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 email@example.com.Get a COVID-19 service update for Help Me Grow – Long Island here. And get a list of at home activities and apps for parents here.
Eastern Suffolk BOCES – schools closed; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
All in-person trainings, classes, and in-site visitations are suspended through May 31
For additional information, call 516-358-9250 or email email@example.com
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 and preschool special education services are suspended until further notice.
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
PRONTO 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 and thrift shop are closed until further notice.
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 remotely 8AM-noon on weekdays
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.)
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
Helping Hands Rescue Mission
Helping Hands Rescue Mission for residents of Huntington. Open Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-1PM. Individual must show name and proof of address. 225 Broadway, Huntington Station, NY 11746; 631-351-6996 Diapers, wipes, misc. Baby items, and food pantry
Mary Brennan INN
Mary Brennan INN provides bag lunches from the door Fridays 9AM-1:30PM, EXCEPT THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
For diapers, you can come between the hours of 9:00AM-1:30PM 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
Island Harvest has a network of food pantries across Long Island; to find out which are still open during COVID-19. click below.
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.
Chicky’s in Bellerose
Serving free lunch to children who cannot afford it, daily from 12PM-2PM (283-43 Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose)
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
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.
BFREE Virtual Breastfeeding Support
BFREE is hosting virtual Baby Cafes to provide breastfeeding support to pregnant and new mothers (and their families) during this challenging time. These sessions, held on Microsoft Teams, will be
Tuesdays (English) 7PM-8PM
The link to join the session is here. 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
Fun activities to do at home that promote development
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