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16 March 2020

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Covid-19 Information & Resources

We wanted to put information and resources together for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Please email us at info@libertyskitchen.org if you have any other resources that would be helpful for our community to have access to. Thank you!

 

Information on Covid-19

 

Resources

Delivery Resources

Where to get Food

  • TheSalvation Army: 1000 food boxes from Midwest Food Bank will be distributed at a drive-thru food pantry in front of the Center of Hope on Tuesday, April 12 from 9am-12pm. Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyGNO/
  • Broadmoor Food Pantry:  The Broadmoor Food Pantry remains open for distribution on Mondays from 10am–12 pm and Wednesdays from 1–3 pm. Delivery is available for those who are homebound and we are practicing social distancing.
  • Find out where free meals for school-aged children and teens are being offered throughout the state. These locations are offering school-aged children and teens meals, snacks, and supplies. Hours vary by parish and by the school. Students need not attend the school listed to receive food. VISIT http://www.nolafoodpolicy.org/news/48/43/School-Meals-During-COVID-19-Closures
  • NOLA Public Schools has a list of sites where kids 0-18 can pick up free meals
  • Crescentcity.com: Are you a member of New Orleans’ LGBTQ community and/or the service industry? Are you out of work? Let us help with free meal assistance. Visit this link to register: https://www.crescentcity.com/get-meal-assistance/
  • Top Box Louisiana: Place your order to drive-thru pickup your grocery boxes at topboxfoods.com
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: https://no-hunger.org/covid-19/
    • Residents can also call 2-1-1 and ask about “emergency food assistance” to receive more information, find out where a food pantry may be located in their community, and sign up for services.
  • Nola Tree Project Meal Distribution
    • Starting March 17th, from 3-5pm, going from Monday to Friday, NOLA Tree Project will be distributing free hot meals from Second Harvest.
    • Meal Pick Up Location:  Nola Tree Project Headquarters – 1509 Filmore Ave, New Orleans.  If you are an elderly resident or homebound and in need delivery, please contact Connie Udo at connie@nolatreeproject.org.
  • Industry Family Meals: $4 per person from SofiaNOLA:
    Visit this link for more informaiton https://www.instagram.com/p/B92DQl1Fzq7/
  • Toups Meatery | Family meal at 3pm everyday
  • Blue Oak BBQ | Free drive-thu bag lunch on Saturdays
  • Culture Aid NOLA | Free prepared, packaged, and delivered meals
  • Palm & Pine | Free meals for service industry, musicians, artists & performers on Mondays 2-5pm
  • Pernod Ricard USA | Staff meal on Fridays
  • Hispanic Apostolate Pastoral Services

 

Seeing a Doctor

  • For info about going to the doctor visit www.504healthnet.org  where you can find a list of clinics by neighborhood that all accept Medicaid. Call and schedule an appointment before going to the doctor’s office.
  • Louisiana 211 is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Health to ensure citizens can access current information for Coronavirus (COVIDー19). Dial 211, text LACOVID to 898-211, or visit https://www.louisiana211.org/ to learn more.
  • Louisiana Office of Public Health- Questions about the coronavirus? Contact them @ 1 (855) 523-2652 they’re open 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 Monday thru Friday
  • NOAGE (New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders) has volunteers available to run errands and to do wellness check-ins. People in need of these services can call Jim Meadows, Executive Director, 504 517 2345.

 

Questions about Unemployment Benefits

  • Unemployment Insurance, Utilities, Mental Health:
  • Disaster Assistance SNAP www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/cafe *At this time, the state has not released Snap benefits for those impacted by disaster. However, this link is a registration that puts you in the system and clears you as eligible for when they do release benefits for those impacted by coronavirus
  • Catholic Charities
    • Helping people who are calling their line for SNAP assistance – have done 150 of those in the last few weeks. Same with medicaid! Call (504) 861-6360 or (504) 605- 9248 for SNAP and Medicaid Assistance. Internally building out the disaster case management model online.
  • Workers
    • The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has released information for workers in Louisiana who have been impacted by COVID-19.Those who are eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits will also qualify for SNAP benefits.As a worker, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance if:
      • Your work hours have been reduced because of lack of work due to Coronavirus.
      • Your workplace closes temporarily, and you are not being compensated.
      • You have been instructed not to go to work, and you are not being paid while at home.

      If any of these situations apply to you, you can file a claim for unemployment insurance by visiting www.louisianaworks.net/hire or calling 866-783-5567. Be sure to answer “yes” to the question, “Are you filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits for reasons related to COVID-19 ?” This will provide needed information to the LWC to help process your claim.

  •  Employers
    • If you are temporarily closing or reducing your hours of operations due to COVID-19, please contact the LWC to discuss how they can provide assistance and answer your questions about unemployment insurance and other programs and resources available. Contact LWC at EmployerServices@lwc.la.gov with your unemployment insurance questions. Be sure to provide your company’s name, a point of contact, telephone number and email address, as well as specifics on the assistance you are requesting. The Employer Call Center, 225-326-6999, is also available.
  •  Small Business Administration
    • The City has requested an Economic Injury Disaster declaration from the SBA.  Once declared, all eligible businesses will be able to apply to the Small Business Administration.  Loans come with lower rates of interest and are available up to $2M and can be used to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the impact of COVID-19.Once the declaration has been made, call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

 

Education Resources

  • Important update from NOLA Public Schools regarding early childhood education (6 weeks to 4 year olds) applications for next year, check this website for full details: https://enrollnola.org/apply-for-next-year/
  • OneApp applications for early childhood placements for the 2020-2021 school year are still due on March 27th. All Family Resource Centers will remain closed until April 14th. Therefor verification documents will have an extended deadline. Staff are working remotely during normal business hours and can be reached at 1-877-343-4773 or via email at Oneapp@NOLAPublicSchools.com.

