Food, Unemployment & Public Benefits

Get Access to Food

With many parents being laid off because of COVID-19, and school being closed, it is important to make sure children and adults still have access to nourishing meals.

  • The New Haven Public Schools have quick pick up of meals at several dozen sites.  They are open from 9 am to noon, Monday to Friday.  Full list of locations.

Unemployment Insurance & Public Benefits

  • CT has expanded access to Unemployment Insurance (UI) for COVID-19 related furloughs, layoffs and hour cutbacks.  They have also extended UI to school employees who would not otherwise be covered in the summers and school vacations. There is no wait time to get benefits. For more information, click here. 


  • While Temporary Family Assistance recipients often are required to have an in-person meeting for recertification, this has been waived by Governor Lamont.  Call the DSS Client Information Line and Benefits Center at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632) and follow the prompts for the information you need.


  • As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to threaten public health, Access Health CT announced a NEW Special Enrollment Period for these exceptional circumstances available from March 19 through April 2, 2020, for qualified uninsured Connecticut residents. To see if you qualify, call them between 8AM – 5PM, Monday - Friday.


  • Student loan borrowers with federal loans will be able to suspend their federal student loan payments without penalty and without accruing interest for at least 60 days. Borrowers who have federally held loans will have to make a request of their loan servicers/lenders over the phone or online.


  • Through their new "Q & A Blog Series" written by Connecticut Voices for Children's Distinguished Senior Fellow Shelley Geballe, J.D., M.P.H., Connecticut Voices for Children will be providing descriptions of, and updates about, government programs that can help you and your family survive the COVID-19 pandemic. This blog will start with an overview of federal and state programs that help parents and other workers who suddenly find themselves out of work, sick with the virus, or needing to care for others who are ill, or to care for their children because schools are closed.


  • If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, The New York Times is here to help. This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.


  • This document from a local mutual aid network connects to a form for community members to share the needs they have and/or skills and resources they can offer in public or private formats so they can receive support from their neighbors. Mutual aid networks allow for greater reliance on community resources especially when there is a delay in government resources that can quickly serve community needs.


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