It’s hard to overstate the impacts of the novel coronavirus on American life. Lots of people are hurting. Lots of people need help. But it’s often hard to know just where to find that help — or even what’s available.
So, after listing ways you can help others during the pandemic, we decided to compile this guide to finding help for yourself.
This article will be updated.
- Apply to The Emergency Food Assistance Program if you’re out of work or have lost hours or income due to the pandemic.
- Pick up free prepared meals every day from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fishes and Loaves Cooperative Ministries (131 E. Elizabeth Street).
- Get grab-and-go meals for school kids at multiple city recreation centers and Salvation Army sites around Pittsburgh.
- The Warren Bar and Burrow and Penn Cove Eatery Downtown are offering meals to service industry workers who’ve lost work due to coronavirus.
- Need formula and food for your family? The Urban League of Pittsburgh can help. Call 886-395-3663.
- Pregnant women, dependent children and caregivers can get help through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
- Seniors registered with the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging program can get free take-out meals at one of six City Healthy Active Living (Senior) Centers between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- A map of free food distribution sites across Allegheny County is now available. Many of the sites have eligibility requirements, so call ahead to confirm you’re eligible.
- Call the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania at 2-1-1 for help finding food, housing or financial assistance.
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