COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES

***all updates below are as of April 2, 2020, 3:00 PM

GENERAL

  • call 2-1-1 or visit nc211.org

 

CITY/COUNTY/STATE/FEDERAL BENEFITS & RESOURCES

SNAP:  If you already receive help buying food through Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) , the NC Department of Health and Human Services has received permission to enhance your benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. All families that receive FNS will receive the maximum amount allowed for March 2020 and April 2020 for their household size. For more details visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/fns.

Executive Order 124 (March 31) prohibits utilities - including electric, gas, water and wastewater services - from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic and prohibits them from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payment. The order applies for the next 60 days and gives residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills.

IRS

  • Tax Deadline Changed: The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Economic Impact Payments: The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Please do not call the IRS about this. When more specific details become available, we will update this page (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus).

 

City of Rocky Mount: The City Council voted on Thursday to temporarily keep the municipality from disconnecting utility services due to nonpayment of bills. Customers are still encouraged to make payments if they can.

 

FEEDING PROGRAMS
 

NRMPS  NRMPS will provide free breakfast and lunch for all children 18 and under while schools are closed.

  • Visit them Monday thru Friday between 10:30am – 1:30pm at the following sites:
    • Bailey Elementary
    • Baskerville Elementary
    • Benvenue Elementary
    • Cedar Grove Elementary
    • Hubbard Elementary
    • Spring Hope Elementary
    • Swift Creek Elementary
    • Williford Elementary
    • Winstead Avenue Elementary
    • Nash Central Middle School,
    • Rocky Mount Middle School
    • Southern Nash High School
    • Johnson Elementary
    • Middlesex Elementary
    • Red Oak Middle
  • Drive thru and pick up to go meals only
  • For more information, visit nrms.k12.nc.us or call NRMS School Nutrition Services at 252-462-2491.
 

United Community Ministries: Lunch to-go for anyone who comes from 11:00-11:30am. Located at 341 McDonald St. in Rocky Mount.

Edgecombe County Public Schools: We will begin delivering breakfast and lunch for students along our regular bus routes on Wednesday, March 18th. Buses will begin their breakfast delivery routes at approximately 8:00 a.m. Lunch routes will begin at 11:30 a.m. It is difficult to estimate what time the bus will be at your stop. We encourage parents and students to watch for their bus. We ask parents to please be patient as we work on making this process as efficient as possible. In addition, students may pick up meals from the bus parking lot at all of our schools, except Edgecombe Early College. Meals will be available for students to pick up between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for lunch.

The REACH Center:

  • We are partnering with other organizations to deliver bags of food to those over 65 in need. Call our office at 252-937-2942

  • Panera Bread partners with them to help feed the community! Various breads and bakery goods are distributed each Thursday between 12PM-4PM at The REACH Center. Supplies and amount vary weekly. You do not need an appointment. 

  • The food pantry is open on Thursdays.

Tarboro Community Outreach

  • Food Pantry; provides canned goods and perishable foods to those who are experiencing hunger.

  • Soup Kitchen; serves a hot, cooked meal to anyone who is hungry.

  • Serves Edgecombe County.

A Touch of the Father’s Love: currently using a drive up distribution process beginning at 9:00am. This occurs on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

No Kid Hungry North Carolina: Meals During COVID-19 School Closures in North Carolina (http://nokidhungrync.org/covid19/)
 

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church: provide food 9:30am-12:00pm on Wednesdays. Call on Monday to put your name on the list.

Faith Christian Ministries: Provides food for qualified individuals and families. Written referral required. Serves Nash County. Call in advance (252-459-7977). 

Greater Joy Baptist Church: 

  • Free meal giveaway at 820 Nashville Rd. Rocky Mount Monday - Friday at 12:30pm while supplies last. Drive thru pick-up only. Open to everyone.
  • provide a food box every 2nd and 4th Monday morning

Kelly’s Community Pantry: 306 E. Church St. Tarboro. Anybody can come get what they need at any time. Toiletries, can foods, water, socks, diapers, wipes, etc. 

