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Posted on: April 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Community Resources & Information


COVID-19 Community Resources and Information: 


Feeding Westchester 

Driven by the belief that access to healthy food is a basic right for all people, Feeding Westchester leads hunger action programs and mobilizes the resources needed to eradicate hunger in Westchester County.

Use this map to find food assistance in Westchester County. This tool can help you locate your nearest Food Pantry, Hot Meal Program, and Emergency Food Delivery. Please call ahead to confirm hours and availability.

Feeding Westcheter  has initiated drive thru food distribution at locations around the county. Sign up to be notified about upcoming drive-thru distributions, hosted by Feeding Westchester.

The Mobile Food Pantry travels throughout the county to deliver good nutritious food to Westchester communities with limited access to traditional food pantries 

If you need help getting groceries email:


Battle Hill Fire House

Fridays, 2pm

Harding and Robertson Avenue

White Plains, NY  10606

Salvation Army

Friday, June 12th 10AM - Noon

16 Sterling Avenue, White Plains, NY


Ebersole Ice Rink/Delfino Park

Mondays at 11AM,  Fridays  2pm

110 Lake Street,

 White Plains, NY  10603

Church Street School

Mondays at 2pm 

295 Church Street

 White Plains, NY  10603


Slater Center

Mondays at  2pm  
2 Fisher Court, White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 948-6211

White Plains Youth Bureau

Tuesdays, 10 AM

11 Amherst Place, White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 422-1378

George Washington Elementary School Food Pantry Sponsored by the GWPTA
Fridays,  11AM to Noon
100 Orchard Street, White Plains, NY 10604 

Laura Reidy 914.843.3128/



White Plains Hospital 

Saturday, June 13th 9AM

Pedestrians Only, First Come, First Served

33 Davis Avenue

White Plains, NY 10601

Director of Community Outreach

(P) 914-849-2556

Mutual Aid & Direct Aid Programs Providing Food Assistance to the Community:

Bethel Baptist Church 

Second Saturday of the month

One Fisher Court

White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 949-2792 

Ecumenical Food Pantry
Fridays, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Thomas Slater Center
2 Fisher Court, White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 948-6211

El Centro Hispano
Operating from Post Road Elementary School
175 W Post Road, White Plains, NY 10606
 June 18th, July 9, 23, Au 6, 20, Sept 3, 17, Oct 1, 15, Nov.5 , 19, Dec 3, 17 at 3:00 PM 
Food will be distributed from the Soundview Avenue entrance. 

First Baptist Church
456 North Street White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 946-5207 (No set hours. Please call) 

Grace Episcopal Church 

Distribution of non-perishable foods

Thursday, May 21 Noon

33 Church Street, White Plains, NY  10601

Lifting Up Westchester

Operates Grace’s Kitchen at Grace Episcopal Church and provides a place for the hungry to regularly get a free meal weekdays and on all major holidays.  

Grace’s Kitchen at Grace Episcopal Church
33 Church Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Monday through Friday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Make the Road New York
46 Waller Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 948-8466
 Must call to make an appointment.

Mt. Hope African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Table of Grace Green Thumb Program

Wednesday, May 27th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
65 Lake Street, White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 948-6372

Ridgeway Alliance Church

465 Ridgeway, White Plains, NY 10605
Contact: Pastor Kevin Gillen (914) 949-3714 

Ridgeway Church Food Pantry Public Hours:
Monday 10am -2pm
Tuesday 4pm-6pm
Wednesday - No Hours
Thursday - No Hours
Friday 10am-2pm 

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
82 Prospect Street, White Plains, NY  10605

Grab & Go Meal Bags distributed each Sunday

Salvation Army
Operating from Post School
175 W Post Road, White Plains, NY 10606
May 1, 14, 28, June 11 at 3:00 PM
Food will be distributed from the Soundview Avenue entrance.

Salvation Army

16 Sterling Ave. , White Plains, NY  10606 


Food distribution based by appointment.

The White Plains Community Action Partnership Emergency Food Pantry 
70 Ferris Ave, White Plains, NY 10603
Call (914) 428-7030 to make an appointment. 

Trinity United Methodist Church

130 South Lexington

No regular schedule, call first


White Plains Hospital 

33 Davis Avenue

White Plains, NY 10601

Director of Community Outreach

(P) 914-849-2556

White Plains Public Schools Food Distribution to White Plains District Students:
Breakfast and Lunch Weekdays between 10 am and 1 pm at:
Eastview in front of the auditorium entrance, WPHS at the Athletic Circle, Church Street School  Parking Lot, Rochambeau High School Lower Parking Lot and Post Road School Parking Lot

  • .  Students or parents must show ID that their children are enrolled in the White Plains City School District and the building they attend. 

    • For families that need additional food support please go to Feeding Westchester for temporary food distribution site.



