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COVID-19 Emergency Resources

If you, or someone you know is in of need any assistance feel free to use or forward the resources below.


COVID-19 Hotline:

Residents homebound due to COVID-19 in need of food or other essential items can reach the COVID-19 Hotline at
1-888-349-8323 or online.


FOOD FOR FAMILIES                                                                 

Martha's Table will continue to offer no-cost groceries at The Common's Market (2375 Elvans Road SE) and the Maycroft Market (1474 Columbia Road NW). For more information, visit their website.

DC Dream Center (2826 Q Street SE) is giving out hot meals every day at 12:00 PM until they run out.

Dreaming Out Loud and Little Sesame will be giving out meals Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Kelly Miller Middle School (301 49th Street NE).

The YMCA's in DC will be providing fresh produce to anyone in need, regardless of their affiliation with the YMCA. Distribution will occur on Mondays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the following locations: YMCA Anthony Bowen (1325 W Street NW) and YMCA Calomiris Program Center (1906 Allison Street, NE).

SOME’s food pantry offers non-perishable food items and fresh produce to those who are in need of extra help. In response to COVID-19, the food pantry is currently operating by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Ann Ourand at or call 202-695-7816.

Capital Area Food Bank will be distributing food every Tuesday at Kelly Miller Middle School (301 49th Street NE) from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

Nourish Now provides food assistance, but clients must call ahead for an appointment.

DC Mutual Aid is a grassroots organization that is providing food and toiletries to families living in Ward 7 and Ward 8. For more information, check out their flier. will reimburse families up $50 for essential goods and groceries that were purchased on a SNAP card. Here's how it works: purchase food as normal with your SNAP card, Download Expensify on your phone (for free), agree to the policy, SmartScan the receipt, submit it to, and set up your bank account to receive the funds. Please note that Expensify is hoping to submit reimbursement the next day, but wait times may be longer due to increased demand. 

Our Streets is an app launching the week of March 30 which will show which stores have groceries and other toiletries. For more information, check out this article.

Salvation Army ( 3335 Sherman Avenue NW) is offering free lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:00 PM 

There is a free food pantry at Spanish Catholic Center (1618 Monroe Street NW) every Wednesday from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Israel Metropolitan CME Church (557 Randolph Street Northwest) is distributing packaged food every Wednesday at Friday at 10:00 AM. They also serve breakfast every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM

FOOD FOR YOUTH                                                               

Schools in Washington D.C. are offering free meals to anyone under the age of 18. You can find a complete list of the meal sites here.

KIPP is giving out three breakfast meals and three lunch meals per student at its meal sites (Webb Campus: 1375 Mt. Olivet Road NE, Douglass Campus: 2600 Douglass Road SE, and Benning Campus: 4801 Benning Road SE). If there are questions, email

Momma's Safe Haven will be offering rides to families to and from DCPS meal sites. If in need of a ride, please call 202-903-5122.

Purple Patch ( 3155 Mt Pleasant St NW) will be offering free "grab and go" breakfasts for children between 8 AM and 10 AM.

DC Food Project  

Daybreak Ministries (5017 Banks Street NE), serving breakfast and lunch to ages 18 and under, Monday-Friday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Greater Love Church (4421 Jay Street NE), serving breakfast and lunch to ages 18 and under, Sunday- Saturday from 11:00 am - 1:00pm 

Grab & Go Dinner for children available from 2-6pm (M-F) @ Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (3675 Ely Pl SE)

Free Snack and Dinner for ages 8 and up and caregivers, starting April 1- April 24 from 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm at Fihankra Akoma Ntosa, 2815 Stanton Road, SE, (202) 380-9390.

Free meals at the Total Family Care Coalition (1214 I Street, SE Apt. 11) Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays starting Mar 30 - Apr 24, 8:00am - 6:30pm, Ages 18 and under

Restaurants and locations below are offering free food for children during the school closure: 

  • Po Boy Jim, 709 H Street NE
  • Good Stuff Eatery, 303 Penn Ave SE
  • We The Pizza, 305 Penn Ave SE
  • Santa Rosa, 313 Penn Ave SE
  • Ebenezers Coffee House, 201 F Street NE, 7 days per week, box lunches "to go" from 1-3 pm
  • DC Dream Center, 2909 Penn Ave SE, Monday- Friday, box lunches "to go" 12 pm - 4 pm 

HYGIENE SUPPLIES                                                            

DC Mutual Aid Network has launched a hotline for Ward 7 and Ward 8 residents who need childcare, groceries, translators, hygiene products and more. Call 202-630-0336 for assistance

The Diaper Bank will begin distributing diapers, sizes 1-6 diapers at The Commons (2375 Elvans Rd. SE WDC 20020) on Mondays and Fridays from 11-3 with proof of child’s birthdate (birth certificate, enrollment in school, immunization record, etc.) 

If you or someone you know is a service industry worker in need of meals or other hygiene supplies, email to request a delivery

FINANCIAL HELP                                                        

If you or someone you know works as a bartender, barback, or server, you can apply for financial support through the United States Bartender Guild’s National Charity Foundation

Mayor Bowser and Chief Financial Officer DeWitt Announce 2019 Tax Filings and Payment deadline extended to July 15     

Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB), with the support from Capital One Bank, has launched EmergencySavingsPlus, an emergency savings program for residents of ward 7 and ward 8. It will give residents access to matched savings incentives to establish an emergency savings account as well as receive financial education classes, credit counseling, and one-on-one financial coaching sessions. Through the end of August 2020, each program participant is incentivized to save $100 into a savings account and then they can receive a $300 match from CAAB. 

