COVID-19 Community Resources

Last Updated: May 20, 2020

We're in this together!

We know this is a very stressful time right now and that you may be feeling overwhelmed by many things that are out of your control. Thankfully, we live within a city with many community partners who want to help! Here is a list of resources that have been set up to support families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This document will be updated as we learn of any changes to the list of resources.

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McCaskey High School 86th Commencement

The J.P. McCaskey High School Campus will celebrate its 86th commencement virtually on Saturday, June 13, at noon. The ceremony, including live and pre-recorded elements, will be broadcast on WGAL-TV, channel 8, and simulcast on Facebook, YouTube and UStream.

The 670 members of McCaskey’s class of 2020 will walk across a prepared stage and receive their diplomas individually over the span of five days at the end of May and early June. The district’s production team will edit the individual diploma walks together into one continuous feed to air as part of the commencement ceremonies on June 13. The district is working to provide as many live elements as possible for the broadcast, abiding by health and safety guidelines.

Complete details are listed on the following link: McCaskey 86th Commencement

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Grades 9, 10, 11: Book & Device Return

Book & Device Return, and Retrieval of Locker Items will taken place on the following dates from 9:00-4:00 p.m. @ East. Any belongings collected from lockers will be bagged for the students.

  • June 3: Last name A-H
  • June 4: Last name I-P
  • June 5: Last name Q-Z

SDoL Grab-and-Go Meals

Grab-and-Go Meals will be available at JP McCaskey, Hand, Reynolds, Carter & MacRae and Hamilton every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to noon.

Students do not need to be present at pickup. Due to capacity limitations, the district is unable to provide delivery service. However, friends, neighbors or other family members may pick up meals on behalf of the shut-in students.

Click here for a map of each distribution site.

Power Pack Pick Up every Thursday

Power Packs will also be available for pickup (registration required: English / Spanish) on Thursday's 10am to noon. The last day for Power Packs for school year distribution will be May 28th. Families who are already currently enrolled with Power Packs are required to register for distribution on Thursday. Power Pack boxes weigh around 30 lbs. Families only need to register using the link above 1x, not every week.

Students do not need to be present at pickup. Due to capacity limitations, the district is unable to provide delivery service. However, friends, neighbors or other family members may pick up meals on behalf of the shut-in students.

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Free Diapers, Wipes and Formula!

Align Pregnancy Services is distributing diapers, wipes, and formula to all families in Lancaster County that are experiencing need. They are delivering these supplies at no cost to the families. For help call 717-575-0561 and ask for Abby.

CHIP Program Modified to Protect Children During COVID-19 Crisis

Several temporary changes to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) during the COVID-19 outbreak will ensure children have access to medical services and can be screened or receive treatment for the virus.

Under the changes, families will not be denied or removed from CHIP coverage for administrative or financial reasons, including being unable to provide proof of income. In addition, families will not be charged a copay for COVID-19 screening, testing or treatment.

Families are still responsible for copays for services not related to COVID-19, as well as premium payments, if applicable.

Free Food Offered by Local Establishments:

Free Phone Service

Looking for a way to save on cell phone costs? You may be eligible for a no-cost cell phone and cell phone service, including data, texts, and calls (with monthly limits on minutes and data). To assist the community during COVID-19, some providers are adding 5-6 GB of additional data for a month. You may also be able to use your current phone with this free service.

This program is for individuals who qualify based on income. You may qualify if you or a member of your household participate in one of these assistance programs:

  • Medicaid

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance

  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit

You can also qualify based on household income.

Only one person per household can have this free service

For more information, visit the provider websites below. Please note that there may be other providers who service the Lancaster area. 1-855-754-6543 1-888-321-5880

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Looking for other resources?
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National Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-799-7233.

For texting, text “SAFE” to 61222 to be connected to an advocate. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

Crisis Phone Numbers

Social distance is necessary right now but it can be very difficult. You are not alone!

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/ mental health emergency contact: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
  • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
  • Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline – 1-888-772-7227
  • Keep Kids Safe Hotline- 1-800-932-0313 (reporting of suspected child abuse)

Struggling with anxiety or overwhelming emotions due to COVID-19? Call the Support & Referral Helpline at 1-855-284-2494. ☎️