Crisis Resources

Social Services

About 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure.
Hunger exists everywhere, but it is avoidable.

Social Services

Resources for Food Insecurity resources and Education services.

Food Insecurity

The quantity and quality of food available to you greatly impacts your health and well-being. During this pandemic, a strong immune system is especially essential. A healthy, balanced diet protects against illness, including COVID-19. Our community helps individuals satisfy this most basic human need with fuel to promote a healthier future. Visit these sites for help with hunger:

 

Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities
https://www.pottstowncluster.org

Along with providing a food pantry and community meals, this organization encourages healthful eating. The pantry is categorized according to the government recommended ChooseMyPlate to guide visitors in choosing food for a healthier diet. Community meals are served most days of the week at a variety of locations and times. Most are packaged to-go in adherence to COVID-19 safety precautions.

 

Salvation Army
https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/cure-hunger/

This organization provides nutritious meals and assistance for all who suffer food insecurity, from the homeless to struggling families in need of an extra serving of help. The Salvation Army also addresses the root cause of this insecurity. They offer programs to help the unique sources of physical and mental distress that sometimes lead to food insecurity.

 

Pottstown School District
http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php

Student families officially are able to obtain free food from the district on school days. Breakfast and lunch are available; both meet federally mandated meal requirements. Other local organizations and school leaders often coordinate to provide free food pickups to continue feeding the children over weekends.

 

USDA Food and Nutrition Service
https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program

Visit this site for local locations that offer federally funded, state-administered free summer meals and snacks for kids and teens.

 

MontCo Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN)
https://www.montcoantihunger.org/mahn-member-food-pantries.html

This source fuels the food pantries themselves, providing 40 pantries with supplies to feed more than 15K households countywide. Along with distribution, they routinely educate their network on best practices to safely and comprehensively meet the community’s evolving demands.

Education

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.

—B.B. King

 

Resources for a world of knowledge:

 

Pottstown School District
https://www.pottstownschools.org/

Your neighborhood school offers help with online schooling during the pandemic, and free school Chromebooks for those in need. The Foundation for Pottstown Education created a fund drive [link to: https://pottstownfoundation.org/resources/foundation-news/100-000-grant-kicks-off-campaign-for-chromebooks]. The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation matched donations in order to acquire additional Chromebooks to help students accomplish online learning from home.

 

YWCA
https://www.ywca.org/ywca-usa-covid-19-emergency-response-message/

An extensive resource listing is located at the bottom of this webpage for all ages and needs (including educational, entertainment, and job-related) during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness (PEAK)
http://www.pottstownready.org/

This program provides free, quality, full-day pre-kindergarten education to qualified children. Children whose families meet the financial requirements can properly start their academic career in a safe, caring environment during week-day hours. This valuable investment in the future of our community is partly funded by the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation.

 

Online learning assistance:

 

Wide Open School
https://wideopenschool.org/

These learning programs for kids (grades pre-k to 12) include content for English-language learners.

 

Scholastic Learn at Home
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Make learning colorful and fun with free educational programs for kids (grades pre-k to 9).

 

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org/

As students are challenged to work and learn independently during the pandemic, this website acts as a free personal tutor. Students can improve their understanding in weak areas as well as master new subjects. Keep learning with their interactive daily assistance.