Today, Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenney announced the closing of non-essential businesses, bars, and restaurants except for take-out, in Philadelphia and throughout the Commonwealth. Governor Wolf also announced that gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited for eight weeks in accordance with the Center for Disease Control. Further announcements about small business relief, emergency unemployment compensation, and public benefits are under consideration.
Free food for school children and families is available.
Philadelphia School District
Up to two non-perishable meals for youth will be available for pick-up Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue.
The following recreation centers will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.:
- Lonnie Young, 1100 E. Chelten Avenue 19138
- Belfield, 2109 W. Chew Avenue 19138
- Dorothy Emanuel, 8500 Pickering Street 19150
- Water Tower, 209-299 E. Hartwell Lane 19118
One meal per child will be provided at 3 p.m. at these locations.
Montgomery County School Districts
Abington School District
The Abington School District is coordinating with food panties for food distribution. Please visit the District's Coronavirus Resource Center website at: https://www.abington.k12.pa.us/news/coronavirus-resource-center/. The site provides information on food pantries and resources for low-income families to use free broadband internet.
Cheltenham School District
The Cheltenham School District is distributing food on Wednesdays 18 and 25 of March from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Administration Building located at 2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. Contact Dr. Cheryl Horsey at 215-881-6333 or email her at email@example.com. Dr. Horsey and the Office of Student Services are reaching out to families who may need these resources.
Jenkintown School District
The School District is distributing food on Wednesdays 18 and 25 of March from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the rear car loop on Highland Avenue behind the school building. Contact Board President Maya Cheek for further arrangements beyond the food bag distribution at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springfield School District
The Springfield School District is distributing food beginning Wednesday, 18 March and for every weekday while school is closed at the Middle School Cafeteria between 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has stopped utility shut-offs including: electricity, gas, water, wastewater, telecommunications, and steam utility terminations. For more information please visit their website at: http://www.puc.pa.gov/about_puc/press_releases.aspx?ShowPR=4326
Vote by Mail
For the 28 April primary election and thereafter, you can vote securely by mail. Please apply to vote by mail at: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx.
Please be informed: price increases due to Coronavirus are illegal. Please report any exorbitant price increases to the office of the Attorney General at email@example.com. Attorney General Shapiro will investigate and order the businesses to cease and desist.
Please work from home if you can.
Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.
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