Important Information and Resources for Help During COVID-19

New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Beneficiaries from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul

https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#4-2020-2

4-20-20 Phone Call: This is an important message from Franklin County Housing Authority to our residents and participants regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. Our office is not open to visitors at this time. Drop off payments and paperwork in the drop box in the lobby. Please call the office to ask questions about your rent, or report a problem. Income changes need to be put in writing in an email to your management aide or property manager, or placed in the drop box. We are only doing emergency work orders at this time. We are only doing initial home inspections. We have closed community spaces and postponed events.  Please stay home and stay safe. This type of phone call is for information only.

 

CORONAVIRUS STEPS IMPLEMENTED BY FCHA

  • Offices are not open for visitors at the front desk at this time. Please use the white payment drop box located inside for payments. In our effort to limit the spread of virus, please call the office. Continue to contact us to report income changes, ask questions about your rent, or report a problem. (Please note that your obligations under your lease or voucher remain unchanged.)  You may be asked to mail, fax or email documents for later validation so that we can continue to perform our necessary work to meet your housing needs.  Resident service staff will talk with you by telephone instead of visiting your home.  
  • All non-emergency Public Housing inspections will be postponed until further notice. Emergency inspections may still be conducted by Property Maintenance and in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
  • Effective immediately and until further notice, FCHA will only be conducting emergency service repairs.  Residents with emergency maintenance work orders should continue to report it the office.
  • We have closed some community spaces and postponed events, because experts are discouraging meetings and gatherings.

 

In order to provide necessary food items to our residents, Fresh Express on Tuesday, May 26. 2020 will be held as scheduled. 

 

CHAMBERSBURG FRESH EXPRESS PRECAUTIONARY MEASUREMENTS FOR MAY 26, 2020

  • Start time will be approximately 9 AM at the Community Center at 440 W. Washington St.
  • No one can access the area before this time nor can tenants line up or stand in groups.
  • You MUST wear a mask for the entire duration that you are waiting in line until exiting line.
  • Please utilize the markers on the ground for social distance from the person next to you in line as this is the recommended distance from the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Limit physical contact with others.
  • If you see more than 5 people in line, please wait in your car or away from the line until those 5 people are served, then you can join the line. Please keep in mind distribution of food is the same regardless if you are served first or last.
  • FCHA staff will be wearing gloves during this distribution and will pre-box/bag all food items. These boxes tend to be heavy; please make arrangements to carry your food home or to your car. FCHA will not be able to assist in getting the items to your home/car. 
  • Lysol spray, hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes will be present to aid staff in safe distribution.
  • An FCHA representative will be signing everyone in to limit the touching of writing instruments.
  • If you do not wear a mask, follow social distancing and the 5 per group recommendations, you will not be served. Further noncompliance will result in the event ending immediately.

 

WAYNESBORO FRESH EXPRESS PRECAUTIONARY MEASUREMENTS FOR MAY 26, 2020

  • Start time will be approximately 11 AM behind the 202 Elder Avenue office.
  • No one can access the area before this time nor can tenants line up or stand in groups.
  • You MUST wear a mask for the entire duration that you are waiting in line until exiting line.
  • Please utilize the markers on the ground for social distance from the person next to you in line as this is the recommended distance from the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Limit physical contact with others.
  • If you see more than 5 people in line, please wait in your car or away from the line until those 5 people are served, then you can join the line. Please keep in mind distribution of food is the same regardless if you are served first or last.
  • FCHA staff will be wearing gloves during this distribution and will pre-box/bag all food items. These boxes tend to be heavy; please make arrangements to carry your food home or to your car. FCHA will not be able to assist in getting the items to your home/car. 
  • Lysol spray, hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes will be present to aid staff in safe distribution.
  • An FCHA representative will be signing everyone in to limit the touching of writing instruments.
  • If you do not wear a mask, follow social distancing and the 5 per group recommendations, you will not be served. Further noncompliance will result in the event ending immediately.

 

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Program Updates/Other Important Information                                                                   

Chambersburg Cares        

https://www.facebook.com/chambersburgcares/

Economic Impact Payment Information Center

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center 

Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Beneficiaries

https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#4-2020-2 

Learn how to file for Unemployment Benefits 

https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/UnemploymentBenefits/find-unemployment-benefits.aspx?newsearch=true 

Credit Card Relief 

https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/credit-cards/articles/coronavirus-credit-card-relief 

Student Loan Forbearance Information

https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus 

Free & Low Cost Internet Plans

https://www.digitalinclusion.org/free-low-cost-internet-plans 

Businesses Offering Reunds

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/these-businesses-are-refunding-customers-amid-coronavirus-194654373.html 

