Final update 8.19.2020 Please contact organizations directly for current hours and any service updates.
Information collected here has been gathered by Help Me Grow- Long Island staff, Leadership Team members, and supporters. We will continue updating as we receive and verify new information. Please email additional resources or updates to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find information about Help Me Grow – Long Island here. And get a list of at home activities and apps for parents here.
For assistance parents must call respective location. Hempstead 516-408-6300, Massapequa 516-798-9100, or Deer Park 631-243-0066. All lines are being forwarded to a main hub. If the parent does not get in touch with the hub, they must leave their name, number, and a message stating their need.
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 now open to the public by appointment only: 516-358-9288.
Essential workers in need of child care can call 516-358-9288
For additional information, call 516-358-9250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Community Thrift Store remains closed until further notice
FSL’s network of homeless shelters remain open and fully staffed-providing food, housing and essentials for adults and children residing in the shelters every night.
For immediate assistance, call Hotline: 631-952-3333
Early Intervention / Pre-School Special Education
Early intervention services are currently being administered virtually. As for Preschool special education services, contact the respective school district.
EI referrals and intakes will continue over the phone
Scheduled IFSP meetings will be conducted over the phone
Health and Welfare Council of LI
Health and Welfare Council of LIstaff working remotely; Client Service Specialists still available to speak to clients about benefits by phone, including SNAP applications and questions. Call 516-505-4437 for more information.
Mental health and substance abuse services available via phone
Modified visits for youth and families
The Boutique (LI Coalition for the Homeless)
Closed until further notice.
Nassau MICHCstaff working remotely; office may be open on alternate days for food pantries and other basic needs; call ahead for latest information
Northwell Developmental Pediatrics
Northwell Developmental Pediatricsoperating via telehealth only. Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM. There is currently a long wait time to see a doctor. For children up to 3 years old: Fall 2020 and for children between 4-6 years old: December 2020/January 2021
Nassau NFP has transitioned to Telehealth. Nurses continue to provide services to clients through telephonic nursing care. They are not in the office, but can still be reached via phone or email. They are still accepting new referrals. Referral forms can be faxed to: (516) 281-8232 or emailed toJanet.email@example.com
PRONTO is open Monday-Friday, 9AM-2PM, and Saturday 9AM-12PM. Those needing the pantry must come with an ID. Please note that due to social distancing measures, upon registration you may be asked to wait outside until your groceries are ready to be picked up. The warehouse is currently closed. * Thrift center is now open weekdays 9:30AM-2PM and Saturday 9AM-12PM
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 or by phone. (Leave a message for a call back.)
Please call locations for the most up-to-date information:
LIFQHC WICsites in Elmont, Roosevelt, and Westbury are available in-person and by phone. Hours vary; please call location first.
Catholic Charities WIC sitesare all having remote appointments. Families can call to verify eligibility or receive certification and nutrition education over the phone. Office hours are Monday and Wednesday 8:30am-4pm, Tuesday 11am-6pm, Thursday 7am-2pm, and Friday 8:30am-12pm. Call:
Following the passage of the Families First Acthouseholds who did not receive the maximum benefit for their household size for March and April will be receiving a one-time payment directly to their EBT accounts making up the difference for those months.
For example: For example, a household of 4 people may currently receive a maximum monthly allotment of $646. If that household received $400 in monthly SNAP benefits for both March and April, they will receive supplemental EA SNAP benefits of $492 ($246 for March and $246 for April.)
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.
Helping Hands Rescue Mission
See emergency funds/supplies above.
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
Long Island Cares, Inc. (68 School St., Glen Cove, NY 11542) 631-582-3663
Food pantry and limited other items, like diapers. Open weekdays 10AM-12PM. 546 St Johns Pl, Riverhead, NY 11901
Valley Stream Emergency Food Distribution
Valley Stream Presbyterian Church 130 South Central Avenue, Valley Stream Every Saturday from 10AM-2PM beginning April 11th
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.
BFREE Virtual Breastfeeding Support
BFREE (Northwell) is hosting virtual Baby Cafes – monthly virtual prenatal classes for expectant mothers and their families on the first Thursday of every month from 10am-12pm on Microsoft Teams. Email BFREE@northwell.edu with any questions.
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
SNAP Stimulus Payments – see SNAP under NYS above
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