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To our wonderful NHP-GCP families:


We understand that the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the job security, healthcare, and financial situation of so many families. We have compiled a listing of resources that may be helpful to your family during this time. Please reach out if you need help accessing supports for your family. We are here to help in any way we can.  Our emails are provided below.


Wishing your family health, and peace,

Lori Cohen and Sheri VazLopes

School Social Workers of NHP-GCP


Email contacts:

Lori Cohen, School Social Worker - Hillside Grade School and Manor Oaks Elementary School



Sheri VazLopes, School Social Worker - NHP Road School and Garden City Park Elementary


Topics Included:

  1. Food/Financial
  2. Housing
  3. Unemployment
  4. Healthcare
  5. Social Emotional
  6. Childcare


  1. Food /Financial:

    NHP-GCP -Free Lunch Grab and Go  - free lunches available to ALL NHP-GCP children under 18 years of age; Monday and Thursday 11am-1pm

    Mondays will be the pick-up day for three days’ worth of lunch

    Thursdays will be the pick-up day for four days’ worth of lunch

    Please bring a bag when picking up. As always please remember to maintain social distancing when picking up lunch. Remember when you pick up lunch it is free for your child and any siblings under the age of 18.



    Island Harvest is presently working closely with state and local authorities, member agencies, commercial food donors/suppliers, local school officials, and others to provide supplemental food support to people affected by the coronavirus. For those in need of food assistance, please call 631-873-4775.


    UNITED WAY - assistance for eligible applicants on Long Island who have had a recent, sudden loss of employment or furlough due to the effects of COVID-19 -

    211 Call Center

    The 211 Long Island Call Center is staffed with trained information specialists that will help you assess your needs and assist you in finding the appropriate community resources and can communicate with callers in 200 languages.

    Call specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Dial 2-1-1 or outside Nassau and Suffolk Counties 1-888-774-7633.


    Long Island Cares -

    Long Island Cares will direct you to the contact information to the  closest food pantries .  Once on the website, enter the zip code for NHP-GCP - you will be given the contact information for Long Island Cares food pantries in New Hyde Park and Garden City Park


    Important : You will need to call to make an appointment before visiting, to ensure the safety of all

    Care Coordinators are available to make you an appointment for pick up.





    Emergency Food Hotline

    If you need emergency food assistance, call the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777 or 311 to find a local pantry or kitchen. There is no income limit for emergency food


    Free meals for all New Yorkers. No one will be turned away.


    The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.

    *The 2 closest locations to the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park area are:   


     Irwin Altman Middle School 172 (1.55 mi.)

    81-14 257 Street Queens, Ny 11004 (in Glen Oaks)


    Martin Van Buren High School (1.92 mi.) 230-17 Hillside Ave., Queens, Ny 11427 (in Queens Village)




    VETERANS: If you are a Nassau County Veteran in need of assistance including essential transportation, food pantry access and counseling services, call: 516-572-6565


    Eviction: New York State is working hard to protect New Yorkers during this difficult time. Effective March 16 at 5 p.m., eviction proceedings and pending orders in housing court are suspended statewide until further notice.

    Utilities: Utility companies PSEGLI, National Grid, and local water authorities have been ordered to maintain service even if an account becomes delinquent. If you experience a shut-off, please visit On March 25, the Public Service Commission approved orders postponing rate increases for nearly 2 million customers of New York American Water and National Grid upstate that were scheduled to go into effect on April 1st.

    Mortgage Relief: Governor Cuomo issued an emergency regulation requiring financial institutions to give mortgage borrowers forbearance of at least 90 days if they apply for assistance due to job loss or other issues brought on by COVID-19. It also requires those financial institutions to waive ATM fees and late payment fees on credit cards for the same reason.For additional DFS regulatory actions on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit




    COVID-19 Update: NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines


    To Apply For Unemployment


    ***The above link will provide you with step by step instructions for filing.





    New York State Insurance

    As of March 16, the enrollment period for Qualified Health Plans through NY State of Health and directly through insurers has been extended to April 15. Individuals who are eligible for other NY State of Health programs – Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round.

    To apply, visit, or call 855-355-5777.

    Free/Low-Cost Health Care

    NYC Care provides low-cost or free healthcare for all New Yorkers regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. This is not an insurance plan.

    Call the 24-hour NYC Care service at 646-NYC-CARE (646-692-3373) to enroll and make an appointment.


    For pregnant women with COVID-19 pregnancy related questions - 1-833-487-2273.





  5. Social Emotional:


    Nassau County Crisis Helpline: 516-227-TALK (8255) For those experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis.


    Nassau County A.A. Hotline: 516-292-3040


    Nassau County Safe Center Hotline: 516-542-0404 (for those experiencing abuse/domestic violence)


    Call 1-800-942-6906 if you are in a dangerous domestic situation, NYS will help you find safe shelter.


    VETERANS: If you are a Nassau County Veteran in need of assistance including essential transportation, food pantry access and counseling services, call: 516-572-6565


    Thousands of therapists are offering free emotional support to New Yorkers who are struggling with the mental impact of this pandemic. Call the state’s hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations & referrals to a provider.


    The Hispanic Counseling Center 344 Fulton Ave., Hempstead, NY 11550 516-538-2613;  Services include: Counseling, Child & Family Support, Supported Housing, Parenting Program Services are available to all regardless of ability to pay, Staff speak English & Spanish.  


    A Message from The Hispanic Counseling Center:

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic public health crisis the Hispanic Counseling Center’s building will be closed but we are still fully operational, serving our current clients via telehealth (phone or video) and also accepting new clients. If you are in need of an appointment please call our main number at 516-538-2613 during our regular business hours (Monday-Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am - 4pm) and we will be happy to assist you. If you have an urgent matter after hours please call the main number and your call will be forwarded to our emergency line. Thank you for your understanding and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience

    Debido a la crisis de salud pública por el COVID-19, el Hispanic Counseling Center cerrará sus oficinas pero todos los servicios permanecerán abiertos y se brindarán por teléfono o por video (TeleHealth) y aceptando nuevos clientes. Si necesita una cita llame a nuestro número principal al 516-538-2613 durante nuestro horario de atención habitual (Lunes a Jueves de 9am a 8pm y Viernes de 9am a 4pm) y podremos ayudarle. Si tiene un problema urgente fuera del horario de atención, llame al número principal y su llamada será transferida a nuestra línea de emergencia.

    Gracias por su comprensión y le pedimos disculpas de antemano por cualquier inconveniente.


    **Please see the resource document provided on the district website for a complete listing of social emotional/wellness resources

  6. Child Care:

SCOPE Child Care Programs 631-360-0800

*Priority given to First Responders & Medical Personnel