BOPiC’s Annual Summer Education Enrichment Program canceled this summer, more info to come

https://www.facebook.com/BOPICinc/posts/2866741666751846?__tn__=-R 

First Start Partnerships Accepting Applications still for Head Start until April 30th

https://firststartpartnerships.org/how-to-apply/apply-online/ 


 

Popular Resources

211 - Need help with basic needs as a result of the #COVID19 crisis? Text your zip code to 898-211 to connect with a live resource specialist. Tell us what you need help with, and we'll text you resources in your area that might be able to help.

http://www.pa211.communityos.org

Franklin County Information & Referral Help Guides

Keystone Health Community Resource Guide

SCAAP – South Central Community Action Program Services

United Way of Franklin County

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Women in Need - Hotline: 717-264-4444

Pennsylvania Career Link

Covid-19 Waivers & Flexibilities for Food Programs

Chambersburg Borough | Waynesboro Borough

Greencastle Borough | Shippensburg Borough

SNAP Benefits

Apply at 620 Norland Ave Chambersburg or Online at

https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/Apply-for-Benefits.aspx 

Unemployment Benefits

http://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/UCGuide/Pages/default.aspx 

If you are experiencing symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath), please call 1-877-PA-HEALTH
or 1-877-724-3258. Click here for more information about COVID-19.

 

 

Food Resources

Food Resources

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – Find a Food Pantry 

Franklin County, PA Food Resources Nutrition Map

Franklin County Daily Meal Assistance List

Emergency Food Providers List

Chambersburg Blessing Box

Mercersburg Blessing Box

Salvation Army

159 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg

Sun, Wed, Fri from 11 AM – 12 PM

St. Seraphim Orthodox 

148 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg

Thurs, Sat from 10 AM – 1 PM

Maranatha Faith Feed

195 W Loudon St, Chambersburg

Friday from 1 PM – 7 PM

Trinity Episcopal 

58 S 2nd St, Chambersburg

Thurs from 7-8:30 AM breakfast

First United Methodist

225 S 2nd St, Chambersburg

Thurs from 5-6 PM

Chambersburg COB

240 S 4th St, Chambersburg

1st Wed at 5:30 PM

Dara & Jack’s

464 Hollywell Ave, Chambersburg

Wed from 4:30-6:30 PM

Marion First United Methodist Church 

Pulled Pork Drive Thru

  • Tuesday, April 14th 5:30-7:00pm

  • 94 Colorado St, Marion

Brothers Pizza Greencastle

Giving away milk, OJ, bread, and oranges to families 

in need while supplies lasts

 

  • 50 Pine Drive, Greencastle, PA

SCAAP Pantry/Produce

533 S Main St, Chambersburg

Mon, Wed, Thurs from 9 AM – 12 PM, 1 PM – 3 PM

Corpus Christi

St Vincent De Paul, 320 Philadelphia Ave, Chambersburg

Mon, Tues, Fri from 9 AM - 12 PM

Christian Life

Bountiful Blessings, 1400 Warm Spring, Chambersburg

Thurs from 9 AM – 12 PM

First United Methodist 

Hungry Hearts, 225 S 2nd St, Chambersburg

Thurs from 9 AM – 1 PM

St James AME

Bountiful Blessings, 510 S Main St, Chambersburg

1st & 3rd Thurs from 4-6 PM

Maranatha 

195 W Loudon St, Chambersburg

1st 2nd 3rd Tues, Thurs from 8 – 10:30 AM

Central Presbyterian

Diaper Depot, 40 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg

Falling Spring Presbyterian

221 N Main St, Chambersburg
2x a month, call 717 264 5715

Saint Paul United Methodist 

750 Norland Ave, Chambersburg

1x a month, call 717 267 3085

Shippensburg Community Meals

All meals are grab n go 

  • Mondays 5-6:30 PM: The Harbor, 55 W King St. Please use side entrance by the Library parking lot

  • Wednesdays 5-6:30 PM: Oasis of Love Church, 303. S Washington Street. Pick up at the rear of the building.  If you can help by bringing a dessert, please drop off no later than 4 PM on Wednesdays

Questions: 717-532-5112

  • Fridays 4-5:30 PM: Kitchen of Grace, 5 N. Prince St.

  • April 2, Thursday at 5:30 PM: Prince Street Brethren Church, 20 N. Prince Street

Starting April 4th at 9:15-10 AM: Saturday breakfast at 

Christ United Methodist Church

Shippensburg Area Food Resources - ShipSaves.com

Call directly with any questions.