Grace La Gracia  Shopping Sisters Program

Grace Episcopal Church

33 Church Street, White Plains NY  10601

LINDA GALLO: 914-582-2596 or emai : 

Need Groceries? Supplies? If you are in need of these, know you will have someone to help. A coordinated network will be set up as follows:

  • 1) Send Linda an email or phone her to let her know your needs. In turn, she will contact a volunteer to assist you who will then contact you (be sure to give Linda your contact information). The volunteer will then speak with you directly.
  • 2) The Shopping Sister will then shop your list and deliver to you to an agreed upon location (your home, apartment, etc.) and time.
  • 3) Upon completion of your shopping, the Shopping Sister will let you know the bill. You will then leave a check/cash for her in a mailbox or agreed upon location

Family Services of Westchester  

RideConnect, a program of Family Services of Westchester, has been providing volunteer based transportation for over 10 years to older adults in Westchester & Southern Putnam counties. These rides are for medical, shopping, social visits, religious services and more. At this time, while RideConnect continues to provide this volunteer based transportation for critical medical appointments, they  have also enlisted volunteers to do essential shopping for older adults such as groceries, and medication pick-ups. If you, or someone you know would benefit from being matched up with a volunteer to get your essential items, please contact RideConnect  at (914) 242-7433 or via email at


Meals on Wheels White Plains 

Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers with a commitment to delivering both food and compassion to  neighbors in need. Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains serves members of our community who are unable to shop or prepare adequate meals themselves. They are making deliveries twice a week and providing a frozen meal for the days they don’t visit. They have initiated a no-contact delivery method. if you would like to sign up for meal delivery through Meals on Wheels White Plains, please call (914) 946-6878 

If you need help getting groceries email

AREA SUPERMARKETS - Special Hours designated for customers aged 60 years or older or for those with compromised immune systems:   

Whole Foods Market
110 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY 10605 

Special Hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM each day. 

Stop and Shop
154 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY  10604

670 North Broadway, White Plains, NY  10603

Special Hours: Customers over 60 years old as well as customers with compromised immune systems can shop from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM each day. 

13 City Pl, White Plains, NY 10601 

Special Hours 7 AM - 8 AM everyday 

Trader Joe’s
215 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY  10530

Special Hours: 8AM - 9AM: Open to  senior customers (age 60 and over) and customers with disabilities who may need extra assistance 

H Mart 
371 N Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

Special hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM each day is reserved for seniors, pregnant women and the handicapped. 


Roosters Market: 

Juice Press Organic Grocery (Tuesdays & Thursdays) :

Panera Bread Grocery: 

The Chef’s Warehouse: 

Ace Endico: 




Fresh Direct:


Local restaurants are offering curbside pickup, take-out, and/or delivery. Some food delivery apps, including UberEats, are waiving their delivery fees. If a restaurant isn’t on an app, ordering is sometimes available on their website or by phone.  For a list of White Plains restaurants offering these services go to:


If you need a mask email

If you have food insecurity  email:

If you would like to volunteer email:

City of White Plains Dept of Recreation and Parks

Is emailing a weekly newsletter for all ages. Please call (914) 422-1336 to be added to the email list. 

The Recreation & Parks Department will be offering a Day Play Program this summer in place of its traditional day camp. This 4-week program will be offered July 20 through August 14 and is geared toward children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. For more information, go to the City website, 

The Green grass areas at Turnure Park, Gillie Park and Delfino Park are available for passive use  City Parks are open for passive use but courts, playgrounds and facilities are closed.  The track at Eastview Middle School is open. The tracks at WP High School and Highlands Middle School are closed due to maintenance. Please observe social distancing while enjoying the outdoors  and masks are required. 

White Plains Public Library

The Library has reconfigured its website to prioritize its digital resources and streaming media options. Access the Library website by clicking here: The Library also continues to send out weekly e-newsletters that highlight virtual activities and resources for adults, teens and children. Sign up through the website.

The White Plains Public Library has launched Documenting COVID-19: White Plains Experiences and  wants to hear about you, what you’re doing, how you’re doing, what you see outside your window. Contributions to the Library’s collection can be anything, from a three-line poem to a 200-page diary, from a photograph to an oil painting.  To find out more about this project, and to submit your documents, visit:

United Way of Westchester and Putnam

As a convener and provider of resources, United Way has always been uniquely positioned in the community, in partnership with the nonprofit and government sector, to respond, provide assistance and support residents during times of uncertainty.  United Way has a 24/7 help line. Dial 211 and press “2” for connections to Coronavirus-related resources. 

DOROT of Westchester 

DOROT works with older adults, providing vital services and companionship to those who have difficulty leaving home without support.  Programs Include  Caring Calls, DOROT’s new program bringing warmth, conversation and social connection to older adults in isolation due to COVID-19 and University without Walls which offers popular programs in the arts, literature, current events and more, for more information visit .  

Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) 

Offers  assistance to  seniors (age 60 and over) by phone. Their staff can provide information and referrals to help seniors get the resources needed. Seniors can call Judy Fink at (914)761-0600, ext. 2340. 


During this difficult time, The LOFT is providing:

  • 21 Virtual Support Groups to the local LGBTQ community
  • grocery runs for the most vulnerable (seniors, immune-compromised, and  those with special needs)
  • conducting daily check-in calls on those living alone and those who are vulnerable.
  • providing resource information, advocacy, and access through their helpline and website.
  •  website: and/or email or calling 914 948 2932 ext 10 or 1

The Childcare Council of Westchester

The Child Care Council of Westchester has announced that they are offering child care scholarships for first responders & essential workers. To learn more:…/200-child-care-schol 

Westchester Residential Opportunities

WRO promotes equal, affordable & accessible housing opportunities for all residents in our region and is available to answer questions regarding the federal eviction moratorium 


COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline 

In New York, thousands of mental health professionals have volunteered to support their neighbors during this time of crisis. Residents can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for counseling services.

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources 

St. Vincent’s Hospital - Westchester offers these resources to help with managing stress and anxiety:
NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 844-863-9314, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week
NYS OASAS Hopeline: 877-846-7369, Text 467369, 7 days a week

Volunteer Opportunities

Our community is stepping up in a time of need. If you would like to help, please email,  or access VolunteerNY! at,  the Volunteer Center of United Way at  914-948-4452 or the American Red Cross at .

The Friends of White Plains Hospita

The Friends of White Plains Hospital has several options for residents to show their appreciation and gratitude for the tireless efforts of nurses, doctors, and countless other essential workers fighting to keep our community safe.  Show your support for our healthcare heroes:

Project #WPHCommunityLove --;  or by contributing the hospital’s COVID-19 Relief fund:


Go to and enter your address for a list of testing sites near you.


Westchester County government, in conjunction with the Westchester Medical Center, is offering COVID-19 antibody testing at the Westchester County Center. Antibody testing may show if an individual has ever been infected with the virus, even if they did not have symptoms. It is important to note that this test does not detect active infection. For that you need Diagnostic testing. If you are interested in getting an antibody test, call 914.326.2060 to schedule an appointment at the Westchester County Center on Route 119. Testing is available Monday through Saturday,  an appointment is required. To schedule an appointment call (914) 326-2060. In most cases, results are shared within 48 hours. 


If you are a recovered patient and are interested in donating your plasma to help others, please go to the New York Blood Center website at 

New York Blood Center
New York Blood Center

American Red Cross 


COVID-19 Contact Tracers, Team Supervisors and Community Support Specialists Needed
New York State (NYS) is launching a new, ambitious and urgent effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aim of this initiative will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, establish all contacts of this person, and proceed to call and maintain ongoing communication with every contact

Visit the NYS Contact Tracing Initiative Webpage to apply to be part of the Contact Tracing Team.


The City of White Plains

Executive Order regarding Face Masks

All persons must wear facial coverings when visiting or patronizing businesses and when working at or for such businesses, including groceries and pharmacies;  food service businesses, including restaurants, cafes and delis that provide carry out, walk up or delivery service; construction sites; public transit vehicles or facilities; vehicles for hire, including taxis; and when visiting any location where social distancing of at least six feet from another person is not possible.  All delivery, service and repair workers must wear facial coverings when they are within 6 feet of the entrance to or on the premises of any office, business or residence.   Facial coverings include any covering which snugly covers the mouth and nose, whether store bought or homemade, and which is secured with ties or ear loops. This Emergency Order which requires the wearing of facial coverings does not change or alter any operational or social distancing requirements imposed by NYS Executive Order.

Masks are required inside public establishments and outside when it is likely you will be within 6 feet of others such as on the sidewalk or while on the running tracks.

If you need a mask, email

Outdoor Dining in White Plains 

Effective June 9th, 2020, Pursuant to  the Governor’s Executive Order Outdoor Dining  tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated 

Interest and Penalties on Late Payment of County Taxes Waived for Qualified Taxpayers

The City of White Plains has waived interest and penalties on late payment of County taxes for qualified taxpayers.  County tax bills are payable until April 30th without penalties or interests, but for those taxpayers who meet the qualifying standards, the bills may be paid until July 15th without penalty or interest. The documents setting forth the qualifying standards for being eligible for the penalty and interest waiver can be found here.  You can email your penalty and interest waiver to or fax to 914-422-1236. 

Westchester County Information on Novel Coronavirus

  Westchester County Coronavirus information 

You can also call the Westchester County Department of Health Coronavirus hotline at (1-866) 588-0195. 

