Emergency Information from the IFPO on COVID-19
PANTRY IS CLOSED
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS Updated 3/31/20
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the IFPO is closed until further notice, as the Church is closed. Please check back next week for updates, as the situation is changing rapidly.
We are very sorry to have to close our doors during this crisis, but the Church is closed until further notice. We have spoken with local officials and are listening to government and CDC recommendations about public gatherings, and given these factors we sadly must close.
This page will continue to be updated as we hear of more emergency response programs.
Should you need emergency food, we have heard of the following:
Other Area pantries that are planning to open this week in Newark, Bloomfield, & West Orange, click here for the list from MEND. Please confirm before visiting, as conditions are changing quickly.
Orange Township Public School District will provide packaged ‘Grab-and-Go’ breakfast and lunch at no cost to families, at multiple locations for pick up.
Click here for locations and times. This is for families in the Orange School District only.
East Orange Public School District has set up 5 school sites for students to pick up a “grab and go” breakfast and lunch between the hours of 8:30 AM-11:30 AM for students up to age 18. The sites are as follows:
Bowser Elementary, 180 Lincoln Street
East Orange Campus High School, 344 Prospect Street
Garvin Elementary, 1 Grove Place
Houston Elementary, 215 Dodd Street
Hughes Elementary, 160 Rhode Island Avenue
For updated information on East Orange services visit click here (posted on East Orange City Hall Facebook page 3/17)
Grab & Go Meals for East Orange Residents of all ages, Monday-Friday 11 AM to
3 PM and Saturday 11 AM to 2 PM, Fellowship Civic Center, 1 Fellowship Circle
Newark Public School Students, Breakfast and Lunch Programs, click here to view.
SNAP/Food Stamps: Essex County residents who want to apply for SNAP food assistance or cash assistance under the Work First NJ program, visit NJHelps.org
Many SNAP households will receive additional benefits in March and April to help them buy more food during this public health crisis. Extra March benefits will come on Sunday, March 29.
SNAP Recertification: If your case is due to be recertified in March or April and you were unable to get your paperwork in, or complete your interview, we are told that your case will not be closed and you will continue to receive benefits during the crisis.
From East Orange School District: If a student does not have internet access at home, the parent is able to call Comcast at 1-800-391-3000 to set up free internet services for the time school is closed. (Facebook post 3/16/20 https://www.facebook.com/EOCityHall/)
From West Orange School District: Local School districts are reporting that Comcast has a program called Internet Essentials that provides low-cost Internet access to low-income families. In an effort to help people stay connected Comcast is providing all new customers with two free months of Internet access. This program will take effect on Monday, March 16, 2020. After the first two free months expire, customers can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer. There is no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee for equipment. For more information about the Comcast Internet Essentials, please click on the following link: Comcast Internet Essentials
SOMA Lounge reports: Spectrum is offering free service to students without internet. Call 844-488-8398
*Information about internet service assistance is not verified by the IFPO. this information has been shared with us by other parties.
The City of Orange offers information about the Coronavirus and phone number for questions. Click here to be redirected to their page.
CDC Coronavirus Page - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
New Jersey Dpt. of Health Coronavirus - https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
NJ Coronavirus questions: 1-800-222-1222
* All information about programs that are NOT run by the IFPO is based on information the IFPO found on local websites including the City of Orange, Orange Township Public Schools, East Orange and West Orange public school webpages or their related Facebook pages. We have not verified locations and times. Please check before visiting as things are changing rapidly.
INFO FOR VOLUNTEERS & DONORS
After deep and thoughtful consideration as well as discussions with our host the Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, local officials and local emergency food providers, it is with a very heavy heart that the IFPO will be closed March 18th until further notice. Please check back here next week for updates, as the situation is changing rapidly.
The Church that hosts us is closed. A significant number of our clients are diabetic, elderly and have underlying risk factors. While we desperately wish to do as much as we can for our neighbors in need, we must also be abundantly careful to protect both our clients and our volunteers from inadvertently furthering community spread.
We have taken much of the food off of our shelves and shared it with our partner MEND- Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity. MEND is working closely with other emergency food pantries as well as local schools to make sure that emergency feeding programs continue to have supplies during this crisis.
For those of you who feel called to act now, we would suggest that you support MEND’s efforts. Current opportunities are listed here SignUp Genius and details.
Participate in MEND's Virtual Food Drive,
Monetary donations to MEND can be made through the MEND website.
Our partner The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is working 24/7 now to provide food to those in need. Emergency food boxes can be seen in the photo showing "(Rosa) Parks School". The IFPO helped coordinate that delivery, which will shortly be in the hands of seniors and other vulnerable individuals in Orange. Watch the CFBNJ video , click here.