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.

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.

In addition, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank maintains a comprehensive list of food resources. To view an interactive map of open hot meal sites and food pantries near you, click here.

Food Distribution Events
    • May 12, 2 pm – 4 p.m. – Sheffield Drive-Thru Food Distribution – Hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, 1662 Harris Rd, Sheffield Lake, OH 44054. In partnership with Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools, Second Harvest will be distributing FREE boxes of assorted shelf-stable food, produce, frozen meat, and more! This is a drive-thru distribution, for everyone’s safety please follow the below guidelines:
      • Please remain in your vehicle.
      • Food will only be placed in the trunk of your vehicle.
      • Food cannot be placed in the front or back seat area.
      • Please ensure trunk space is clean and clear of other items.
    • May 16 – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Drive-Thru Food Pantry – Hosted by Love Thy Neighbor, 6295 Broadview Road, Parma, Ohio 44134. This event will be a first-come, first-serve basis. ALL ZIP CODES ARE WELCOME!! All you need to receive food is a photo ID and proof of residence.
    • May 25 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public LibraryThe Greater Cleveland Food Bank will operate a no-contact mobile food pantry at this location (2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights). Please ensure your trunk is empty. Workers will not be able to load food into your back seat or passenger seat.
    • May 26 – 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Brooklyn Recreation Center, 7600 Memphis Ave, Brooklyn, OH 44144. No residency restrictions, this event is open to all households with limited incomes. Do not arrive before 3:30! Remain in your car.
Ongoing Community Food Programs
  • Children’s Hunger Alliance – Ready-to-eat meals are distributed outside most of Cleveland’s recreation centers (except Kovacic, Cudell Fine Arts and Camp Forbes).
    • Mondays – Fridays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • The Harvard Community Services Center – Until further notice The Food Pantry Hours are as follows:
    • Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 am -12:00 pm
    • Thursday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • If an emergency food request is needed at other times, please call Mr. Earl Young, Resource Specialist at 216-991-8585.
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.