To report price gouging in Westchester County : 

The Westchester County Bee-Line bus system will resume Full Service on Monday, June 15th. 

Metro-North has also begun to ramp up its train service with additional service beginning Monday.

 For information please visit 

New York State Information on Novel Coronavirus

If you need assistance in determining if your business is deemed essential under the governor’s executive order or want to apply for an essential business designation please go to 

Information on Novel Coronavirus : 

For Coronavirus inquiries, you can reach the New York State Department of Health’s hotline at (1-833) 626-7662 and (1-855) 626-7662. 

Call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 

Revised testing criteria has been announced for all first responders, healthcare workers and essential workers.  

New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. This enables New York State to prioritize resources to meet the public health need. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website

Learn the Testing Criteria and Find a Testing Site:  Please call the testing site or your health care provider before you go for testing.

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

  • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.

  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.  

NYS makes additional statewide and county-by-county data available at

Executive Order Requiring the Wearing of Facial Coverings:

Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public.

Executive Order Issued Requiring Wearing of Facial Coverings 

If you need a mask email


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Mid-Hudson Region, of which Westchester County is a part, has met all 7 metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan starting Tuesday, May 26. Phase one includes construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup, and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

A reminder to businesses: All businesses must file an affirmation with New York State indicating that they have reviewed the reopening guidance provided by the state and understand their obligation to operate in accordance with that guidance. Businesses reopening as part of phase one may complete this document online at: 


Phase 1 reopening under Governor Cuomo’s plan includes the following industries and businesses.

• Building Equipment Contractors
• Building Finishing Contractors
• Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
• Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
• Land Subdivision
• Nonresidential Building Construction
• Residential Building Construction
• Utility System Construction

• Apparel Manufacturing
• Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
• Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
• Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
• Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
• Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
• Machinery Manufacturing
• Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
• Paper Manufacturing
• Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
• Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
• Printing and Related Support Activities
• Textile Mills
• Textile Product Mills
• Wood Product Manufacturing
• Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Wholesale Trade
• Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
• Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
• Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
• Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
• Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
• Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
• Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
• Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
• Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
• Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
• Miscellaneous Non-durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

Retail Delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses:
• Clothing Stores
• Direct Selling Establishments
• Electronics and Appliance Stores
• Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
• Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
• Florists
• General Merchandise Stores
• Health and Personal Care Stores
• Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
• Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
• Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
• Used Merchandise Stores
• Shoe Stores
• Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
• Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
• Other Crop Production
• Support Activities for Animal Production
• Support Activities for Crop Production
• Support Activities for Forestry
• Other Animal Production



Outdoor Dining 

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order Outdoor Dining  tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated 

Businesses reopening in Phase 2 include:
• Offices
• Real Estate
• Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail
• Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
• Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
• Commercial Building Management
• Hair Salons and Barbershops

The NYS Summary Guidelines, Detailed Guidance and Affirmation, Business Safety Plan Template for Phase Two businesses can be found here: 


Each company seeking to reopen must read the detailed Guidance provided by NYS and submit an affirmation.

NYS Guidance for Phase One of reopening:

All businesses must file an affirmation with New York State indicating that they have reviewed the reopening guidance provided by the state and understand their obligation to operate in accordance with that guidance. Businesses reopening as part of phase one may complete this document online at:

All businesses seeking to reopen must document a detailed plan for a safe reopening.

Business Safety Plan templates are available at


New York State Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance

The best way to file a new unemployment insurance claim is online. The application has been updated so New Yorkers can apply for Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. 

If you need further assistance,  please contact your state senator or assembly member. 

For information on the New York State paid leave program ://

The NYS Department of Financial Services

NYS has provided guidance to mortgage servicers regarding support for borrowers impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For Mortgage Information call your mortgage servicer and visit the NYS Department of Financial Services website to learn more about the Governor’s Executive Order providing 90-day mortgage relief:

NYS Executive Order which Governs Moratorium on Eviction

The state’s moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions will be extended until August 20. New York is also banning fees for late or missed payments during the eviction moratorium. Renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 are also allowed to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time. 

Find additional information and frequently asked questions for renters and tenants.

NYS Executive Order 202.15

The Democratic Presidential Primary is reinstated for June 23, 2020, due to court order. Executive Order 202.15 allows voters who are affected by COVID-19 pandemic and wish to apply to vote by absentee ballot to utilize the absentee ballot application  

The U.S. Federal Government

The CARES Act 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)  Act provides economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserves jobs.

The Center for Disease Control

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness 


White Plains ALERTS Community Notification System:
Sign up for White Plains ALERTS, the City of White Plains Community and Emergency Notification System here:

For more information about White Plains ALERTS, go to: 

The Journal News

is offering The Lohud’s Coronavirus Watch newsletter providing updates on how the coronavirus is affecting your community and the nation - free


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