Community Resources

During this difficult time, there are many places to go for help. As you reference the resources on this page, it’s helpful to remember that many programs are making changes to their services moment to moment. Before visiting a service site listed here, please verify that it is still providing in-person services.

Internet Access

Two major service providers are offering access to free wifi or broadband to low-income families who do not already have service for 60 days.

  • Comcast: Use this link or call 855-846-8376 (855-765-6995 for Spanish) to sign up.
  • Charter-Spectrum: Call 844-488-8395.

Food Assistance

If you are having difficulty paying for food there are resources available to help.

Community Food Resources

United Way’s 2-1-1 program can point you to hundreds of community resources, including those that help with food access. If you live within the Northeast Ohio zip codes 44070 – 44111 this list of food assistance resources, which contains phone numbers to dozens of food pantries, may be helpful. Although food pantries and food sites are not providing meals as they typically do, many are working on delivery options and may be able to drop off food to help.

  • Children’s Hunger Alliance – Ready-to-eat meals are distributed outside most of Cleveland’s recreation centers (except Kovavcic, Cudell Fine Arts and Camp Forbes) Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 5 p.m. Pick up also available Saturday March 28 from noon – 1 p.m.
  • Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library – The Greater Cleveland Food Bank will operate a no-contact mobile food pantry at this location (2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights) on the following dates. Please ensure your trunk is empty. Workers will not be able to load food into your back seat or passenger seat.
    • Monday, April 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
    • Monday, May 25, 5 – 7 p.m.
School District Free Breakfast and Lunch

In addition to community resources, most schools are providing grab-and-go lunches to students in their districts. Students who attend PEP can still access grab-and-go meals from their home districts.

Online Support Groups for Addiction and Alcoholism

The coronavirus health crisis means a lot of people who struggle with addiction or alcoholism have lost the in-person support of community groups. Thankfully, many organizations are offering online support during this challenging time.