Food and Nutrition and Medicaid

  • For your convenience please note that the following websites can be utilized to submit online Food and Nutrition and Medicaid applications:
    • www.epass.nc.gov

    • www.ncdhhs.gov

    • Customers may fax completed applications or other information regarding Food and Nutrition Services and Medicaid to 252-459-1373.

Rocky Mount Prep:

  • Providing food services beginning on Monday, March 23rd. Rocky Mount Prep will be serving breakfast and lunch meals to individuals the age of 18 and under at no cost. Breakfast for the following day will be delivered with the lunch meal. Families can receive meals at the bus stops listed below. A bus will be parked at that location during the indicated time frame.
    • Boone St. @ Sled Ct.                       10:50am-11:10am
    • Hazelwood Dr. @ Waltrip St.        11:15am-11:35am
    • Edwards St. @ Burton St.               11:40am-12:00pm
    • Stokes St. @ Hunter St.                  10:45am-11:05am
    • Stokes St. @ Humphrey Dr.           11:10am-11:30am
    • Cokey Rd. @ Parrish Ct.                 10:50am-11:10am
    • Dreaver St. @ Lynne Ave.              11:20am-11:40am
  • Access the Continued Learning Packet Form at: http://ow.ly/UtsG50yRyBw
  • Access the Technology Needs Assessment Survey at: http://ow.ly/nXc150yRyBv
  • Access Food Service Bus Routes and Online Continued Learning Resources at: https://sites.google.com/rmprep.org/rmpcontinuedlearningresources/food-services

 

 

Impact Church: They have a food pantry at the church (canned food). They are open Tuesday - Friday 9:00am-4:00pm. Call 252-291-1573 to make an appointment. 3338 Corbett Ave. Elm City, NC 27822

Text for Food: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that parents who need food help can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The service, which is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877, will allow parents to enter their address, then receive a text with the location and serving times for nearby pick-up free meal sites. The sites are set up for children ages 18 and younger, including pre-school kids, who rely on free and reduced-price meals at school.

The Salvation Army: Food Truck every 2nd Monday of the month is open to the general public. Call 252-446-4496 to get information.

Kidz Meal Bagz is a program providing free meals to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals will be available all day starting Thursday, April 2nd and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink. Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program should go to participating Sheetz locations (found below) and ask an employee at the register for a meal. Families will be offered one bag per child. Meals will be available daily while supplies last.

  • 1690 BENVENUE ROAD, ROCKY MOUNT, NC
  • 157 NORTH OLD CARRIAGE ROAD, ROCKY MOUNT, NC
 

EDUCATION

Edgecombe County Public Schools

  • Remote learning options began on Monday, March 23rd. For details and resources, visit https://sites.google.com/ecps.us/icp-resources/home.

  • Technology Support

    • Staff, Parents, & Students – Call 252-641-2677 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm beginning Monday, March 23rd. If no answer, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is committed to providing instruction to our students during these unusual circumstances.  This site (https://sites.google.com/nrms.k12.nc.us/remotelearninginnrmps/home) contains instructions on what is being provided, how you can access it, and the expectations for students and staff related to remote learning.
 

  • Peacemakers: Beginning Tuesday, March 24, Peacemakers will begin offering one-on-one tutoring to elementary school students through a one-hour appointment-only system, between the hours of 9:00am - 12:00pm. In order to accomplish this safely, we will serve a maximum of 5 children at one time. Each child will be placed in a separate classroom. Temperatures will be checked upon building entry, and hand washing will be required. Social distancing will be observed as much as possible, and volunteer tutors will wear latex gloves. Computers and Wi-Fi are available. Parents wishing to schedule a tutoring appointment for their child may call 252-212-5044.
     
