April 24, 2020
We at NJHCN hope that this brief and targeted communique will help you navigate the constantly changing COVID19 world. As your partner in building healthy communities, we will curate the most useful and current resources to help you and your organization during this crisis and build capacity for the future.

Resources include:
  1. Official Information
  2. Resource Pages
  3. Grants and Funding
  4. Media
  5. Training and Development

All resources will also be posted on our website for ongoing reference. Please forward to colleagues, partners and friends who may benefit from this information.

Please send us any new resources or opportunities to share.
Official NJ COVID-19 Information
NJ COVID-19 Information Hub
The official COVID-19  Information Hub  for the  State of New Jersey . Find the latest news, guidance, resources, and support here.

COVID-19 Emergency Services: Food Distribution
Sponsor: YMCA
Amid school closures and economic uncertainty, a rapidly increasing number of people are facing food insecurity. In response, hundreds of Ys nationwide are providing free grab-and-go meals to help address this serious issue.  Please share with those who may need these services.

COVID-19 Emergency Services: Child Care
Sponsor: YMCA
With COVID-19-related school closures and the urgency for essential workers to report to work, there is a critical need for safe child care options across the country. In response, the Y—one of the nation’s largest and most trusted providers of child care services—is offering emergency child care at more than 940 locations for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders. Please share with those who may need these services.

Good Food Bucks
Sponsor: City Green
City Green doubles the value of SNAP at participating farmers markets in NJ through our Good Food Buck program. Participating markets are listed on our website: goodfoodbucks which will be updated with new 2020 partners in the next few weeks. City Green works to make sure every SNAP-authorized farmers market has the resources they need to be up and running for the season to ensure SNAP users have consistent access to affordable locally grown food, and small and mid-sized local farmers maintain viable retail outlets. 

Double Up Food Bucks
Sponsor: Shop Rite
The Fair Food Network offers SNAP-doubling at several ShopRites in northern New Jersey (Newark, East Orange, Hillside, and Kearny).

Farmers Markets Respond to COVID-19 - Best Practices, Examples and Resources
Sponsors: Farmers Market Coalition
Quotes, pictures, links, and best practices from market organizations around the country and how they are mitigating exposure while still providing healthy food to residents. 

Helping adults 60+ get the essentials they need
Referred by: The Russell Berrie Foundation
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, we are arranging no-contact deliveries of essentials for adults 60+ nationwide.
It's easy and affordable, supported by an amazing network of volunteers and workers. Please share with those who may need these services.

Grants and Funding
Attaining Corporate and Philanthropic Support During COVID19
April 29, 2020, 2:00 pm
Sponsor: Grantspace
Join this session to learn about the range of corporate and philanthropic resources your organization can tap into to sustain, strengthen, or scale your operations during the current crisis. Participants will receive a set of actionable tools that will help them build strategic, cross-sector partnerships that prepare their organizations and their communities to respond resiliently to COVID-19 and future disasters.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Opportunity
DEADLINE: Weekly on Mondays May 4-May 25, 2020
Sponsor: Voices for Healthy Kids
These grants will support systems and policy change campaigns that focus on helping those most under-resourced better gain access to health care, healthy food, and income support and stability during this critical time. Voices for Healthy Kids is hopeful that the flexibility offered by these grants will allow states, tribes and communities to use the grant dollars and support to best maximize local opportunity and established relationships to quickly adjust policies and systems to address COVID-19-related needs. 

Innovation Fund
DEADLINE: Round 1-April 27 Round 2-May 11
Sponsor: Leadership Learning Community
To provide resources that seed action and learning in support
of equity-centered, network leadership responses to COVID-19, especially the needs of those most impacted

ALICE Recovery Fund
Sponsor: United Way
The ALICE Recovery Fund (#ALICErecovery) was established by United Way of Northern New Jersey in partnership with United Way of Hunterdon County to address emerging needs of  ALICE ® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and those in poverty in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Policymakers Can Keep Food Flowing and On The Table During This Pandemic
Referred by: City Green
Op-Ed: Keep farmers markets open, allow SNAP participants to order groceries online, and expand already successful programs during this time of uncertainty.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
Food Access Approaches and Innovations
Sponsor: New Jersey Healthy Communities Network
NJHCN hosted a facilitated conversation about food access on April 21st.

Listen/Watch the recording.