March 19, 2020
 
Dear Friends,

Below is a summary of the many resources available to support residents and businesses during this pandemic. 

It is important to remember that 911 is for emergencies only. Call the COVID-19 hotline at 301-883-6627 from 8 am until 8 pm or your physician for questions or concerns about the virus.

Social Distancing 

Staying home and avoiding other people will save lives during this pandemic. Governor Hogan has prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people, including church services. Prince George's County Health Office Dr. Carter urges that social distancing also means no play dates and no get-togethers with friends. 

We should not be gathering with others, even in small groups. Activities outside the home should be limited to trips for food and medication or outside exercise while still maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people.

Please stay home as much as possible. Wash your hands often for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. These measures are critical to ensuring our health system does not get overwhelmed.

Click here for a video from the Secretary of Aging especially for Maryland seniors.

If you are a senior over 65 and live along, please also sign up for Senior Call Check (1-866-50-CHECK), a program by the State of Maryland which will check-in on Seniors daily by phone.



Food Resources

- "Grab and go" meals are available at 36 schools Monday - Friday, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Students may pick up breakfast, lunch and snack, which may include cold cereal, a sack lunch, fruit and milk, in one visit. Parents and guardians are not required to accompany students, but adults may not pick up meals for children. Student IDs are not required.  District 3 locations are Templeton Elementary and William Wirt MIddle School. Full list is here.

Christian Life Church will have a free produce distribution this Friday every Friday at 12pm at 5600 Taylor Road, Riverdale. They will be asking attendees to maintain a distance from each other and to not crowd. 

Capital Area Food Bank is distributing food on Tuesdays and Saturdays, including this Saturday, March 21, at 3:00 pm at the Giant Food stores located at 6000 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt; 10480 Campus Way South, Largo; and 7074 Allentown Road, Camp Springs

SEED is distributing food weekly on Wednesdays at 12pm at East Pines Community Center, 5819 Eastpine Drive, Riverdale. 
 
Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Avenue, 3rd Thursday of each month , Free fresh produce 

Trinity Church, 7800 Good Luck Road, 4th Friday of each month, Free Fresh Produce

Faith Based Cooperative at Charles Carroll Middle School, 4th Saturday of each month

Ebeneezer Food Bank, 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month at New Carrollton City Hall

Help by Phone, Daily at Trinity Moravian Church, by appointment, 301-441-1814

Please note, these food distribution sites are confirmed as of today but may change. Please follow me on social media (especially Facebook) and this email newsletter for updates.

Several grocery stores in the area have instituted a policy that reserves the first hour of the day for shoppers age 60 and above to assist in reducing the risk for this vulnerable population.

In addition, many restaurants have shifted to food delivery or curb-side pick-up. Please continue to support our local businesses as you are able.

Additional Resources/Programs

- Maryland Health Connections  has opened a special open enrollment period through April 15 for Marylanders without health insurance.

- Prince George's County Memorial Library branches are closed. Online resources are still be available via your library card. Learn more . They have also launched a Spring-Into-Reading Challenge!

- Prince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation  closed all facilities. Parks and trails are open with limited maintenance at this time. Learn more.

- WSSC Water has suspended all water shut-offs to ensure all customers have access to safe, clean water. Learn more

- Comcast is offering their Internet Essentials Program for FREE for 60 days to low-income households. They are also increasing internet speeds for all program subscribers. Learn more and sign up.

- The Small Business Administration and the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation are working on support for small businesses affected during this pandemic. Learn more about support for businesses and employees in Maryland here.

- Read a Fact Sheet on legislation passed granting paid sick and family leave here.

- Pepco and BG&E have energy assistance programs and are suspending service cut-offs and late fees. Learn more about Pepco.  Learn more about BG&E.

- Governor Hogan has prohibited all housing evictions. The Federal Government has placed a pause on all foreclosures for 60 days insured by the Federal Housing Administration or backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac .

- Community Legal Services staff are  working remotely to continue to assist with civil legal questions including family law, landlord & tenant, and domestic violence. Their services are available online at www.clspgc.org or via their hotline at 240-391-6370. 

- Maryland was recently awarded $10.2 M for medical supplies, testing, etc. thanks for Federal legislation.

- The Prince George's County Animal Management Facility and Adoption Center is operating under appointment-only. Call 301-780-7201 for adoptions; 301-780-7222 for licensing; 301-780-7241 for emergency surrender.

Additional Information:


As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. I am sharing updates regularly on social media, especially my Facebook page #onlytogether

My office is translating these resources into Spanish. Please reply to this message if you could like to receive the Spanish version to share with your neighbors, colleagues, church members, or others.

Together Strengthening Our Community,





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