Friends of Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Lexington, and Woburn: I have created this COVID-19 Community Resources page to direct you to helpful information and resources in our community as we continue to address the coronavirus outbreak. I will update this page with new information as I receive it – please make it a habit to check this page and my Coronavirus Updates page regularly.
In addition, I will continue to provide updates on my various social media platforms, including Facebook @CindyFriedmanMA, Twitter @CindyFriedmanMA, and Instagram @sencindyfriedman. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office by phone at (617) 722-1432 or by email at Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov.
Food insecurity is becoming a serious issue for many residents in Massachusetts and throughout our district due to the coronavirus outbreak. If you or someone you know needs food assistance, please contact Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline, a toll-free hotline that is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger. Call 1-800-645-8333 and Project Bread will connect you to food resources in your community.
In addition, please consider donating to your local food pantry and refer to the following resources to find out how you can help food insecure families in our district and the Commonwealth:
Twyrl@Home: restaurant in Arlington that prepares and delivers pasta meals. Through April 15th when you purchase a meal, they will deliver two free meals to a senior in the community (includes Lexington). Contact: twyrlhome.com/senior-citizen-initiative or 781-859-3123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson Farm, Lexington: Offering free grocery delivery for online orders. Visit: www.mercato.com/shop/wilson-farm or www.wilsonfarm.com
Pantry Directory, from FoodPantries.org. Search by municipality.
Project Bread’s School Closure Meal Site Finder – With school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many schools and community partners are preparing to make meals available to students when school is closed.
Please be aware that plans are continuously changing, so continue checking back if you do not find any meals for your community.
Arlington Public Schools
187 Everett St, Arlington, MA 02474
Meals will be distributed “to-go” in the lobby.
Billerica Public Schools
Billerica Memorial High School
35 River St, Billerica, MA 021821
Free curbside grab & go meals will be available to all Billerica Public Schools students. All food must be taken and consumed off-site.
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
100 Cook St, Billerica, MA 01821
Breakfast & Lunch 11:00AM-12:00PM
Free “grab n go” meals for students who receive free and reduced meals. Notify Mr. Roach, via e-mail at email@example.com by 2PM the day before so we can ensure all food is made fresh every morning and that we have enough on hand. Please include diet restrictions.
People Helping People
St. Mark’s Church
10 St. Marks Rd, Burlington, MA 01803
Bulk Lunch Foods
Bulk lunch foods available weekly for families who receive free or reduced-price meals at school.
The District will provide all LPS students who are enrolled in the free and reduced-cost meal program with breakfast and lunch bags Monday through Friday until school is back in session. The District is contacting eligible families with further details.
For questions regarding orders, please contact Kevin Silvia at 781-861-2320 x69107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe you are eligible, but have not received a communication, please contact David Coelho at email@example.com.
Families who need transportation or assistance with delivery should contact Johnny Cole, LPS Director of Equity and Student Supports at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston families can go to any of the sites open to free/reduced meal cost students through Boston Public Schools.
Woburn Public Schools
Altavesta Elementary School
980 ½ Main St, Woburn, MA 01801
Woburn Memorial High School
88 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA 01801
MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT
The coronavirus outbreak has left many people with mental health conditions increasingly worrisome. If you need to talk to someone, text the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) to 741741 or call the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
NAMI has also issued a helpful FAQ that includes information and resources for those who may be struggling to cope with the impacts of COVID-19.
Crisis Text Line, a nationwide service. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Text TALK to 741741.
Samaritans know that during this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Please know that we are here for you. Call or text our 24/7 helpline any time at 877-870-4673.
National Parent Helpline. Call 800-4A-PARENT to talk to an operator or go to the website for a roundup of resources including health and mental health, personal safety, parenting, child development.
LGBTQ Parent & Caregiver Helpline, from Greater Boston PFLAG. Call 866-427-3524.
Parental Stress Line, from Parents Helping Parents. Trained volunteer counselors offer non-judgemental ways to relieve stress relating to their children and parenting. Multiple languages spoken. Call 800-632-8188.
Veteran’s Crisis Line, from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Call 800-273-8255.
William James Interface Referral Service, a mental health and wellness referral Helpline. This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals across the lifespan living in Lexington. Contact: 888-244-6843 (toll free) available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm
WELLNESS & ACTIVITIES
YMCA 360: ON-DEMAND VIDEOS, find your favorite Y classes for all ages, wherever you are.
YMCA of Cambridge is providing virtual workout options and virtual resources for parents.
YMCA of Greater Boston, family resources including virtual activities and extended learning.
Distance Learning Center, from WGBH. Digital resources from PBS LearningMedia for grades PreK-12, which are aligned to national and state standards, and include videos, comprehensive lessons, and other activities
The #1 thing we all MUST do right now is practice social distancing. This means limiting your interaction with friends, family and members of your community for the foreseeable future by discontinuing visits to public places like restaurants, movie theaters, and bars – and encouraging the people you know to do the same. Even if you do not show symptoms of COVID-19, you can still contract the virus and pass it on to others who are more vulnerable, like the elderly and individuals whose immune systems are compromised. If you’re wondering whether it’s an overreaction to cancel large events and practice social distancing, I encourage you to read the following articles:
Each municipality in the 4thMiddlesex District is providing regular updates on their websites. Please make it a habit to check the following resources:
In addition, please contact my office by phone at (617) 722-1432, by email at Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov or through social media if you have any questions or concerns, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.