COVID-19 Resources and Activities – 2020

updated 7.13.2020 4:00pm

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 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.

Updates/Information on COVID-19

Agency Closures/Changes

AAA Pregnancy Options

All locations closed until further notice.


CARECEN offices closed; available virtually.


  • Nassau BOCES – all events postponed or cancelled and schools closed; providing remote instruction. Updates posted on website.
  • Western Suffolk BOCES – all schools closed; packets of instruction materials being mailed to students.
  • 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

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

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.

Circulo de Hispanidad

Call Circulo de Hispanidad first; by appointment only

Family Service League

Family Service League is closed for onsite services.

  • 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 LI staff 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.

Hope for Youth

  • Hope for Youth residential programs remain running as usual
  • 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 MICHC

Nassau MICHC staff 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 Pediatrics operating 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

Nurse-Family Partnership

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 to


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

Saturday, July 18, 9AM-2PM
128 Pine Aire Dr, Bayshore, NY 11717
Gloves, masks, and social distancing required.


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 WIC sites in Elmont, Roosevelt, and Westbury are available in-person and by phone. Hours vary; please call location first.
    • Elmont: 516-571-8200
    • Roosevelt: 516-571-8600
    • Westbury: 516-571-9500
  • Nassau County. Dept. Of Health WIC sites in Hempstead and Glen Cove: currently operating as usual
  • Catholic Charities WIC sites are 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:
    • Freeport: 516-377-0157
    • Rockville Center: 516-705-3645
    • Amityville: 631-842-4123
  • Suffolk County Dept. Of Health WIC sites:
    • The Brentwood location is still open 5 days a week
    • Other locations Amityville, Coram, Greenlawn, Patchogue, Riverhead, Shirley, Southampton, and Wyandanch are open on alternate days; please call for the most current information
  • Stonybrook WIC
    • Sites in East Setauket, and Bay Shore are closed.
      Hauppauge will be open Monday-Thursday, 9AM-5PM and Friday, 8AM-4PM; appointment only
    • Farmingville is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9AM-5PM, and Friday, 8AM-4PM; appointment only
    • For the most up to date information, call in advance or follow them on Facebook and Instagram at @StonybrookWIC

Wyandanch Resource Center

Phone/ Virtual assistance available Mon – Fri between 8:30AM-4:30PM. SNAP/Food Stamps, Health Insurance Enrollment, Utility and Housing/Rent assistance.
Phone Number: 631-643-1971

New York State Information

Department of Education

Student Support Services COVID-19 updates

Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave new legislation

Read more here.

Office of Children and Family Services

OCFS Updates and Announcements
OCFS Guidance for Childcare Providers


New York State updates


Following the passage of the Families First Act households 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.) 

Recipients should check your EBT account for payments.  For more information on emergency allotments, please click here. 

Hunger Solutions NY have a resource page to stay up to date on all nutritional policy changes. Click here to view the page.

Resources for Basic Needs

Emergency Funds/Supplies

Baby Essentials of Long Island

Deliveries of baby items to moms in need. Contact HMG-LI to be connected or to make donations.

Gerald Ryan Outreach Center

Can help with 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

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

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

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 

Mary Brennan INN

Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen – See “Emergency Funds/Supplies” above

Northfork Spanish Apostolate

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


Most schools should be having grab-and-go lunch programs; to find out the details contact your school district or HMG-LI to learn about current options.

  • Western Suffolk BOCES – Breakfast and lunch available to all families for pick up 8:30am-12:30pm from these schools. 
  • 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.

Online/Hotline resources

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
  • Thursdays
    • Spanish 10AM-11AM
    • English 11AM-12PM

The link to join the session is here. Email with any questions.

Child Mind Institute

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust.

Postpartum Resource Center of New York

Providing free and confidential emotional support, educational information and support group and healthcare resources.

  • State-wide Toll-free Helpline 855-631-0001
  • Moms on Call Telephone Support from moms who have been there and are here for you.
  • Or contact us here
  • Many new online support group and tele-health and phone treatment options available for New York moms to be, moms and families.

Broader Resources

New York State of Mind – Headspace

Headspace, in partnership with Governor Cuomo, has created this special NY collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to support you through stressful and challenging times.


The ECCS (Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems) Coordinating Center has compiled the following key resources families may need during this time.

Information about impacts on programming for those serving families with young children

Broader resources to help families, caregivers and children:

SNAP Stimulus Payments – see SNAP under NYS above

Fun activities to do at home that promote development

Learn the Signs, Act Early

CDC child developmental resources, tips, milestone tracker for parents

Reach out and Read

Reach out and Read of Greater NY has compiled a list of free, online learning resources for children

Sid Jacobson JCC

Sid Jacobson JCC has online resources, classes, and workshops for children and families

See more recommended activities, resources, and apps for parents here.

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