Essential needs

 At Home Resources

Essential Needs

YMCA

Provides emergency child care for health care workers and first responders; provides food for children without access to school meals; and does outreach to seniors who face social isolation. Ys are also providing holistic health and wellness support for people of all ages through virtual programming.

Blessings in a Backpack

Works to ensure that kids are fed during this crisis, initiatives vary by community and align with local school food distribution solutions and/or other local programs.

Feeding America

Nationwide network of food banks, food pantries, and meal programs throughout the country that provide families with food and/or meals.

USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder

This government site features an interactive map of nearby food sites; each listing includes the hours of operation and contact information.

Benefits.gov

You can find government benefits related to unemployment assistance, healthcare, and food and nutrition. You can also use the Benefit Finder tool to see if you are eligible for additional benefits.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Provides funds to states and territories to provide families with financial assistance and support services. Programs may include child care assistance, job preparation, and work assistance. Note: Each state and territory decides the benefits it will provide. See if you qualify online.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone in the U.S. who is experiencing domestic violence and/or seeking resources or information.

Crisis Text Line

If you are a parent, student, teacher, or school leader who is struggling, you can connect with a crisis counselor by texting SCHOOL to 741741, any time of the day or night. .

HealthCare.gov

Families can use this government site to update their Marketplace information if COVID-19 impacts their income or household; individuals and families may be eligible to change their plan if certain situations apply. Note: Check with your health insurance company to learn about their specific benefits and coverage policy during this crisis.

Child Care Aware of America

Use their State by State Resource Map to find local resources for child care, health and social services, financial assistance, support for children with special needs, and more.