COVID-19 Action

To prioritize the health and safety of our community, we must significantly limit on-site staff presence.

Whenever possible, we will provide services remotely.

Below, we have compiled a list of resources to address the impact of coronavirus:


This is a rapidly changing situation. For the latest updates from the Mayor’s Office via NotifyNYC, please text COVID to 692-692.

NYC extends its pause until May 15th

NYC Resources

Facemask now required in NYC, find out where to buy them

How to get tested: 

Where to get up to date and accurate info — General info page

 New York Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 888-364-3065

COVID-19 Fact sheet

Staying Safe and Healthy:

FDA Covid-19 Shopping Tips

WHO COVID-19 Mythbusters

NYC Public School Resources:

General info Page

Though schools themselves are closed today, free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch can be picked up by any student. Meals are available from 7:30am-1:30pm outside the main entrance to every school building.

Monday, March 23
Effective Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers will be available for the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and our most vulnerable populations, with more details to follow.

Additionally, remote learning will go into effect for grades K-12. DOE will support schools at all levels of readiness to deliver remote learning, and more information will be provided to families about online platforms.

Set up your DOE Student Accounts

NYC Learn at home Resource

FAQ COVID-19 NYC Schools and families

How to Keep Your Kids Busy:

Making Ends Meet

New paid leave benefits:

Applying for SNAP Benefits– Download the AccessHRA app to apply or apply online.

If you are in need of assistance  to pay rent, you can apply for Emergency Cash benefits here.

File a Claim for Unemployment insurance here.



Learn more about the measures we’ve taken to help keep you safe, alleviate hardships, and stop the spread of COVID-19

Moratorium on Evictions: On March 15, the State of New York announced a statewide moratorium on residential and commercial evictions until further notice.

Access Free and Healthy Foods:

How to find Food Resources in your Community

NYC will be expanding “grab and go” meals for all New Yorkers. No one will be turned away. The hours are 7:30 – 11:30 am for families and children, 11:30 – 1:30 for adults. Find locations here, or text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877.

NYC is establishing a home-delivered meals program for people who do not have other means of accessing food. The application for food delivery assistance is here.

World Central Kitchen: Chefs of America is providing food in Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem and the Bronx:

Nutrition Kitchen Food Pantry extended its hours found here.

Taking care of your emotional and mental health

Headspace wants to be here for you — to help you find some time and space as you weather this storm.

CDC – Manage Anxiety & Stress

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Here is a compilation of resources for managing stress and anxiety or accessing teletherapy.

Need to talk to a Crisis Counselor? Text HOME to 741741 or visit:

Some Light-Hearted Fun:

Guidance for Business Owners

General info page

Sign up for Updated fact sheets on how to prepare your business and important news from NYC

Tips for Addressing Changes in Customer Behavior Due to the Novel Coronavirus FAQ

Business Continuity Planning Checklist

Business Planning Checklist for Pandemics


Resources for Freelancers, Service industry and hospitality workers

NYC Office of Nightlife – Making Nightlife Heard!
We know these are very hard and uncertain times. We want to know what you need so that we can best advocate for you. Please share your experiences at this survey and share the link with others.

COVID19 Resources

  • Updates: To get up to date information visit New York City’s 311 website or text COVID to 692692 to get notifications from the City.
  • Cash Assistance Application: If your work schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for Cash Assistance. You can visit ACCESS HRA or call (718) 557-1399 to learn more about how to apply.
  • Unemployment Insurance: Check here to see if you qualify for unemployment insurance through the NYS Department of Labor. We understand that many independent workers and performers may not currently be eligible, and we will be vigilant in advocating for aid from the federal, State, and City governments. 
  • Moratorium on Evictions: On March 15, the State of New York announced a statewide moratorium on residential and commercial evictions until further notice.
  • Resources for Freelancers: This crowdsourced list of resources, opportunities, and financial relief options was compiled by freelancers and independent workers across the country:
  • Small Business Assistance: On March 8, the Mayor announced there will be assistance to small businesses through low-interest loans and employee-retention grants:


Resources for non profits


Ways to give back

Help BCS adjust to situational changes by making an unrestricted gift today. Consider a recurring gift so we’ll have funds to adapt to this crisis as it evolves. Donate here

If you’re willing to purchase and deliver groceries and other supplies, please contact

Stay connected to mitigate the impact of social isolation:
Check on your friends and neighbors, especially those with chronic health conditions or the elderly. Stay in touch via video chats, phone calls or text message.

Stay Civically Engaged: 

  • Complete the Census online. The Census results directly impact funding for communities, in good times and bad. Complete the census, here.
  • Register to vote, here. 

Disrupt bias and xenophobia:
Love your neighbors. Xenophobia has no residence in Brooklyn. If you witness a hate crime, call 311 immediately. Learn about bystander intervention.

This new initiative in New York City called Invisible Hands which connects people with opportunities to shop and perform other tasks for their neighbors.

Go Fund me Fundraiser on behalf of Food bank  for NYC

Donations are 100% tax deductible.

Volunteer with Food Bank NYC

Volunteer opportunities Calender Food Bank NYC