 

Legal Assistance, Housing, Utilities Resources

  • NOLA Ready, City of New Orleans: ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/resources/
  • Cox is offering free internet for the first month, $9.95 a month after that: Visit https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html for more information.
  • Residential Evictions Suspended. First and Second City Court have suspended all residential evictions until April 24, 2020, with further orders to follow. This is court order signed by chief Judge of Civil District Court Christopher J. Bruno.
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
    • The Mayor’s Office of Community Development has partnered with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Total Community Action and New Orleans Family Justice Alliance to provide immediate financial and legal assistance for homelessness prevention which includes rental assistance and foreclosure mitigation. Inquiries should be made to the Office of Community Development at (504) 658-4200.
    • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provides free, civil legal aid to low-income people. They can provide legal assistance for landlord-tenant issues and much more. Go to slls.org or call (504) 529-1000 to receive more information.
    • BEGINNING ON MARCH 16, 2020, the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans (MTCNO) will be closed and will:
      • Suspend the requirement to report to MTCNO on any matter pending for 45 days or until further notice.
      • Reset all trials and hearings for 45 days or until further notice, all defendants will receive new notices via U.S. Mail.
      • The court will continue to conduct first appearances for all inmates via video conferencing relative to probable cause determinations, bail settings and other first appearance settings.
      • Continue the Web and Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) capabilities.  Payments can be made by visiting our website at www.nola.gov/traffic-court/or by calling 504-658-8500.
      • Not issue any attachments or suspend driver’s licenses for matters set during the next 45 days.
  •  Sewerage and Water Board
    • It is important that residents and businesses in New Orleans have access to running water and electricity during this emergency. The Sewerage and Water Board (SWBNO) suspended water service shut-offs on March 12, and will adhere to this policy change for the duration of the Mayor’s Declared Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SWBNO will also work to restore water service to those customers who have been disconnected.
  •  Entergy
    • For the next 30 days, Entergy will halt customer disconnections if nonpayment is the result of the coronavirus. Customers can call 800-368-3749 or visit entergy-neworleans.com for more information.
  • Internet & Cellular Service
    • Cox Communications – will not terminate service to residences or small businesses that are unable to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. For those affected, Cox will waive late fees as well. If you need to speak to a representative, please call 1-(800) 234-3993.
    • Verizon – will waive late fees for residential or small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus. In addition, the company will not terminate service to any resident or small business. For more information contact 1-(800) 922-0204.
    • AT&T – 1-(800) 331-0500
    • Sprint – 1-(888) 211-4727
    • T-Mobile – 1-(877) 453-1304. This includes no shutoffs, no late fees, and making wi-fi hotspots available to anyone who needs them.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Crescent Care
    • Delivering daily meals to clients in need! On Tuesday they deliver home delivered meals and pantry items. Doing deliveries daily. Very much in need of 7-8 volunteers drivers to deliver across the city! Serving 300+ people. If you can help with providing volunteers, please email: Doreen.Tollerson@crescentcare.org
  • Volunteer for GNO Caring Collective. A 24-hour hotline at (504) 233-8707 that provides free delivery services of groceries, supplies, school meals and laundry to the community!
  • Familias Unidas en Action, BanchaLenguas Language Justice Collective, and Cooperation New Orleans
    • We have been collectively building the cooperative ecosystem in New Orleans since the summer of 2019. Since early March, we have expanded our solidarity efforts to support Familias Unidas en Accion, a New Orleans- based group of immigrant families, during the Covid-19 pandemic. We need your help to support families, especially those with young children, who are in need of food and economic aid. Currently we are serving 30 families. We are part of a growing movement of love, solidarity, and mutual aid in our city. Our actions today will help us build toward a local economy rooted in solidarity, cooperation, and human need: an economy for people over profit.
    • Your donations will help ensure that New Orleans’ immigrant community has food and secure housing. This is a quickly evolving situation and we will be sending out regular updates as the needs change. https://www.gofundme.com/f/vwss5-united-for-familias-unidas https://www.facebook.com/events/2855631034523640/
  • Together New Orleans
    • SIGN UP TO JOIN TOGETHER LOUISIANA’S RAPID RESPONSE TEAM Together Louisiana has formed a Rapid Response Team of citizens working (mostly from their homes) to
      • FIGHT ISOLATION by strengthening connections between people who want to make a difference
      • TRAIN PEOPLE in the online communication tools that are the gateways to community and public life during this crisis
      • ORGANIZE CONVERSATIONS by the thousands to hear directly about pressures people are experiencing and invite them to help address them and
      • TAKE ACTION on issues we can impact now
    • If you want to take part in that work, you can sign up here.
  • Culture Aid Nola
  • Hands On and United Way
  • HOPE The Food Pantry
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
    • Sort food, prepare meals for children and senior’s, and help in other areas. Learn more at: https://no-hunger.org/
  • UNITY of Greater New Orleans