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Greater New Orleans Area Resources

Grab and Go Food Pick Up Sites
Our schools, district, nonprofits, businesses, local leaders, and community members are stepping up to address some of these concerns. 

Starting March 18, St. Augustine High School will serve as a grab and go pick up site via George Nick Connor Drive. No need to exit your car. Click here for more about free meals.

There is a robust, coordinated effort through which at least twenty-two school sites will be providing “grab and go” food pickup by tomorrow, March 18. NOLA Public Schools expects to have a citywide child nutrition program in place by March 23. In addition, the Second Harvest Food Bank is providing emergency food assistance to children and adults alike. 
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Free internet services — Cox Communications is offering 30 days of free internet access for low-income families with K-12 students. Many internet providers have agreed to open their private Wi-Fi hotspots to public use, such as Cox.
Continued utility services — Entergy and the Sewerage & Water Board have suspended disconnections and shut-offs for at least 30 days. Many communications companies have committed to the FCC’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge,” including Cox CommunicationsVerizon, and AT&T, meaning that for at least 60 days they will not terminate service or charge late fees as a result of nonpayment due to the pandemic.
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Housing security — City Courts have suspended evictions until at least April 24; residents with concerns related to rent, landlord-tenant issues, and foreclosures can access financial and legal assistance through the Mayor’s Office (504-658-4200) and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Mental health support — SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is a toll-free, multilingual, confidential crisis support service that connects any U.S. resident in need to a trained crisis counselor; call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. 
Keep Calm Through COVID - The Louisiana Department of Health has created a “Keep Calm Through COVID” hotline (1-866-310-7977) so that residents can access free, confidential counseling 24/7. The National Association of School Psychologists has resources for parents on talking with children about COVID-19, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness has a general resource guide as well.
Additional resources are listed on the City of New Orleans’ Coronavirus Resident Assistance page as they become available.