COVID-19 News and Resources

Our borough has been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the highest per-case fatality rate in NYC. As an institution that provides educational resources to thousands of people annually, the Bronx Museum is committed to helping our community during this uncertain time. This page will be regularly updated with information for those in need. (Updated May 26, 2020)



Free meals are being offered at select locations for all New Yorkers by Chefs for America and the Department of Education, text ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877 to learn more.

One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, find a location close to you.

Visit Invisible Hands Deliver to have groceries delivered straight to you by volunteers from communities at the least risk for severe COVID-19 reactions.

Find a food bank through NYC FoodHelp or search Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries by Borough. Additionally, the New York Common Panty offers fresh, culturally appropriate and nutritious food free through the Choice Pantry Program in the Bronx.

Don't hesitate to apply for the food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Search and the Bronx Community Health Food Resource Guide for comprehensive food resource guides to your area. Each guide is updated once a week and includes free meal distribution sites, meals for seniors, meal delivery options, and more.  

Catholic Charaties' food pantry locations are are open and providing “grab and go” bags for Bronx families. Pantries are located at Bronx Center 402 E 152 Street, between Melrose and 3rd Avenues and St. Augustine 1168 Franklin Ave between 167 and 168 St. Bronx. Check their webpage for hours of operation.



For COVID-19 testing information, call  NYC Health+Hospitals at 1-844-NYC-4NYC

General information on COVID-19 can be accessed on the CDC's COVID-19 webpage or by calling 1-888-364-3065.

Apply for health coverage through NY State of Health. Enrollment has been extended to May 15 due to the coronavirus and existing members can defer payment to June 1.

The City of New York has developed a webpage specifically for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19 with information on Food/Supply Delivery, Social Security/Medicaid Benefits, Home Healthcare Services and more.

The current moment has underscored the importance of tending to one's mental health and it may be more difficult for our senior friends and family to access support for menthal health issues. This guide offers tips for how seniors can stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meditate with Headspace NYC! A series of free meditation guides for New Yorkers dealing with stress due to the coronavirus is available on their website. Additionally, Headspace is offering free subscriptions to help Americans maintain mental calrity due to unemployment.

If you are the victim of domestic or gender-based violence, seek help through NYC Hope or contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVIS to 22522. Domestic abuse does not discriminate based on age, this helpful resource has been developed with teens and young adults in mind.

New York State Emotional Health provides free mental health counseling. Call the hotline 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment.


Vote NYC! Under Governor Cuomo's executive orders, the Board of Elections is offering registered voters the opportunity to apply to vote by Absentee ballot for the June 23, 2020 elections due to the coronavirus. Apply for an absentee ballot here.

As New York state begins to re-open be sure to keep up with the Governor's plan.

New York City will continue distributing face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, and during social distancing enforcement.

Count Me In! If you have not yet responded to the US Census it's not too late. Follow the prompts in this link to complete your questionnaire.

The MTA has launched the Essential Connector program to ensure that essential workers can get to-and-from the places they need to be during the MTA's closure between 1am and 5am. Essential workers are eligible for one free trip in a for-hire vehicle per night where bus service is not available. Book a ride here or download the app for Apple and Android devices.



Bronx Native, the Mott Haven based store and cultural hub for Bronx locals has created a GoFundMe page to help the shop continue to showcase the explosive creativity found in the Bronx today. Their iconic t-shirts have been a popular mainstay in the Bronx Museum's gift shop. Consider purchasing gear from their store or making a tax deductible donation.

The South Bronx's beloved La Morada Restaurant has created a GoFundMe page to help the Oaxcan restaurant continue to offer Bronx residents a safe space to gather around food and provide support for social justice issues. La Morada has joined World Central Kitchen to make meals for Bronx families in need.

For those of you who may need a break from cooking, the Bronx Tourism Council has compiled a list of Bronx eateries by neighborhood that are providing curbside pickup and/or delivery. 

Farm to Food Banks is mobilizing an effort to transport food from farmers to food banks in the Bronx. Working with the South Bronx's East Side House Settlement, the initiative is looking raise money to procure and deliver food to Bronx families. See their GoFundMe page to make a tax deductible donation.

Donate to the Bronx Community Relief Effort, an initiative focused on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community by filling gaps unmet through public financing and broader grant programs. 



Are you looking for the status of your COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment or need to enter your direct deposit information to receive your funds, visit the IRS website for more information.

To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please visit the DOE.

If you're a small business owner in NYC affected by COVID-19, visit the New York City Small Business Services website or call 311 for info on grants, updates & more. Additional assistance is also available through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Small businesses are being hit especially hard by the economic reverberations of the coronavirus. This guide is designed to help small business combat the COVID-19.

Do you feel that you have been overcharged due to the coronavirus? Use the 311 online portal to report your experience with price gouging during an emergency.



Visit the Bronx Museum's AIM website page for an up-to-date summary of COVID-19 relief support resources for visual artists.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) maintains a comprehensive list of resources related to funding for cultural organizations, legal and business assistance, ways to help, relief for artists, and more.

Are you an artist looking for legal guidance? These resources can be of help: VLA/Freelancers Hub Legal Clinics for Artists and NYFA Online Legal Workshops.

Stay up to date on artworld events that have been rescheduled due to coronavirus.



While our physical exhibitions are closed to the public, the Bronx Museum is offering a series of digital educational initiatives to continue to engage with our community and provide opportunities for youth to connect with and express themselves through the arts. Please visit our Education page to explore our online The Bronx Museum at Home content.

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