*more resources added 3/18/2020
It’s our goal to help our community find any resources they may need. Please come back as we will update this page as we learn of more resources for the Georgia community.
If you know of a change to any of the resources below, or know of other resources we are missing please let us know by email at [email protected].
Healthcare and Medicine assistance:
- CPACS COSMO Health Center, 6185 Buford Hwy. Bldg. Suite G, Norcross, GA 30071: https://cpacscosmo.org/
- Resources for Coping with Stress
- US Department of Labor granting unemployment benefits to those affected by coronavirus-related closures
- Decatur Education Foundation’s Lighten the Load fund: go to www.decatureducationfoundation.org/lightentheload to complete a form if you need assistance or if you know of a family needing assistance. They are also accepting monetary donations for this fund through the same website.
- Grants for low-income families to use towards food, bills and any uncovered living expenses as a result of quarantine and/or work and school closures. Learn how to apply at https://www.launchgood.com/project/coronavirus_emergency_response_financial_hardship_grants
- Performing Artist Emergency Micro-Lending Grants to provide small, immediate grants to those who are struggling to pay direct living expenses as a result of loss of work
- COVID-19 Relief Fund for Self-Employed and Service Economy LGBTQI & BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Folks: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QTIBIPOCCOVID19
- The Creator Fund- help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://creatorfund.ck.page
- USBG National Charity Foundations Bartender Emergency Assistance Program for Bartenders, the spouse or child of bartender. (You do NOT need to be a USBG member to apply for a philanthropic grant)
- Georgia News on Unemployment for Employers & Employees
- United Way has a Covid-19 Economic Relief Fund. They can help with bills, rent, and food.
- Federal government will allow anyone who owes money on their 2019 taxes to defer payment for 90 days with no penalty
- Reviews.com has a listing of free and no-cost internet access options for students.
- Comcast, two months free internet: Families without Internet access can now have Comcast Essentials FREE for up to 60 days. Additionally, Comcast is increasing Internet speed for existing customers. No disconnects. Free hotspots. https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
- Georgia Power is suspending residential disconnections for the next 30 days beginning tomorrow.
- Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them at no cost- including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
- Mortgage relief news:
- No Atlanta Evictions for Next 60 Days
- List of Banks Offering to Help Customers
- AT&T: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
- Verizon: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees
- Sprint: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
- T Mobile: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
- Georgia Power: No disconnects
- Halting student loan interest: Please note this is stopping interest accruing, NOT about stopping payments
- Information about student loans and the federal rate cuts.
- Food 4 Life Atlanta Survival Program is providing free grocery deliveries as a covid-19 relieve initiative. Learn more at https://foodnotbombsatl.org/food4life-initiative-in-response-to-the-covid-19-crisis
- Exodus Outreach, Inc. at 251 Bona Rd. Buford, Georgia 30518 Telephone number – (770) 945-9064
- North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, 70 Wiley Dr. Buford, Georgia 30518, Dial (770) 271-9793 for information and hours.
- Duluth Cooperative Ministries – Hands of Christ, Location – 3395 Fox St., Duluth, GA 30096. Call – (770) 623-9563. A bag of groceries may be passed out, or staff can help very low-income residents apply for SNAP food stamps or other benefits.
- St. Vincent de Paul of Gwinnett, low income citizens, families with children or senior citizens, can receive free food, perishable goods. Call (678) 892-6163 for hours.
- McDonalds/Aaron Excellence, LLC restaurants in North Georgia (Rome/Turner McCall Blvd, Rome/Martha Berry Hwy, Summerville, Lafayette, Chickamauga) are offering free breakfast or lunch products for school kids aged 12 & under, when accompanied by a parent/guardian (child must be present). Breakfast 7-10 am: sausage biscuit, or McChicken biscuit, or Jelly Biscuit (Scratch-made). Lunch 11-2 pm: regular hamburger, or cheeseburger, or 4-piece McNugget.
- The US Department of Agriculture has authorized two waivers to allow Georgia to feed school children on the free and reduced-price lunch program. They are getting it set up now. Information should be out early next week.
- Free grocery delivery in Atlanta: https://atlsurvival.org/
- Food service workers in Georgia who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or those who are under doctor’s orders for a mandatory quarantine should ask for help at givingkitchen.org/help
Food Access via Schools:
- Beginning March 16th, all Atlanta Public School students (with student ID) can receive daily free bagged meals at 5 school sites Monday-Friday from 10 am – 12 pm: Douglass High School, Cleveland Elementary, Bunche Middle School, Sylvan Middle School, Phoenix Academy (formerly Crim High School). On March 23, All Atlanta Public School families can report to these locations Monday-Friday from 10 am – 12 pm to receive a bag of shelf stable grocery items.
