COVID-19: Resources for Families
We’re all experiencing changes in our daily lives due to COVID-19. While some of us are doing okay, others are in need of help. Here’s a list of resources to make this stressful time a little easier on your family.
- All school districts are still offering breakfast and lunch to any kids 1-18 at participating locations: www.kgw.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/food-meals-schools-portland-closed-coronavirus/283-f54b65f9-eeb8-4854-b7a9-f0fc9d61aab2
- You can use SNAP benefits to have groceries delivered from Amazon and Walmart (though a delivery fee will be charged): pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/455303-371419-oregonians-can-now-order-groceries-online-with-food-stamps
- Restaurants offering free lunches for kids while supplies last:
- Laughing Planet (all locations) is providing free kid’s meals to kids who qualify for reduced lunch.
- Lionheart Coffee Co. (Beaverton) is offering brown bag lunches at both Beaverton locations for anyone who needs them.
- Pita Pit (Oregon City) is offering lunch to local students in need.
- Hog Wild BBQ (Clackamas) is offering free meals to kids who receive free lunches at their schools.
- PDX Sliders is offering free kid’s meals to any child who needs one. Just let them know “school is out.”
- Stella Taco (3060 SE Division St.) Just ask for a “school lunch.”
- Sugar Street Bakery & Bistro (1430 SE Water Ave.) is offering free brown bag lunches for children and families in need.
- Bless Your Heart Burgers (5410 NE 33rd Ave.) Order a free kid’s hot lunch! Learn more at www.byhpdx.com/freelunch.
- Koi Fusion is offering free kids meals for kids under 12.
- Hunger Fighters food pantry in Lake Oswego is open 1-3pm every Saturday: www.hungerfightersoregon.org
- Gleaner Programs:
- NE Portland Birch Community Services: www.birchcommunityservices.org
- Find Food: www.oregonfoodbank.org/find-help/find-food/
- Food Boxes & Hot Meals: www.portlandoregon.gov/gatewaycenter/article/304568
- Apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): oregonhunger.org/apply-for-snap/
- The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is expanding childcare benefits to support families during the COVID-19 outbreak: oregonearlylearning.com/oregon-expands-child-care-benefits-to-support-families-and-providers-during-spread-of-covid-19/
Most companies are waiving late fees and suspending data usage limits due to COVID-19. Check out your specific company for more information: www.cnet.com/news/carriers-are-suspending-internet-data-caps-during-coronavirus/
- Comcast basic internet is free for low income customers for 60 days and $9.99/month after that: www.internetessentials.com/Apply
- Comcast: corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
- CenturyLink: news.centurylink.com/covid-19
Local companies will suspend shutoffs due to late payments or if you are unable to pay. Please contact your utility company to discuss options.
- Portland Water Bureau: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/756552
- Apply for financial hardships: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/69504
- Pacific Power: www.pacificpower.net/about/newsroom/news-releases/pacific-power-to-suspend-disconnections-in-response-to-covid-19.html
- Contact them to set up a payment plan!
- NW Natural: www.nwnatural.com/customerservice/coronavirus
- Oregon Homeowner Support is a new website that lists HUD-approved counseling agencies. NEDCO is the designated agency for Clackamas County homeowners (not affiliated with NWFS). Their services are geared toward homeowners who are struggling to make their mortgage payments or who are already in default and at risk of foreclosure. These services are provided at NO CHARGE to the homeowner. Despite the mortgage and real estate crisis in our state, there are programs and help available: www.oregonhomeownersupport.gov
- Article on employment concerns: www.kgw.com/article/money/business/oregon-unemployment-benefits-coronavirus/283-4a76cc42-d6a2-4338-8c6a-549bfcf4565e
- COVID-19 Layoffs, Closures & Unemployment Insurance Benefits: Call 1-877-345-3484 or go to www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
- For any other resource needs: Call 211 (or 1-866-698-6155) or visit www.211info.org/search-resources
- Scholastic Learn at Home provides free educational tools daily to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing: classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- Virtual Field Trips let you explore from the comfort of your own home: docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic
- Virtual Museums: www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article&utm_content=20200313&fbclid=IwAR2zzAg7MpmXhpa75MNC3qlksaH-FqFBHBODFDx85pkXh-YDH8oTEX4kmB8
- Educational companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures: www.amazingeducationalresources.com
- GoNoodle offers free fun for kids: www.gonoodle.com
- Raddish is a cooking club for kids, offering free cooking ideas to support homeschooling: www.raddishkids.com/pages/suddenlyhomeschooling
- The Kitchen Table Classroom has free online art classes: www.kitchentableclassroom.com
- Lunch Doodles is a virtual art class with artist Mo Willems daily at 10am: www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
- Disney is offering Free Imagineering in a Box classes: www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box
- Online Ivy League courses you can take for free: www.freecodecamp.org/news/here-are-380-ivy-league-courses-you-can-take-online-right-now-for-free-9b3ffcbd7b8c/