Betancourt Macias Family Emergency Fund is financial help for undocumented individuals affected by Covid-19. They need to fill out a quick survey or call the number. Funds are distributed based on donations. 

All payments on federally held student loans are allowed to be suspended through September 30, 2020, with no accrual of interest or late penalties. For more information, click here.

This Go Fund Me page is for people who may be struggling to pay their rent

The US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced yesterday, March 30th, that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. For more information visit


Residents who are unable to make utility payments can apply for utility assistance online at DOEE.  

Under the Mayor’s State of Emergency declaration, utility providers cannot shut off services to clients

Pepco is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1 and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options.

Washington Gas is waiving late fees during public health emergency.

DC Water is waiving late fees and offering more lenient repayment terms for customers who fall behind on their bills during the public health emergency.

If you need access to internet, Xfinity has opened up hot spots for free wifi access. You can read more here or check out the available hot spots.

Comcast Internet Essentials is offering two months of free internet services to families who apply by April 30, 2020. Additionally, for new and existing customers, speeds are increased at no charge. Call 1-800-934-6489

As of March 13, 2020, all T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will automatically have unlimited smartphone data through May 13 (excluding roaming).

The DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) has installed hotspots in every Ward to provide convenient, citywide Wi-Fi Internet access. Click here to find the nearest public WiFi spot to you.

HOUSING & EVICTIONS                                                 

Washington DC has suspended evictions of all tenants and foreclosed homeowners. If you are a renter and have questions during this time, you can complete this form to ask for assistance from the District's Chief Tenant Advocate.

Anyone experiencing homelessness can contact The Community Partnership at 202-399-7093.

If there is a homeless patient that does not have anywhere they can isolate you can call the DHS COVID-19 Hotline at 202-671-3076. They will be able to help set-up transportation to take the patient to the isolation site.

This Go Fund Me page is for people who may be struggling to pay their rent. 


Many groceries stores are hiring additional employees immediately. See postings from Safeway, Giant, Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Whole Foods on their websites. Pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens are also hiring additional employees to meet demand. 

You can find out more information about how to access unemployment benefits here.

DOES is open virtually. For more information about how they are operating, please click here.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has advice on how to protect yourself financially during the outbreak – available in English and Spanish.

DC has expanded the eligibility for Unemployment Insurance. If you or someone you know lost a job due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you should apply by calling 202-724-7000

PHYSICAL HEALTH                                                           

Health Link has comprehensive information about the extended benefits available during their Covid-19 outbreak (ie. most providers are waiving copays for Covid-19 testing and treatment, most providers are covering telehealth, etc.)

DC Medicaid is offering special enrollment - to apply, click here.

Walgreens and CVS are waiving costs for delivery of prescriptions. 

Community of Hope's medical clinic requests that all patients call prior to coming in. They are cancelling wellness appointments and non-urgent services, but are offering telehealth. They are accepting new patients if the patient is sick, so that everyone has access to a Primary Care Provider. 

Bread For The City's medical clinic is open for patient visits from 8:30 AM -12:00 PM.

Whitman Walker is not currently accepting walk-in appointments and have moved to telehealth services. They will evaluate patients over the phone to limit exposure to additional illness. If a patient still needs to go to a Whitman Walker location after the phone evaluation, Whitman Walker staff will coordinate with the patient. 

Unity Health is still open, but also has telehealth services available. They request that patients who have cough, fever, or shortness of breath call prior to coming.

Mary's Center is still open, but requests that patients call prior to coming in if they are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath. 

Pregnant and breastfeeding women can look at this guidance to determine how they can keep their baby and themselves safe throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH                                                            

Community of Hope's behavioral health team will be working with clients using telehealth (Zoom, FaceTime, or a phone call).

The Access Helpline (1-888-793-4357) will continue to be staffed with a mental health clinician and 24-hour suicide prevention lifeline.

ChAMPS (202-481-1440) is a mobile crisis team for children and adolescents who are having a mental health or behavioral crisis. It is operating normally.

The National Suicide Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides free and confidential support and resources for people facing distress 24/7.

The Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) (202-673-9319) is a twenty-four hour/seven day-a-week operation that provides emergency psychiatric services, mobile crisis services and extended observation beds for individuals 18 years of age and older. It is operating normally. 

DC Mutual Aid can connect residents to free mental health support through this form.

EveryMind (301-738-2255) is a Maryland-based organization that is offering free phone
and text support. 

DC Safe (first call DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC to be connected) is a crisis-intervention agency for domestic violence survivors and plans to see an uptick in abusive situations as stress mounts and partners are trapped inside. Their advocates are working remotely and are on-call 24/7. 

NA and AAgroups will be meeting virtually, so their clients can continue to receive support.

SAMHSA's 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.

If you are a caregiver or an older adult or an adult with a disability, you can receive telehealth support. For more information, click here.