- Banks County Public Schools will offer breakfast and lunches starting on Monday at the following locations beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. All students are eligible for these free meals. If you have any questions regarding pickup locations or time, please call Mike Cleveland, Director of Transportation, at (706)206-8249.
- These meals will be available to pick up on a first come first serve basis Monday through Friday at the several locations and times. Please check the website for more information.
- Cherokee Public Schools will begin distributing to-go bags of food through drive through stations from 10am-noon on Monday March 16th and 23rd. These bags will include a week worth of breakfasts and lunches for a child. A child, infant to 18, must be present in order for a bag to be provided. Children can go to whatever location is closest to their home.
- Clayton Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunches at select sites beginning 3/16 on a grant and go basis.
- Cobb County Public Schools is partnering with MUST Ministries to provide food to families in need. Food boxes will be available in a number of locations. Learn more at https://www.mustministries.org
- DeKalb County School District will begin providing daily meal service for students on Monday, March 16th. All DeKalb County students can receive a free bagged lunch and snack daily Monday-Friday from 10 am – 12 pm at Cross Keys High School, Sequoyah Middle School, Idlewood Elementary School, Lithonia High School, Clarkston High School, Chapel Hill Middle School, Bethune Middle School, McNair Middle School
- Fulton County Public Schools will start providing an opportunity for families to pick up meals at Lake Forest Elementary School, Mimosa Elementary School, Haynes Bridge Middle School, Tri-Cities High School, Banneker High School, and Langston Hughes High School starting March 16th.
- Gwinnett County Schools will provide lunch for anyone 18 and younger at 68 school sites in the district at no cost. These sites will be open from 11 am – 1 pm, but the student must be present to receive the meal. Meal delivery is being coordinated now through the school buses. Meals will be delivered to bus stops. Check the Gwinnett County Public Schools website for final times and locations.
- Henry County Schools are offering take-home meals starting Wednesday, March 18th at Locust Grove Elementary, Hampton Middle School, McDonough Middle School, and Stockbridge Middle School. Drive-thru line from 11 am – 1 pm weekdays from Wednesday the 18th through Thursday the 26th.
- Marietta City Schools will be deploying buses to deliver food at 81 stops along 18 routes. They’re working out the details of this now.
- Rockdale County Public Schools will begin mobile meal delivery routes in Rockdale beginning Tuesday the 17th for children 18 and under. Check the Rockdale Schools website for details.
- Mobile Food Pantries will be available to support families on March 20th at 4pm at Forest Park Middle School and March 31st at 3pm at Riverdale Middle School
- Beginning Monday, March 16th, meals will be available at:
- Hosea Feed the Hungry (4779 Mindy St, Atlanta, 30366, 404-755-3353). Food pantry Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm with ID and Social Security card)
- Loaves and Fishes at St. John the Wonderworker Parish (543 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta 30312, 678-373-9433). Monday-Friday, 9 am – 10 am
- Heritage Presbyterian Church in Acworth is opening their emergency pantry by appointment, 770-926-3558 ext 212. They will be pooling pantry resources for students and families of Cherokee County schools as well.
- Action Ministries is also making an effort to feed children while schools are out: 1700 Century Circle NE, Atlanta 30345, 404-881-1991
- Must Ministries in Marietta is providing free lunches for Cobb County Schools families in need
- Tom and Chee restaurant is organizing school lunches for kids in Kennesaw.
Escaping Domestic Violence:
- Futures Without Violence is a health and social justice nonprofit
- Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
- Know Your Rights Resources for ICE (Various Languages): https://advancingjustice-atlanta.org/page/47
- ICE Raids Response Resources: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QP5PNx2x4QEQAZYqrgVBNNMJFW_dcA6N
- Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services: https://catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/immigration-legal-services/
- U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage for college students impacted by campus closures
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution is offering free e-subscriptions to help people stay informed
- Helping Mamas remains open for baby supplies and period products but has limited their operations and suspended their safe sleep and car seat safety classes.
- Old Fourth Distillery: giving away free hand sanitizer during their business hours. Bring your own container and make a donation
Check out our activities page to find a list of activities to keep you busy while you are practicing social distancing or self-isolating. Don’t forget to come back to these pages as we will update them as we learn more.