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Nassau BOCES – all events postponed or cancelled and schools closed until April 1; providing remote instruction as of 3/23. Updates posted on website.
Western Suffolk BOCES – all schools closed until April 1; packets of instruction materials being mailed to students.
Eastern Suffolk BOCES – schools closed through April 1; instructional buildings open M, W, F 8am-1pm to answer calls and provide staff access to materials for ongoing instruction.
CAST (Community Action Southold Town)
CAST current schedule due to COVID-19: Mondays 9-12PM Tuesdays 3PM-6PM Fridays 9-12PM
CAST will be providing food and assistance with emergency needs only for Southhold Town residences. Feed-A-Kid bags will be provided to families in need. To sign up for a feed-a-kid bag, the family must call during times of operation or email for info. Phone number: 631-477-1717 Email: email@example.com
Child Care Council of Nassau
CCCN offices are closed to the public. If you are an essential worker in need of child care, please call this hotline: 516-358-9288
Child Care Council of Suffolk
CCCS is closed – all trainings, workshops, and classes are postponed as of 3/16 for two weeks. You will be contacted directly if you are registered for any of these programs. Call 631-462-0303 for contact information for each department. Suffolk county residents looking for child care can call 311 and ask for help with child care. Someone from CCCS will return the call within 10 minutes.
PRONTO warehouse and thrift shop are closed until further notice. Meal baskets are being handed out to clients as needed.
WIC sites across Long Island have slightly changed hours or closed locations; all are able to administer benefits remotely for those already WIC-certified. Recipients can also use benefits for online purchasing, such as via Amazon, Walmart, and Shoprite. New recipients can submit applications by mail.
Please call locations for the most up-to-date information:
LIFQHC WICsites in Elmont, Roosevelt, and Westbury are available remotely 8AM-noon on weekdays
Deliveries of baby items to moms in need. Contact HMG-LI to be connected or to make donations.
Gerald Ryan Outreach Center
Can helpwith items like diapers for Wyandanch area residents. Open weekday mornings only, 9:15AM-11:45AM
Mary Brennan INN
They are open Providing bag lunches from the door. For diapers, you can come between the hours of 10AM-2PM weekdays. Only small diapers available (size 3 and below)
Mead Johnson has programs to help families who cannot afford formula.
Helping Hands: For families that need specialized formula but cannot afford it; families may qualify for a free shipment
Multiple Births: For families with twins/triplets, families may qualify for cases of formula
The Bay Shore CAIR Food Pantry
The Bay Shore CAIR Food Pantry will continue to operate on an appointment only basis. Appointments for food pick-up will be available on Tuesdays, from 12:30 pm-3:30 pm, and Thursdays, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Clients should contact Catherine at 631-650-0104, Monday through Friday, to complete the necessary paperwork over the phone and schedule a food pantry pick-up appointment during a scheduled day/time. Spanish Speaking clients should contact Sonnia Lewis-Suarez at 631-650-0105 to schedule an appointment. If unavailable, clients should leave a voicemail so that a return call can be made to schedule an appointment.
Centro Cristiano Renacer (Reborn Christian Center) food pantry
475 N Brookside Ave Freeport, NY 11520; 516-546-8201
Open Tuesdays – Fridays, 10AM-12PM *updated hours of operation*
No need to call. Families just need to go during the hours of operation. Name and # of members in the household will be asked. It will be a “drive through” service. Food is pre-packed. Volunteers are using masks and gloves.
Chicky’s in Bellerose
Serving free lunch to children who cannot afford it, daily from 12PM-2PM (283-43 Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose)
Island Harvest has a network of food pantries across Long Island; to find out which are still open during COVID-19, contact 516-294-8528
Long Island Cares Food Banks
Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center (220 Broadway, Huntington Station, NY 11746) 631-824-6384
South Shore Service Center (163-1 North Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst, NY 11757) 631-991-8106
Nassau Center for Collaborative Assistance (21 E. Sunrise Highway, Freeport, NY 11520) 516-442-5221
Long Island Cares, Inc (10 Davids Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788) 631-582-3663
Eastern Suffolk BOCES – Free meals for students at these schools, or the designated alternative location, or home delivery can be arranged for families that cannot access these sites.
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting
Call their warmline at 516-515-1948 with non-emergency questions regarding babies’ and young children’s development and well-being, especially in times of heightened stress. Leave a message and you will receive a call back from an infant and early childhood specialist.
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