Food Resources

Free Children’s Meals in Florida Text: FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 Call: 211

Second Harvest Food Bank: Food assistance provided locally. Search by zip code to find nearby locations. *Call before arriving to be sure times/locations have not changed!

Burger King: Offering 2 free kids meals with the purchase of an adult meal ordered online or through the Burger King smart phone app

Financial Assistance 

Coronavirus Internet Offer For Students: Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet for students K-12. 

Spectrum News 13 live stream is also free to the public Call: 1-844-488-8395 -- Installation fees will be waived Comcast: "Internet Essentials" Package Free: Available for low-income customers for 60 days

Orange County Government Rental Assistance: This program offers one-time rental assistance for those who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To apply, individuals call to schedule an appointment. There is a list of required documentation on the website.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: Reemployment Assistance Benefits due to COVID-19 (Formerly known as unemployment assistance). The application for benefits can be filled out online for individuals whose hours have been cut or who have been laid off due to COVID-19 (individuals quarantined or taking care of a family member with a diagnosed case are also eligible). 

Crisis Assistance Program: Mortgage, rent and utility assistance for residents of Orange County who have insufficient resources to meet emergency needs. Appointments are made by calling (407) 836-6500.

United Way Recovery Fund: In response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, Heart of Florida United Way has established a fund to support Central Florida residents whose financial stability is being impacted. The focus of the fund is to support the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed) population experiencing hardship due to decreased hours or unpaid leave.

Orange County: Water, Garbage & Utilities: Service disconnections for water customers are temporarily suspended through March 31. For assistance, please contact Orange County Utilities at 407-836-5515.

Salvation Army: Emergency financial assistance is available for individuals who have been an Orange County resident for at least one year. This resource is limited and individuals can call 407-423-8581 x26491 to schedule an appointment or receive more information.

Mental Health Resources 

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Resources on how to take care of emotional help, helping children cope, etc. 

Aspire Health Partners -Mental Health Assistance & Support 407-875-3700 Ext. 2

Crisis Text Line: Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. Free, confidential 24/7 support with a Crisis Counselor: Text “HOME” to 741741.

Florida Blue: Licensed clinicians are available to speak to anyone in Florida free of charge in both English and Spanish, including those who do not have insurance or have coverage with another health plan. The emotional support line can be reached at 833-848-1762

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce your stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help you think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect your family—both physically and emotionally—and what you can do to help your family cope. 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness. 1-800-273-8255

Tips/resources for parents to explain virus to children:

Brainpop explaining coronavirus


How to explain COVID-19 and social distancing to your kids