4th Middlesex COVID-19 Community Resources

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.

Visit my Coronavirus Updates Page

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

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FOOD ASSISTANCE

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:

Project Bread

Greater Boston Food Bank 

Arlington EATS

FoodLink 

Food for Free 

Billerica Community Pantry

Burlington Food Pantry

Lexington Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry

Woburn Council of Social Concern

Open Table Inc.

Meals on Wheels 

Billerica Meals on Wheels 

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 ankatwyrlhome@gmail.com.  

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. 

More information can be found here 

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.

For the most up-to-date information available, click here  

View a map of locations here

Please be aware that plans are continuously changing, so continue checking back if you do not find any meals for your community.

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ARLINGTON

Arlington Public Schools
Thompson School
187 Everett St, Arlington, MA 02474

Lunch
10:30AM-12PM
Meals will be distributed “to-go” in the lobby.

BILLERICA

Billerica Public Schools
Billerica Memorial High School
35 River St, Billerica, MA 021821

9:00-11:00AM
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 rroach@shawtech.org 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.

BURLINGTON

People Helping People
St. Mark’s Church
10 St. Marks Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

Bulk Lunch Foods
Tuesdays 3:00PM-7:00PM
Bulk lunch foods available weekly for families who receive free or reduced-price meals at school.

LEXINGTON

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 ksilvia@lexingtonma.org.

If you believe you are eligible, but have not received a communication, please contact David Coelho at dcoelho@lexingtonma.org.

Families who need transportation or assistance with delivery should contact Johnny Cole, LPS Director of Equity and Student Supports  at jcole@lexingtonma.org.

Boston families can go to any of the sites open to free/reduced meal cost students through Boston Public Schools.

WOBURN

Woburn Public Schools 
Altavesta Elementary School
980 ½ Main St, Woburn, MA 01801

Lunch
11:00AM-1:00PM

Woburn Memorial High School
88 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA 01801

Lunch
11:00AM-1:00PM

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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).

For tips for people with mental illness, visit this website

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. 

Review the FAQ here

HELPLINES

Crisis Text Line, a nationwide service. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Text TALK to 741741. 

Learn more 

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. 

Learn more 

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.

Learn more 

LGBTQ Parent & Caregiver Helpline, from Greater Boston PFLAG. Call 866-427-3524. 

Learn more 

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.

Learn more  

Veteran’s Crisis Line, from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Call 800-273-8255. 

Learn more

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

Learn more

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Network of Care Massachusetts 

Strategies to Promote Mental Health 

Talking to Kids About COVID-19: A Parent Resource 

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Preventing Stigma Related to COVID 

Manage Anxiety and Stress 

Coping with Fear and Uncertainty 

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WELLNESS & ACTIVITIES

ARLINGTON

The Arlington Center offers virtual yoga sessions

Arlington Center for the Arts has fun and creative ideas to keep you safe and connected, while beating those social distancing blues

Arlington’s Children’s Theater offers online workshops

Arlington Community Education is compiling a list of no-cost resources provided by instructors to keep students engaged and learning 

Robbins Library Virtual Storytime, Robbins and Fox librarians will offer online storytime on Facebook Live on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. while the library is closed

BILLERICA

Billerica Public Library has library resources and services during closing, including remote story time

BURLINGTON

Burlington Public Library has a Stay At Home Library that will keep you amused and informed 

LEXINGTON

Lexington Community Center is offering lots of fun virtual activities for adults and kids

Lexington Community Coalition offers resources and reflections for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cary Library provides a list of resources for educational and physical activities for kids

Lexington Human Services Department has a COVID-19 Community Resources List

WOBURN

Woburn Public Schools Extended Learning has suggested activities and resources to continue learning at home

Woburn Public Library provides resources including educational and artistic activities, as well as financial and good assistance information

Social Capital, Inc. strengthens communities by connecting diverse individuals and organization through civic engagement initiatives

STATEWIDE:

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.

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ACADEMIC RESOURCES

Scholastic Learn At Home from Scholastic. Twenty days’ worth of free learning journeys that span the content areas. 

Jumpstart: Free online resources for grades K-5 that includes activities in math, social studies, science, and more. 

Amazing Educational Resources for Kids, from Amazing Educational Resources Facebook group. A compilation of websites offering free online games, activities, teaching, and tech tools for kids. 

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely, from Freelance Artists Resources. Creative activities, indoors and outdoors. 

Just for Kids – A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus, from NPR. 

PODCAST

How to Survive Being Quarantined with Your Kids, from Mindful Mama. Strategies for adults and kids. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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

Resources for Parents and Kids Cooped Up at Home, compiled by How to be Human. Organized by academic subject and age. 

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SOCIAL DISTANCING

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: 

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart

Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day

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STAY CONNECTED

Each municipality in the 4thMiddlesex District is providing regular updates on their websites. Please make it a habit to check the following resources:

Town of Arlington Updates

Town of Billerica Updates

Town of Burlington Updates

Town of Lexington Updates

City of Woburn Updates

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.