  • SASD Meals: Grab-n-Go bags with breakfast and lunch are served Monday-Friday at Sr. High School and James Burd Elementary from 8-11 AM

  • Shippensburg Produce and Outreach: Tuesdays from 4-6 pm. They are packing boxes and people can pick them up outside. Also accepting new intakes.

    • Diaper Bank will be held on 4/7

  • Bakery Items at Oasis of Love Church on Thursdays from 11 AM-12 PM, 303. S Washington Street. 

Pick up at the rear of the building.

  • King's Kettle: Emergency Food Boxes and regular distribution. Contact JR at jrwells55@yahoo.com

  • Senior Center Meals (Grab-n-Go) and Meals on Wheels are still operating. Questions, contact Diana Nazario at diana.nazario@mennohaven.org

Hound Packs: If you know of a family with children that could use weekend meals for their children, please contact 

Sonja at sp-scrc@shipresources.org

Community Gardens

Network: Redwood/Buchanan St, Chambersburg 

Plant your own plot

Gleaning Project

Stand at 533 S Main St, Chambersburg
July-Nov, Mon Wed Thurs from 9 AM – 3 PM

North Square 

Farmer’s Market 50 N Main St, Chambersburg

May-Oct, Sat from 8 AM – 12 PM

 

Daily List of Meals for Kids 

Vist Here for more information

Chambersburg Area School District

Starting on Monday 3/30, CASD will be distributing only one day a week of 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches.

  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.: Franklin County Housing Authority parking lot (440 W Washington St)

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m: Mike Waters Park (S Second St)

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m: Benjamin Chambers Elementary School (482 N Franklin St)

Waynesboro Area School District

Free grab & go lunch and breakfast for each child present

  • 11:30am-1:00pm Monday, Wednesday (receive two meals), Friday (receive one meal)

  • Fairview Elementary, Mowrey Elementary, Summitview Elementary. Follow signs upon arrival.

Tuscarora Area School District

Meals will be served at St. Thomas and Mercersburg. All meals are grab and go, kids 18 and under will eat for free. Adults will be charged $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch. 

  • Breakfast 8:30-9:30 AM and Lunch 11:30-1:00 PM

Greencastle Area School District

Drive through bagged lunches will be provided on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for children and teens aged 1-18. Children/ Teens must be in the vehicle to receive lunch. 

  • 11:30am -1:00pm on MWF

    • 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches will be provided on Monday & Wednesday, 1 breakfast & lunch on Fridays

  • Antrim Township Building Parking Lot

10655 Antrim Church Road

Sheetz

Starting April 2nd, Sheetz will be offering a free bagged lunch to children in the community. Participating Sheetz:

  • 1315 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg 

  • 5346 Greenvillage Road, Chambersburg

  • 13030 Washington Township Blvd, Waynesboro

Roy Pitz Beer Stube

Bagged lunch to school aged children while supplies last

  • Tuesday - Friday. 11:30-1:00pm

  • 140 N 3rd Street, Chambersburg, PA

  • To support their effort, consider making a monetary donation via paypal

Alfredo’s Pizza

2 slices of pizza and a beverage 

  • Monday- Friday 11:00am-2:00pm

  • 397 Baltimore Road, Shippensburg

Pizza Man

Two slices of pizza and a drink free to any school-aged child in need

  • Monday- Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (closed on Tuesday’s)

  • 201 N Seneca St, Shippensburg, PA 17257

Also offering free pizza for families in need (for a limited time). Just mention that you saw this Facebook post.

Caretti’s Pizza

Pizza for school kids, must show school ID

  • 11:30am-12:30pm

  • 1710 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA

Romeo’s Cafe

- Pizza and a beverage 

  • 11:00am-2:00pm 

  • 66 Church Street, Mercersburg 

Italian Village Restaurant

Cheese Pizza or Kid’s Pasta for Greene Township Elementary students 

  • Monday - Friday 11:00am-2:00pm

  • 5267 Philadelphia Ave, Chambersburg 

Pat & Carla’s II

Slice of cheese pizza or a Bambino and a juice box to St. Thomas Elementary students in cooperation with Sites Garage.

  • Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3218 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, PA

Meyers Bus Lines

100 meals donated daily to the YMCA parking lot for school aged children. Sponsored by Veroni Cafe and Historic Texas Lunch

  • 4:30pm 

  • 570 Mckinley Street, Chambersburg. 

King Street Church

Partnering with Chick-fil-A to offer a hot meal to students who qualify for free/reduced lunches. 

  • 11:30am-1:00pm

  • 162 E King Street, Chambersburg

Heck Myers LLC

Free bagged lunches for any child 18yrs or younger. First come, first serve. 

