During this public health crisis, our Fresh Air families, as well as families across NYC, the country, and around the world, are facing many challenges. We have compiled links to resources including how to access food, educational tools and ideas for activities to keep children engaged and supported. Check back regularly – we’ll continue to add additional resources.

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Essential Resources

New York State Department of Health: Most up-to-date information from Governor Cuomo on available resources and coronavirus news. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention provides tips and information about coronavirus.

HelpNow NYC: Resources for navigating unemployment, food and medical assistance, and more. 


Access NYC: Find help in NYC with food, money, housing, work and more.

Coronavirus NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides: Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is currently creating Coronavirus NYC Food Resource Guides for each NYC neighborhood.

Free Summer Meals: Free grab and go meals for New Yorkers, available at 400 locations across the city.

FoodHelp NYC: Resources for finding food pantries, soup kitchens, and SNAP centers in NYC.

Food Hub NYC: Food resources for children.

NYC DOE: Free meals and food resources for students.

Plentiful App: A free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries. You can use Plentiful to find pantries and get the food you need, without waiting in line.

World Central Kitchen: Meals available for pick-up in the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens.

Free Air Conditioners for Eligible Families: The Cooling Assistance benefit helps eligible households buy and install an air conditioner or fan up to a cost of $800. The deadline to submit applications is August 30, 2020.


Access HRA: If your work schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request to get benefits for emergencies.

NYC Housing Preservation & Development: Information on Covid-19 related Section 8 Resources.  

New York City Housing Authority: NYCHA residents that experience a loss of income may qualify for a rent reduction.

Health Resources

Brainpop – Understanding Coronavirus for Kids: Short, engaging, age-appropriate and informative video on corona virus to help explain situation to children.

Children’s Institute Resources for Family: A collection of information to support social and emotional health during coronavirus.  

Get Covered NYC: Through May 15th, 2020, health insurance enrollment is open for uninsured New Yorkers as part of a Special Enrollment Period. Complete the form below or call 311 for free enrollment assistance.

How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing: Mental Health First Aid provides some top tips for self-care during COVID-19. 

NYC Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC: Mental Health support New Yorkers can access while staying home. 

NYCWell: 24/7 services available to speak with someone via call, chat or text during a time of crisis.

Education Resources

Audible: Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.

Free Internet for Students: This website compiles internet providers who are offering free services for households with students.

Khan Academy: Offering free online content and resources for all subjects and grade-levels. Daily schedules, daily weekday live streams and guides for anyone looking to get started. All resources are translated into 11 languages.

New York Hall of Science: Free, fun, at-home resources which will encourage open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight for all age ranges.

New York Public Library: A limited reopening starts July 13, with grab-and-go service at eight library locations. Remote learning resources for children and teens including academic support, reading resources, and engaging activities to do at home are also available.

New York Times Learning Network: The New York Times is supplying activities for students including writing prompts and multimedia challenges – suitable for middle school and college students.

NYC DOE Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs): The Department of Education is offering locations where the children of front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need. Open 7:30am to 6:00pm (Monday-Friday).

NYC DOE: Resources, information, activities, tools and support from the Department of Education to support Learning at Home.

NYC Schools Summer Reading: The NYC Department of Education has made e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families.

ReadWorks: Free resources to help families supporting reading growth at home during COVID-19. Find easy-to-follow help for parents and guardians, including live and recorded webinars.

Scholastic Education: Free daily courses for students from pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher.

Zearn: Offers 400 hours of free digital math lessons via webinars.

Activities for Kids

Action for Healthy Kids: Fun ways to stay active, eat healthy and practice mindfulness – all at home.

American Museum of Natural History: This museum is offering their exhibits and online resources including materials for families and teachers, virtual tours, videos, games and more. 

America’s Test Kitchen: Kids can discover and learn more about food, cooking and recipes online.

Culture Pass: Using their New York, Brooklyn or Queens Public Library card, New Yorkers can reserve a pass and get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions, including museums, historical societies, heritage centers, public gardens and more.

Queens Public Library: Virtual resources for parents and children including storytimes, music, health information and more. A To-Go service begins July 13.

Brooklyn Public Library: Virtual Library Programming for all ages, including storytime, Dungeons & Dragons, video game tournaments and writing workshops, as well as recorded author talks and musical events. A Lobby Service begins July 13.

Circletime: Yoga and mindfulness resources, science experiments you can do from home, and arts and crafts ideas. Code: homefun9.

Culture Pass: Using their New York, Brooklyn or Queens Public Library card, New Yorkers can reserve a pass and get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions, including museums, historical societies, heritage centers, public gardens and more.

NBC Sports Camp: Chelsea Piers has partnered with NBC Sports to offer a free, four week digital sports camp for 7-12 year-olds. At camp, kids will play a variety of sports, learn new skills, get moving, and hear from professional and Olympic athletes, all from their home turf.

New York Botanical Garden:  The NYBG is uploading video and photo highlights of the new season, including a virtual stroll among the magnolias, a ‘First Day of Spring’ video tour, and a walk through its latest exhibit, The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope.

The New Victory Theater: Teaching Artists lead “Art Breaks” – an opportunity for you and your family to discover new skills through dance, art, movement and more!

PBS Kids: Daily weekday newsletter offering activities and tips parents can use to help kids play and learn at home.

Fresh Air @ Home

Below are links to activities and programming that are part of our new Fresh Air @ Home series. Email us at to share any art, poems, photos, or more that you have created!

Black Lives Matter

Talking to Children about Race

Getting Involved

  • March4BlackLives: An organization that seeks to reach, mobilize and organize to make Black political power a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of a shared Vision for Black Lives.
  • Color of Change: A racial justice organization which works to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back. Their newsletter includes steps for online actions you can take and information about in-person events you can join to stand up for racial justice.  

Mental Health Resources

  • Black Mental Health Alliance: This organization works to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.

Petitions to Demand Justice