Below is a roundup of all of the best resources we’ve been able to pull together to help the Mt. Airy community get through covid-19. We’ll keep it as up to date as possible. If you know of something else that should be added to the list, please email with a link to your suggestion.

As of Tuesday, May 5th.


START HERE: The City of Philadelphia’s regularly-updated info page on COVID-19:

Testing and data: Test results (figures, demographics, maps) from the City:

PHL Public Health Twitter account (including daily briefings at 1pm):

PA Department of Health: Additional information from the State:

How to make a mask:


  • Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline: 1-800-722-7112 – Call if you have questions about symptoms or your risk of contraction
  • Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
  • Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline: 866-723-3014 — additional resources HERE
  • Pennsylvania Mental Health Support Line: 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
  • Safe2Say: 1-844-723-2729 or
  • 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
  • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia: 215-981-3700
  • CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly) covid-19 hotline for older adults: 1-800-356-3606
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY): PCCY’s Helpline can help children, and now parents too, apply for Medicaid and CHIP, for FREE, over the phone and, in the parent’s language: 215-563-5848, ext. 17



  • The City’s map of sites with free meal distribution across the city. Locally, those include:
    FAMILIES: Monday & Thursday, 10am–12pm: Dare to Imagine Church (6610 Anderson St, near Upsal), Happy Hollow Rec Center (4800 Wayne Ave), Upper Room Baptist Church (7236 Ogontz Ave), Wagner Middle School (1701 Chelten Ave), Roxborough Church (8232 Ridge Ave)
    STUDENTS: Thursdays, 9am–12pm: Roosevelt Elementary (430 E Washington Lane), John B Kelly School (5116 Pulaski Avenue), Martin Luther King High (6100 Stenton Ave), General Louis Wagner Middle School (1701 Chelten Ave), Roxborough High (6498 Ridge Ave)
    Monday & Thursday 10am–12pm: Mastery Charter Pickett (5701 Wayne Ave), Mastery Charter Pastorius-Richardson (5650 Sprague St), Mastery Charter John Pickett (67 E Bringhurst St)
    SENIORS – most sites five days a week: Center in the Park (at Vernon Park, 5818 Germantown Ave), call ahead to reserve: 215-848-7722; West Oak Lane Senior Center (7210 Ogontz Ave); The Center at Journey’s Way (403 Rector St – 215-487-1750)


  • Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network • Food and diapers •
  • Philabundance • Map of local emergency kitchens and food cupboards:
  • Free halal lunch @ Masjidullah (7401 Limekiln Pike) • MECCA and the Alimah Scouts are offering a free halal lunch to any student and family from 12-2pm, from March 16 until school is back in session, Mondays through Fridays. Stop by the Masjidullah for a grab-and-go lunch. Contact 215-424-4480 or
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (5421 Germantown Ave) • Tuesdays 9-11am, Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm, Saturdays 12-2pm. Call 215-844-8544 for more info.
  • Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Church (5305 Germantown Ave) • Sundays 9am, Tuesdays 11am-1pm. Call 215-848-2210 for more info.
  • Face to Face Germantown (123 E Price Street) • Mondays and Fridays, 12pm-2pm. Face to Face parking lot.
  • Philadelphia Joint Board, Workers United (22 S 22nd St, Center City) • Saturdays, 10-11am


  • The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission has created a Lifeline Telephone and Broadband Assistance program that provides a monthly discount on phone and internet bills. For details and info on how to apply, CLICK HERE
  • The City has created a list of affordable telephone and internet options offered by Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and others here:


  • RALSTON CENTER — A good roundup of Northwest Philadelphia grocery shopping options, including dedicated senior hours
  • MOUNT AIRY GROCERIES — Volunteer group coordinating with Malelani Cafe and Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network to provide groceries for both residents and for those in need
  • PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER — Good page for how to clean and disinfect your produce and groceries


  • OPEN IN MT. AIRY — Our updated list of businesses responsibly open in Mt. Airy (for pickup, delivery, virtual sessions, etc.)
  • BUSINESS RESOURCES — Go here for our regularly updated comprehensive list of business resources


  • Understanding the Facts • The News Literacy Project has an excellent newsletter to help educators separate fact from fiction, including information about the coronavirus. Sign up for this free newsletter by professional journalists
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus • WHYY •
  • Kids Health • Great clearinghouse of info for kids and parents
  • Free pregnancy, baby and toddler supports during COVID-19 from the City’s Office of Children and Families, Board of Health, Department of Public Health • CLICK HERE
  • Creating Online Story Books • Children can design their own picture books telling a story that is meaningful to them.
  • Digital Resources from Free Library of PhiladelphiaCLICK HERE • E-books, audiobooks, music, databases
  • Virtual Field TripsCLICK HERE • Go on virtual tours of worldwide institutions
  • Scholastic: Learn at HomeCLICK HERE • Scholastic Learn at Home provides 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school. For grades Pre-K through 9.
  • Storyline OnlineCLICK HERE • Children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
  • Class Central Online • Discover thousands of free online courses from top universities around the world like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.
  • School District of Philadelphia Learning GuidesCLICK HERE • The District is making Learning Guides available as a resource during this time. These optional Learning Guides (K-12) are offered for personal use and are aligned to areas previously taught to students during this school year, and parents and students can select which Learning Guides to use.Students and families with general questions may call the Learning Guide hotline at (215) 400-5300, Monday – Friday from 9:30 -11:30AM.
  • Pennsylvania Trivia Games • Learn about Pennsylvania with these fun games
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Lesson plans • • Using the PMA’s collection of famous artworks, you can teach your kids geometry, descriptive writing and design
  • Philly ASAP (After School Activities Partners) • CLICK HERE • Live daily activities at 3pm
  • PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) • On-demand educational videos, games, and activities
  • Record your own podcast! Kids’ Podcasts – Stuck at Home • Kids all over the world contribute to this podcast, Stuck at Home. “We want to make a podcast with kids all over the world who are stuck at home, to hear what it’s like where you are — what you are doing to fill the time. Making a podcast is really easy, literally anyone can do it. You can do it on your or your parents’/guardians’ phone, or laptop.”





  • RALSTON CENTER — A good roundup of Northwest Philadelphia grocery shopping options, including dedicated senior hours
  • CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly) covid-19 hotline for older adults: 1-800-356-3606
  • LEGACY OF HOPE: Support network (including food and financial support) for people with cancer:
  • PHILADELPHIA CORPORATION FOR AGING (PCA): List of Grab-n-Go meal sites for seniors – call the number for the respective location for details: CLICK HERE




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