COVID-19 UPDATES for FPA Students and Families
COVID-19 UPDATE as of 3/22/20
Franklinton Preparatory Academy will begin Distance Learning tomorrow. Teachers are ready to go and have lessons plans and projects for students to complete. Seniors will be able to graduate if they complete their work on time. Students who need a computer should come to school on Monday between 11 am and 1 pm to pick one up. We will also be providing grab and go breakfasts and lunches Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Stay tuned for more information and stay healthy!
FREE MEALS FOR ALL CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER
During the extended canceling of classes (through Friday, April 3), CCS will offer meals for ALL children age 18 and under, Monday through Friday.
The meals will be "grab and go" style, and kids will also be able to pick up lunch at breakfast, or pick up the next day's breakfast at lunch. Also, per federal regulations, children 18 and under must be in attendance in order to pick up food. Please click here for more information and a map of locations and free COTA bus routes and information
FREE INTERNET ACCESS
Community partners are offering free internet access to families, for a limited time. The information below is based on news reports from the companies:
Spectrum/Charter Communications: Families without internet will be able to get the service at no cost for 60 days from Charter Communications/Spectrum. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. The service won't be free after 60 days. Customers will have to notify the company to cancel the service to avoid regular pricing. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Comcast/Xfinity: New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. The company also shared that it will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact the company that they can’t pay their bills during this period. To sign up, applicants can visit www.internetessentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English and 855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Additional Food Resources
The following organizations are providing groceries to individuals and families with a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line:
- All Peoples Fresh Market (945 Parsons Avenue – South Side)
- Operated by Community Development for All People, they are providing food via drive-thru and walk-thru options. No appointment necessary.
- Hours: Tuesday - Friday from 11am - 5pm; Saturday from 9am-1pm
- Kroger Food Pantry (3960 Brookham Drive - Grove City)
- Operated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank, they are providing food via a drive-thru box pick-up. No appointment necessary.
- Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30am-12pm; Wednesday 8:30am-12pmand 5- 7pm; Saturday 8:30am-1:30pm
- St. Stephen’s Community House (1500 E. 17th Avenue – Linden)
- St. Stephen’s Community House’s pantry remains open for pick-up of pre-boxed food to take home. Consumers are invited to visit once per week and there is no zip code restriction for Franklin County residents.
- Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from noon-3pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 3-6pm
- Please visit their website in advance of your visit to ensure you have the proper materials for approval.
- Champion Food Pantry (1460 S. Champion Avenue – South Side)
- Operated by Lutheran Social Services, they are providing both perishables (no appointment required) and groceries (appointment required).
- Hours (Perishables only, no appointment): Monday 11am-1pm; Tuesday 2:30 - 4pm; Friday 11am-1pm
- Hours (Scheduled order pick-ups): Tuesday 1:30-4pm; Wednesday 10am-3pm; Thursday 3-5pm; Friday noon-2pm
Children's Hunger Alliance is also offering ready-to-eat meals Mondays-Fridays outside three Columbus Metropolitan Library branches. Any child 18 and under can pick-up two meals to take home. Visit https://childrenshungeralliance.org/coronavirus-update/ for the most current information on locations and times for meal pick-up.
Matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family. To be clear, we can't commit to reimbursing every single person in need -It works like this: 1. Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card 2. Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free 3. Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy 4. SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card 5. Submit it to email@example.com 6. Set up your bank account to receive the funds 7. So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.
Other Resource Numbers:
- Franklin County Child Abuse Reporting Hotline: (614) 229-7000
- 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-TALK
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
- Runaway Hotline: 1-800-786-2929
For immediate safety concerns regarding yourself or others, call 911.
Ohio's coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634.
Mental health emergency (under 18): Nationwide Psychiatric Crisis Line at (614) 722-1800.
Mental health emergency (ages 18 and older): (614) 276-CARE (2273) or (888) 276-2273.
Mental Health Support (Texting): text the keyword "HELLO" to 741741 and expect a reply from a trained support person.