Resources for Families During COVID-19 

March 30, 2020

SCAN continues to gather valuable resources available for children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you know of an additional resource we should include, please send an email with details to [email protected].


2-1-1 Virginia is a free service that can help you find the resources you need. Dial 2-1-1. 

The CDC’s COVID-19 Support for Parents 

City of Alexandria’s COVID-19 Wellness Resource Guide 

Arlington County’s COVID-19 Updates 

Fairfax County’s COVID-19 Assistance from a Distance 

Loudoun County’s COVID-19 Updates 

Loudoun Human Services NetworkCOVID-19 Resources and Service Updates 

Loudoun Cares COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities and Needs

Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier CountiesCommunity Emergency Relief Fund   

Loudoun County Needs Assistance   

COVID19 Resources for Survivors and Service Providers from Futures Without Violence

Prince William County’s COVID-19 Information 

“Prepare for Coronavirus” Tips from KidsHealth 

Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus from MaryBridge 

Arlington Thrive — Emergency Support 

Find Help (Food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic) 

APS WhatsApp en Español — email [email protected] with the name, school and cell phone number of the person to be added. Connecting Arlington Spanish Speaking Parent Leaders.  

Public Health Degrees (2U Inc.) – Learning About the Coronavirus: Resources for Children and Families



AT&T new “Temporary Relief” prepaid plans:

Other AT&T COVID-19 information:

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Comcast is now providing free “Internet Essentials” service to low-income families for 60-days. Sign-up is available online here: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 



The ChildMind Institue is providing: 

  • Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians (10am and 4.30pm) 
  • Remote evaluations and telemedicine 
  • Phone consultations for follow-up about Facebook Live events and other questions about the best way to manage kids at home
  • Daily tips for parenting during the crisis, via email 

Learn more here. 


City of Alexandria’s Coping with COVID-19 Fear and Uncertainty  

Arlington County’s COVID-19 Mental Wellness Resources 

ChildTrend’s Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) offers MyStrength web and mobile tools to help parents with self care, wellbeing and more. Visit www.mystrength.com and use the access code CSBCommunity. 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus   

PBS’s “How You and Your Child Can De-Stress During Coronavirus” 

Prince William County’s “Manage Anxiety & Stress” during COVID-19 

Loudoun County Public Schools Mental Health & Wellness Resources and Student & Family Services 

 Fairfax County Public SchoolsStay Informed – Updates on Distance Learning Plan and COVID-19



Alexandria City Public Schools   

Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Alexandria City Public Schools will be providing emergency meals at no cost for any child under 18 and any family who needs it.  

There are two ways to access food while schools are closed: Individual Meals to Go and Family Meal Packs. 

Learn more: https://www.acps.k12.va.us/domain/1444 


Arlington Public Schools  

Beginning Mon, March 16, APS will provide free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at two school sites – Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School (3500 S. 23rd Street). Meals will be set up on a table outside the building for distribution from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

Learn more: https://www.apsva.us/…/aps-to-provide-free-grab-and-go-bre…/ 


Fairfax County Public Schools 

Fairfax County Public Schools will be providing emergency grab and go lunches at no cost for students at five sites on Monday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m..  

School-age students are welcome to come to any of the five sites to pick up a lunch during that time period. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.  

Learn more: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources 


Loudoun County Public Schools 

Loudoun County School Nutrition Services (SNS) is expanding and extending free meal service in our school communities from March 16 to March 20 and March 23 to March 27 at schools and other designated locations. Please note, there will be no weekend service.  

As a reminder, school-based meal service will be provided from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be available at each school and students will be allowed to receive two meals daily (a breakfast and a lunch) and can choose to take both meals simultaneously.  

Learn more: 



Mobile Hope (Loudoun) 

Food & Hygiene Supplies will be available from Mobile Hope’s “Listen for the Honk” Program. Come to the bus for food, hygiene items, and diapers.  

More info: https://www.facebook.com/mobilehope/posts/2763155263740049 


Loudoun Hunger Relief  

Effective Monday, March 23rd, Loudoun Hunger Relief is by appointment only. Details are posted here:  www.loudounhunger.org 


Tree of Life 

Tree of Life is offering food delivery and to go meals. Details here: http://tolministries.org/ 


Loudoun County Health and Human Services (Coordinated Entry System) 

If an adult age 60 or older is in need of food, please have them call the Information and Referral Line – (703) 777-0420. 


