Community Resources to Support Families During COVID-19
No Kid Hungry – Text 877-877 “FOOD” for information
List of all food distribution sites in Durham: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/nc-durham
Research Triangle Charter Academy: Food distribution will be provided for families of enrolled students at the school, as well as children age 0-18. Families may pick up breakfast and lunch at Research Triangle Charter Academy. Find more information here.
Memorial Holy Church, 420 E. Piedmont Ave, Durham: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
- Durham Neighbors Free Lunch, Geer Street Garden, 644 Foster St, Durham: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. durhamfreelunch.com
- World Overcomers Christian Church, 2933 South Miami Blvd, Durham: Saturdays 12:00- 3:00 p.m.; Drive through distribution
- Mustard Seed Project, 218 Stokes Street, Durham: Fridays only 12:30-1:00 p.m.
- Mustard Seed Project, 219 South Alston Avenue #C1, Durham: Monday to Friday 12:00 a 12:30
- The Chicken Hut, 3727 Fayetteville Street, Durham: Monday through Friday 12:00- 1:30, Lunch for any child 0-18 years old
- Grace Outreach Enrichment Ministry, 1607 Angier Avenue, Durham: Third Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
- Grace Outreach Enrichment Ministry, 612 Gary Street, Durham: The fourth Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
You can fill in this form to receive or donate food from Food Not Bombs 919.
- End Hunger Durham
- The state Department of Health and Human Services has increased benefits to current Food and Nutrition Services recipients through April.
- Families can also find three drive-thru or pick-up meal sites through No Kid Hungry North Carolina by texting FOODNC to 877-877.
- Durham Neighbors Free Lunch Initiative: Fundraising going on now to be able to provide lunches. More information here.
The Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina will help you fill out an application for SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.
Durham Public Schools Resources
DPS has also shared home learning resources with parents virtually on the Parent Curriculum Resources page.
While students are out of school, parents, guardians, and DPS staff who need assistance may call the following numbers during business hours:
- Academic and counselor support: (919) 560-2505 or (919) 560-3755
- Information Technology: (919) 560-3837
- Food services (including meal delivery): (919) 560-3657
- Spanish-language support: (919) 560-2510
DPS has also created a website with information about grading and graduation during COVID-19. They’ve included details on revised graduation requirements and how third quarter grades will be determined and how students can do work to improve their grades if needed.
Financial & Emergency Assistance
- Durham County Social Services Provides an array of emergency supports, including assistance with rent, utilities, and food. Schedule an appointment to begin the process.
- Salvation Army of Durham Provides emergency financial and food assistance.
- Durham Congregations in Action Database of agencies and organizations in Durham that offer various forms of financial assistance.
- The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) A hub to support domestic workers with trusted information and resources to take care of yourselves and the people that depend on you. Visit their online resource page for tips on how to stay safe at home and at work during the corona virus pandemic. If you are a domestic worker, text RELIEF to 97779 to get updates from NDWA, and find out when the Coronavirus Care Fund applications are ready.
Computer & Internet Resources
- The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings from vendors across the state.
- Triangle E-Cycling is offering excellent, discounted refurbished corporate laptops starting at $129. Their shop is closed to the public but customers can purchase online through the Triangle VIP Store and select “local pickup” during the checkout process. Triangle E-Cycling will contact you when the computer is ready for curbside pickup.
- Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps and will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.
Financial Relief for Families
On March 31, 2020 Governor Cooper issued an executive order, which
- instructs utility companies not to cut service during the Coronavirus crisis.
- urges internet, phone, and cable companies, which the governor can’t order, to cease cutting off service during the Coronavirus crisis.
- asks banks not to issue overdraft fees or other penalties during the crisis and delay all eviction proceedings, including those that began before the crisis.
- encourages clerks of Superior Court not to restart eviction proceedings after the current hold, issued by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, expires on April 17.
The Governor and the IRS previously waived the April 15 income tax filing deadline. Cooper and General Assembly leaders announced an agreement to defer interest on state income tax until July 15.
Healthcare for the Uninsured
This information was provided by the Partnership for a Healthy Durham
Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare:
- If you, a family member, or someone you know is laid off work due to the coronavirus or other circumstances and might lose health coverage, the NC Navigator Consortium provides FREE assistance. Contact the NC Navigator Consortium by phone, 1-855-733-3711 or via the website: https://www.ncnavigator.net.
- You have 60 days to apply after a life change like losing a job that provided health coverage.
Although under normal circumstances there are three ways to apply for Medicaid, the primary option right now is to apply online at ePass.
What can I do if I don’t feel well and don’t have insurance?
- Uninsured people, who are not feeling well should look for the nearest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). FQHCs are affordable health centers or clinics that receive federal funds to provide necessary health services in communities across the state.
- If you think you may have COVID-19, be sure to reveal it when you call for an appointment. If you can’t go to an FQHC, call your local health department.
- If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or call ahead and then go to the emergency department.
Durham FHQC Health Centers Currently Operating
- Lincoln Community Health Center, 1301 Fayetteville St. * 919-956-4034 (appointment line) * 919-956-4000
- Walltown Neighborhood Clinic * 815 Broad St. * 919-416-1254
- Health Care for the Homeless Clinic at Urban Ministries of Durham * 412 Liberty St. * 919-808-5640
- Live Well Primary Care Clinic * 3901 North Roxboro St, Suite 101, Durham * 919-296-1758
- Lincoln CHC at Durham County Department of Health and Human Services * 414 East Main St, Durham * 919-560-7785
Mental Health Support
- NCDHHS has two new mental health resources to support North Carolinians throughout the COVID-19 crisis: Hope4NC Helpline(1-855-587-3463) and the Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002).