How to find food and more.
In one way or another, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us. For some, that impact has been felt especially hard. From housing and food to mental and physical health care, here are a few resources for seeking help during these unpredictable and disorienting times.
This is a place to start your search, and if you still need help finding food, paying housing bills, or receiving other essential services, you can also contact your local 211 for the most comprehensive source of locally curated social services information in the US.
“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable groups are not only elderly people, those with ill health and comorbidities, or homeless or underhoused people, but also people from a gradient of socioeconomic groups that might struggle to cope financially, mentally, or physically with the crisis.”
- JustShelter: a tool to find organizations near you working to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness
- Aunt Bertha: a tool to search for free or reduced cost services like housing, medical care, food, job training, and more
- FoodPantries.org: a state-by-state collection of pantries, soup kitchens, food shelves, food banks and other food help
- WhyHunger: a map of free food sites, with an additional hotline at 1 (800) 5-HUNGRY
- Feeding America: a locator for the nationwide network of Feeding America food banks
- SNAP Benefits: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal nutrition program that can help you stretch your food budget if you have a low income.
- Program Overview: information and FAQs about the SNAP program
- Directory of Resources: find contact info for your local SNAP office to apply for benefits or get more info on the program
- Crisis Text Line: free 24/7 support via text or Facebook messenger (text DS to 741741)
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, 24/7 (1-800-273-8255)
- Trevor Project: 24/7 support for LGBTQ young people, across text, chat, and phone (1-866-488-7386)
- Narcotics Anonymous World Services: find a Narcotics Anonymous meeting near you, several of which are now being held remotely
- Never Alone Club: daily online Narcotics Anonymous meetings where those seeking recovery can chat 24/7 for support and fellowship.
- Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in various formats and multiple many languages, happening 24/7.
- Virtual Recovery Resources from SAMSHA: tip sheet with resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- COVID 311: a portal for college students affected by COVID-19 to seek help and get connected with a case manager to help find resources
- Displaced Students Guide: what do if you’re a student disrupted or displaced by COVID-19, from financial aid to career readiness
- Hope4College Guide: a guide that addresses common needs and offers resources for students during the coronavirus pandemic
- Together We Rise: emergency COVID-19 support for students with experience in the foster system
- AISES T3 Fund: one-time relief scholarships for Native American/Indigenous students