Prince William County Public Schools 

To-go meals will be provided to all children under the age of 18 present at the time of service, without charge, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination during the meal service.  

Service Times: Monday- Friday* 9-10 a.m.
Service Style: To-go Meals served at the front door of each location
Meal Types: Packaged breakfast and lunch will be served at the same time  

Learn more: https://www.pwcs.edu/…/to-go_meals_available_free_during_cl… 


Salvation Army provides curbside groceries in Fairfax CountyLearn more


Free meals and Groceries 

During this difficult time so many families are suffering as COVID19 has impacted daily wagers and people who live their lives pay check to pay check. The Pakistani community has come forward to help those in need.

If you are going through a difficult time, you can go to one of these places for free meals and grocery.

For free meals:
Lakshmi Chowk Restaurant
21770 Beaumeade Circle, #110,
Ashburn, Virginia-20147
Tel: 703-443-4838

Mehran Restaurant
23070 Oakgrove Road,
Sterling, Virginia-20166
Tel: 703-787-8888

Sapphire Tyson’s Restaurant
8201 Greensboro Drive, Unit # 109,
Tysons, Virginia-22102
Tel: 703-288-3232

For free groceries on Thursday and Saturday:
Des Pardes Restaurant
6550 Backlick Road,
Springfield, VA-22150
Tel: 703-928-5568



Free Online Reading Resources: 











www.abcmouse.com (SCHOOL7771 for free subscription) 

www.thespanishexperiment.com (children’s stories in Spanish) 


https://akidsbookabout.com/  (FREE e-book to read with a child to talk about corona virus.) 

https://library.arlingtonva.us/—  The library has changed its main page to focus on our electronic resources for the public. You do need to have a library card to use many of them, but we’re encouraging people to get online cards.   


Free Online Math & Science Resources: 







www.leftbraincraftbrain.com (STEAM project ideas for kids) 

Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube 


Videos to Keep Kids Active & Engaged: 





Other Ideas: 

  • Indoor or outdoor scavenger hunts 
  • Make an apple volcano using a cored apple, baking soda, and vinegar (Pinterest) 
  • Activity worksheets on www.education.com 
  • Write letters to friends and family
  • www.entertainkidsonadime.com (100 activities to do at home with kids) 
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams on You Tube. Start here! 


Help for Parents who have to print items from home:

IMPEL is offering parents who can’t print children’s assignments help to convert files to easier formats. Teachers can also get support on how to make distance learning more feasible for families. Email [email protected] or call 202-644-6812. In the subject line please have students include the term CONVERT. We will try to turn things around same day or within 24 hours.  Please let the parents and students know this is a FREE service we are offering.  My team and I are happy to volunteer our time to help students convert ANY document so that they can complete the assignments at home and email them back without having to print anything. 

LCPS Online Resource: 




Formed Families Forward Stronger Together peer groups for youth and young adults age 14-22, and for parents and caregivers VIRTUALLY. Regular members of the groups have been sent the log-in information. New participants can register at our regular Eventbrite site HERE. Log in information will be sent to new registrants before the next session. 



Catholic Charities 

Emergency Assistance: The Emergency Assistance program to assist those who are experiencing a one-time financial crisis. https://www.ccda.net/need-help/rent,-utility-assistance,-and-basic-household-needs/ Please email for help and we will call you back.  Include your name, telephone number, and location (City/Country);           

Christ House (Alexandria) — [email protected] 

Leesburg Regional Office — [email protected] 

Loaves & Fishes (Front Royal) — [email protected] 

Christ House Evening Meal: We are serving meals-to-go only at our evening meal. 

St. Lucy Food Project pantries, including Christ House in Alexandria, Loaves and Fishes in Front Royal, and the Leesburg Regional Office. Food bags are being distributed to clients. Social distancing is being employed for clients waiting in line.  




Do you have a resource to add to this list? Please send an email to [email protected]!