As this situation develops, we are all dealing with significant change and uncertainty in our daily lives. In these difficult times, it is crucial for us to practice community care, and do what we can to look out for and support each other, especially our most vulnerable neighbors, and local small businesses. It is on this foundation of mutual care and aid that we will later be able to best recover from this shock to our community.
If you are well, and able to help your neighbors, now is a great time to check in to see if they need help getting groceries, medication, supplies, or just need someone to talk to! While this situation impacts all of us, it can be especially stressful for our neighbors who are immuno-compromised, disabled, elderly, or chronically ill. If you haven’t yet, now is the time to knock on some doors, or leave a note, and get to know and offer support to your neighbors (while still keeping a safe distance!)
If you need help, ask! Community members across the City are eager to help you, to guarantee that we can all make it through this difficult time together.
You can request help from, or volunteer time and resources to neighbors across the city using The Philadelphia Mutual Aid Network.
Again, if you have specific questions and concerns about the situation you are dealing with, the N5SRP team is ready to support you and point you to any resources that you may need in this time.
The City of Philadelphia is continuously monitoring the situation, and providing updates. While non-essential city services have been halted, essential city services are still in operation.
The City is providing free, nutritious food for anyone facing challenges during the crisis. Residents can pick up food boxes (lasts up to five days) for their households, as well as meals for youth impacted by school closures. No ID required.