  • FREE INTERNET

     
    • AT&T: For the next 60 days, AT&T will not terminate service for any wireless, home phone, or broadband residential or small bus customer due to the inability to pay. They will also do the following:
      • Waive late payment fees.
      • Keep their public Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone who needs them.
      • The service will also be offering unlimited internet data and offer internet access for limited-income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.
    • Comcast Xfinity: The company is opening its Xfinity WiFi network for free along with providing unlimited data. To help people stay connected with school and work, Comcast is opening up their Xfinity WiFi network for everyone, as well as:
      • Hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-subscribers. You can find a map of hot spots at https://wifi.xfinity.com/. Just use “xfinitywifi” network name and launch a browser.
      • Data plans will be paused for 60 days, which will give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
      • No late disconnects or late fees for those who contact the company about not being able to pay their bill.
      • Internet Essentials, their broadband adoption program, is free to new customers
      • For more information visit https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19.
    • Verizon Free WiFi: Verizon also took the pledge and is offering similar services:
      • The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
      • Waiving late fees for those impacted by COVID-19
      • Tripling data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools
      • For more information, https://www.verizon.com/about/news/update-verizon-serve-customers-covid-19.
    • Charter/Spectrum Free WiFi: Charter is offering similar services during the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 16, the company will offer:
    • Sprint: Sprint has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and is opening up their network to their customers and:
      • Won’t terminate service if customers are unable to pay due to coronavirus issues
      • Waive late fees caused by economic disturbances related to the coronavirus pandemic
      • By 3/17: Customers with international long-distance plans will get complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.
      • By 3/19: Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost
      • Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days.
      • Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost.
      • For more information, click https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm?linkId=84300271.
    • T-Mobile: The wireless provider already has a majority of customers with unlimited talk, text, and data, but they’re doubling down on their effort to keep their customers connected.
      • All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.
      • T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days. The company says this feature will be coming soon.
      • Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months
      • Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant
      • For more information, https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response.
    • Suddenlink: In response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, Altice USA(Suddenlink) is offering free 30 Mbps broadband internet for 60 days to any new customer household within their service areas with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access. Eligible households interested in this solution can call 888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region. Suddenlink will also be joining the Keep Americans Connected Pledge which means for the next 60 days they will:
      • not terminate broadband and voice service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
      • waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
      • open their WiFi hotspots to any American who needs them.

CHILD CARE

  • Down East Partnership for Children: To see a list of child care closings related to COVID-19, please visit https://depc.org/covid-19-family-resources/.

  • YMCA: Starting Wednesday, March 25th, the Y will be offering all-day child care from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm for Emergency Care and Essential Workers. Breakfast, Lunch, and a Snack will be provided each day in addition to school work help and other engaging activities. We are offering this care for a daily fee of only $35.00 or a weekly fee of $135.00. Participants can register by calling 252-972-9622 to speak with a front desk representative or online at https://www.harrisonfamilyy.org/ourprograms/and-after-school-care.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The REACH Center: The REACH Center will be providing assistance to hospitality workers who have been impacted by COVID-19 by lost shifts or employment changes that will focus on financial support in key areas like: Food, Rent, Medicines and Utilities. 



UNEMPLOYMENT

US Department of Labor: The federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to COVID-19.

  • Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order on 3/17/2020 on changes to unemployment benefits.

  • Removes the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits for those workers who lose their jobs.

  • Removes the requirement that a person must look for another job during this time when so many potential employers are closed and social distancing guidelines are in effect.

  • Allows employees who lose their jobs or, in certain cases have their hours reduced due to COVID-19 issues, to apply for unemployment benefits.

  • Permits applicants to apply for benefits remotely, including by phone or online (www.des.nc.gov).

  • Directs that employers will not be held responsible for benefits paid as a direct result of these COVID-19 claims.

North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Program
 

  • After filing a claim, it will take about 14 days to receive first payment. The additional $600 in federal benefits will be for weeks ending April 4 – July 31. DES is awaiting guidance for issuing those payments. Benefits owed will be paid retroactively.

  • Our customer call center is experiencing high call volume. The fastest and most efficient way to file a claim is online. Create an account, file a claim and get the latest information here: https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-nc-unemployment-insurance-information.

 



OTHER

Peacemakers 

  • Online Parent Support Group, staffed by teachers and mental health professionals, Monday - Thursday nights from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Anyone can access the links through our Facebook page.

  • Daily "Read-Aloud" video stories on YouTube and Facebook for students.

  • Periodic video workshops for parents and exercise videos for kids. These will be posted on YouTube, Facebook, and our website.
     

Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline: If you need someone to talk to, the Salvation Army has a hotline set up. Call 844-458-HOPE (4673) 9am-9pm EDT 7 days a week.