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COVID-19 Resources

On behalf of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), we understand that this can be a trying time for families battling their child’s brain tumor diagnosis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout and after COVID-19, we will work to offer you meaningful support and take this opportunity to share a few community resources. PBTF is not directly associated with any of these resources but has gathered this list from publicly available sources. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Community Resources by State in the Northeast Region

Lunch Distributions Facilities for Students

Massachusetts:

Rhode Island:

  • State of Rhode Island Department of Health:
    Due to the closure of schools, free "Grab and Go" meals are available for children throughout Rhode Island. New sites are still being added so please check back or contact your school district or charter school for more options. At many of these sites, anyone aged 18 or under who shows up gets a free meal. Some food sites are only providing meals to students who are enrolled in that school/district. For more information and select your city please click the link below:
    https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/about/foodsites/

Maine:

  • Maine Schools Providing Meals to Students During Closures (By School District):
    Schools around Maine are providing meals to students during extended remote learning and there's an interactive map available to see where those meals are being provided. For more information please click the link: https://www.maine.gov/doe/meals

  • Schools, pantries step up to feed kids amid coronavirus crisis (Locations for NH and Maine):
    To combat food insecurity and ensure no student goes hungry, area school districts, food pantries and organizations say they will provide free meals to students while their schools are closed due to precautions for COVID-19
    https://www.fosters.com/news/20200316/schools-pantries-step-up-to-feed-kids-amid-coronavirus-crisis

New Hampshire:

Vermont:

Connecticut:

New York:

New Jersey:

Delaware:

Maryland:

  • ABC 7 WJLA: LIST Where D.C., Maryland & Virginia kids can get free meals during the COVID-19 shutdown
  • It's the right thing to do': Delaware, Maryland restaurants give out free meals to kids
  • Baltimore City Public Schools: Meal Sites

Pennsylvania:

Community Resources Available in Most States

Complimentary Wi-Fi for Families in Need

  • Comcast: Individuals that sign up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service. There is no term contract or credit check. Qualifications and additional details are available here: https://apply.internetessentials.com/
  • AT&T: Offers the “Access Program” which provides low-cost home internet to qualifying households for $5-10 a month, no deposit or installation fee. AT&T is expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start. Qualifications and additional details are available here:  https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/

Short-Term Housing Accommodations:

  • Extended Stay America Hotels: Partnered with the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge created to create the Hotel Keys of Hope program, which provides free and deeply discounted hotel stays for cancer patients in need of potentially lifesaving treatment away from home.  Extended Stay America hotels provide a unique, home-away-from-home for cancer patients receiving treatment. For more information, please visit https://www.cancer.org/our-partners/extended-stay-america.html or contact The American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
  • Furnished Quarters (Units available in MA, NY, NJ, CT, CA): An ideal solution for families of patients undergoing an extended medical stay. Whether you or a loved one is having a medical procedure, or if you are a hospital employee in need of temporary housing near the hospital, you can benefit from a temporary furnished apartment from Furnished Quarters—your home away from home. For more information, please visit https://www.furnishedquarters.com/corporate-housing/healthcare and contact Ruth Green, Senior Corporate Sales Manager at  617.236.4908 ext 1008, ruth.green@furnishedquarters.com and reference PBTF Northeast Region to qualify for hospital discounts given to patients in treatment.

Home Activities During School Closings and Educational Resources

Lunch Distribution Facilities for Students

Medical Travel

Financial Assistance

  • The American Cancer Society offers information on financial issues, sources for help and health insurance management.
  • CancerCare offers financial assistance for cancer-related costs, including transportation, home care and childcare. They also make referrals to other organizations that offer financial support.
  • Friends4Michael Foundation provides supplementary financial assistance to families, guardians or caregivers with financial needs resulting from expenses from a child's brain tumor treatment.
  • The National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals.
  • The Patient Advocate Foundation provides financial assistance to insured patients to help them pay for prescriptions and treatment.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal income program designed to help disabled people with little or no income pay for clothes, food and shelter.

Grief & Loss

  • CancerCare offers online and telephone support groups for caregivers and family members of brain tumor patients.
  • The Compassionate Friends network provides support to families after a child dies.