Grocery Assistance in Jamaica, Queens from Monday-Friday from 11 AM-5 PM. This service is available to everyone. Please fill out this online form or call at (917) 946-1546 to request this service. You will be able to pick up the groceries or food on 87-91 144th Street, Jamaica, NY 11435. All the groceries and food will be HALAL. Please make sure to fill the form or call before you come to ensure that your package is prepared and ready for pick up.

Nonprofit Providers Needed for GetFood Delivery Assistance Program
GetFoodNYC is dramatically growing in capacity and with a goal to deliver one million meals a day, the City is looking to partner with nonprofits to help manage distribution sites, prepare and package meals (particularly culturally-sensitive meals). There is a strong need for support in areas including Washington Heights, Howard Beach, South Ozone Park, Gravesend/Sheepshead Bay, Morris Park, North Shore Staten Island, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Eastchester, and Sunset Park.

The City is currently seeking information about what capacity nonprofit providers would have to participate in the program through potential emergency contracts. View the Request for Interest (RFI) here.

There will be an informational conference call for nonprofits to receive an overview and ask questions. This call will be held on Monday, May 11, 2020, at 3:00PM. Email to register for the call. Visit for more information.

Invisible Delivery 
Note: Delivery is free, but order has to be paid for. Invisible Hands is a group of engaged volunteers from communities at the least risk for severe COVID-19 reactions working to bring groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics. Here’s how it works: Fill out the “Request a Delivery” form. You’ll get a phone call from a volunteer in your neighborhood who will be completing your delivery, so you can confirm for them exactly what you need and where you need it from. You can choose to pay in one of three ways:

Call the store in advance to place the order and pay with your credit card over the phone, letting them know someone else will be picking it up on your behalf OR Provide your volunteer with cash before they complete the order OR Reimburse the volunteer after they pick up your items. Whatever payment method you select, your volunteer will include your receipt in the delivery bag and leave the bag at your doorstep, ringing your bell so you know it’s arrived.

Flatbush SDA Church 
261 East 21st street, 11226. Food pantry on Mondays between 11-1pm

Brooklyn West Family Center 
191 Joralemon Street, 11201. Food pantry on Thursdays, 9:30-3pm to get a bag. If there is an emergency at any other point during the week and they need a bag they can come in and get an emergency bag.

Center for Family Life 
443 39th street, 11232. Food pantry Tues (10-1pm), Wed (11-1pm), Thurs (11-1pm), Fri (10-1pm). 40 bags (1 per family) are given a day. Come half hour before opening time to secure a bag.

ICNA Relief Food Pantry
87-91 144th street, Jamaica, 11435. Food pantry on Thursdays between 11-1pm, family size bag.


Student Specific Resources

Free Meals and Laptops
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children. Meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children

Monday – Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm

  • No registration, ID, or documentation required.
  • All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time.
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises.

Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children‎.
Find a free meal location near you:

Free vegan lunches for public school children (Manhattan)
Derossi Global will be helping our local communities by providing free vegan lunches to children beginning on Tuesday, March 17th from 12-2pm, Mondays-Fridays. The following pick up locations in the East Village are:

  • Honeybee’s and Mother of Pearl at 95 Avenue A
  • Avant Garden at 130 East 7th Street
  • Ladybird and Night Music at 111 East 7th Street

Meals are provided to children only, parents cannot pick up for a child and they must accompany a child for meals.

Free lunch and dinner for children (Bronx)
Mamajuana Cafe (3233 East Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY). Offering free lunch for children in the community starting from 11-1pm and then 4-8pm

Free lunch (Manhattan)
Honest Chops (99 MacDougal Street, NY, NY) will provide lunch between 12-1:30pm to children in need and an accompanying parent.

Free meals
Free healthy meals at Evelyn’s Kitchen (2317 1st Avenue, NY, NY)

Free lunch (Jamaica area)
Chicky’s (248-43 Jericho Turnpike, Jamaica, NY) is serving free lunch to all underprivileged children daily beginning 3/17/20 from 12-2pm.

Free breakfast (Canal Street)
Holy Cow (34 Canal Street, NY, NY) will be providing free breakfast sandwiches every morning to children 12 and under.

Free Grab and Go breakfasts and lunches (Harlem and Bronx)
Red Rabbit (a school food vendor) is delivering grab & go breakfasts & lunches for any child in the Harlem & Bronx communities at the following times/locations:

  • 8:00am-8:20 @ 15rd & 8th Ave (Polo Grounds)
  • 8:30am-8:50 @ 150th & Broadway
  • 9:00am-9:20 @ 142nd & Lenox Ave
  • 9:30am-9:45 @ 135th & 5th Ave
  • 10:00am-10:45 @Boys Prep CS 192 East 151st (Bronx)
  • 11:00am-12:00pm @ 1 East 104th St – Capital Prep East Harlem”

Free UHaul storage
UHaul offering free 30-day storage to students that have to move due to the coronavirus. The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited time offer subject to availability.


Devices & Services for Virtual Learning

Internet Access
For students who don’t have internet access to be able to take online classes, Spectrum offers free services during the first 60 days. Please call 844-488-8398. Please note that Spectrum will automatically charge customers after the first 60 days. Customers must cancel before that.

Loaning Laptops
CUNY schools are loaning laptops for students who are in critical need to complete their classes online for Spring 2020. Contact your campus to confirm if you can borrow a laptop. If you live far from your home campus, you can use facilities (computer labs, libraries, etc) on any CUNY campus nearby as long as you have your ID

NYC Public Schools: Request a Device
The DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the form by clicking on the title above. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, all devices are granted on temporary basis & will later need to be returned. Limit of 1 device per student.

Computer Request – Apply for a Computer
Please click link if one is in need of laptops.

Free subscriptions and educational resources
Free subscriptions to educational resources for various age groups. Click on the link.

Free MoMA Courses
MoMA offers free courses and specializations via Coursera

College Application Workshops 
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is offering College Access classes and individual advisement for high school students on a daily basis through a virtual platform. They will help students build their college list, explore their financial aid options, build their applications, and map out their high school journey. Each class is capped at six students and homework is required. Join in for Round 1 of classes through April 17th. To make an appointment please email Juan Carlos Salinas, Director of Education, .

Free Tutoring Help
Activist Ilana Cohen and her friends are virtually volunteering as tutors in school subjects, test prep, and college application and essay-writing for NYC public school students to help fill gaps left by the move from in-person to digital learning in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. They are particularly hoping to help lower-income students. All K-12 NYC public school students (or, parents on these students’ behalf) can sign up to be matched with a tutor through their organization, Edumate NYC, at! You can also find more information on their website at


Financial Assistance Information

Emergency fund for undocumented folks
To apply to the relief fund, email