  • 12:00-1:00pm

  • At Hamilton Heights Elementary, Fayetteville Elementary, New Franklin Elementary, and South Hamilton Elementary

 

School and Leisure Resources

Scholastic 

Scholastic set up a ‘Learn From Home’ website with four categories: PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+.

Each section is already equipped with one week of content for students with 15 additional days.

  • Each day of content is filled with exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. The students can even go on virtual field trips or meet best-selling authors.

  • The website provides up to three hours’ worth of content each day and can be completed on any device.

Children’s Museums

https://childrensmuseums.blog/2020/03/24/virtual-activities-for-families/ 

Zoo America 

Virtual Zoo Visits https://www.facebook.com/ZooAmerica 

Switcheroo Zoo

Learn about amazing animals - www.switcheroozoo.com 

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

Facebook Live Streams

https://www.facebook.com/events/2915534028492292/?event_time_id=2915534101825618 

Explore.org Live Nature Cams

https://www.youtube.com/c/ExploreLiveNatureCams 

Monteray Bay Acquarium

Live Underwater Videos - 

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams 

Nat Geo for Kids

Learn about geography & animals - www.kids.nationalgeogrpahic.com 

Into the Book

Practice reading strategies - www.readin.ecb.org

Seussville

Hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends www.seussville.com 

ABC YA

Practice math and reading www.abcya.com 

Fun Brain

Play games while practicing math and reading www.funbrain.com

PBS Kids

Learn while hanging out with your favorite characters - www.pbskids.org 

Star Fall

Practice phonics skills with these read along stories www.starfall.com 

Storyline Online

Stories read by movie stars www.storylineonline.net 

Highlights Kids

Read, play games and conduct science experiments www.highlightskids.com 

Learn in Color

Math, social studies, science and more www.learnincolor.com 

Free Subscriptions

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR0ZongZC-v_XIENZABSbzDo7ZDUTucIG4cWImPlYLYA_Xqdr6-j3FqY02s 

Penn State Free Courses

Penn State Free Courses

Local Libraries

Offering curb side pick-up and ebooks – call for more details

 

Other Resources

Comcast Offering Free Internet

Comcast's Internet Essentials program, normally available to qualified low-income customers for $9.95 per month will be offered free for 60 days to new customers.

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/comcast-offers-2-months-of-free-internet-to-low-income-customers.html?fbclid=IwAR0uZOwcDHWFImDksguGMUFcGw2x2yIu_tMXOr0ZBKSXHd-1mG4JFDg3IS8 

Counseling Helpline

The Statewide Support & Referral Helpline is staffed by skilled and compassionate staff that are available 24/7 to respond to those struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency. Staff at the Helpline refer callers to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs. The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational. The number to call is 

1-855-284-2494 - For TTY, dial 724-631-5600

United Healthcare Emotional Support

• Our emotional support line is here for you to call any time at 1-866-342-6892. This 24/7 Optum Help Line is staffed by professionally trained mental health experts. It is free of charge and open to anyone.

• On-demand emotional support is also available to you through Sanvello, a free mobile app that can help you cope with stress, anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WellSpan Health Billing Assistance

Please call the following numbers during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. In Adams, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, please call (877) 631-4262 for customer service or (717) 851-5051 for financial assistance. In Franklin and Cumberland counties, please call (717) 267-7409 and select the appropriate service.

Clear Captions

Free captioning for those with hearing loss 

Call 717-858-3073

Child Care

Department of Human Services Creates Online Tool for Essential Workers to Find Child Care Providers with Approved Waivers, Reminds Operating Providers of COVID-19 Safety Recommendations https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=507 

Look up your area: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/…/…/Pages/Coronavirus-Child-Care.aspx 

US Census 

More than half of Franklin County has not responded to the 2020 Census. Click here to complete it if you haven’t already https://www.pa.gov/census - the Census is important for funding in our communities!

Vote by Mail

You can now vote by mail due to Covid-19. Check out the link for an application: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin 

 

Volunteer / Donate

Help by Volunteering 

Our Franklin County Senior Center is urgently asking for donations of shelf-stable food. If you would like to help our food-insecure seniors during this time, please scroll through these images to learn how you can help!

Donate to Senior Centers 

Donate through WellSpan

There are several ways that you can help your community during these difficult times! Community members can make a donation, donate supplies (face masks, gowns, hand sanitizer), donate blood, and give food by following instructions in the link here: https://www.wellspan.org/coronavirus/i-want-to-help 

WellSpan Health is also providing emergency community partnership grants to help support community partners during this time of need. Specific information on the Slow the Spread Grant Program can be found here: https://gotomygrants.com/public/opportunities/details/ec189020-7474-4b5e-92cd-8447007263ab