How to Help Health Care Workers, Hungry Children and the Elderly During the Pandemic

Health Care worker

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify, you might be wondering the best way to help others while you are sheltering in place. From helping front line health care workers get personal protective apparel, to feeding food insecure kids while they are home from school, and the elderly, here are some ways that you can help during this unprecedented pandemic.  

Helping Health Care Workers

Our front line health care workers are at a very high risk, and facing the surge of this pandemic with a lack of basic equipment like masks, gowns and gloves. Donations can be made to:

Cities across the country are looking to work with local manufacturers to make masks for front line workers.

If you know people with masks and want to get them to the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti recently launched this city site and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is accepting donations here.

  • Mask Match is a site where health care workers can ask for masks, and people can give what they have, all from the comfort of their homes. 
  • Masks4Medicine Facebook page was started by New York City based Dr. Nicole Seminara from NYU Langone Health soliciting homemade masks from the public. 
  • Feed a Doc lets you volunteer your time and matches you with someone who can use help with things like running errands, childcare, and cleaning. 
  • World Central Kitchen lets you give meals to front line workers. 

Feeding Food Insecure Children

The schools in cities like New York and Los Angeles were hesitant to close, because many kids receive their only meal of the day while at school. The USDA has been working hard to extend meal programs, and several nonprofits are helping feed food insecure children: 

Feeding the Elderly 

Feeding the elderly is also a challenge during this time, as they are a population that is high risk.

Meals on Wheels faces an increased need for volunteers and donations right now. 

*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected

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