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Resources to Maintain Wellbeing and Balance in CoVID-19 times

Resources to Maintain Wellbeing and Balance in CoVID-19 times

This page will be updated real time with helpful resources for families to maintain balance and wellbeing.   If you would like to share additional helpful and reputable information and local resources for specific wellness domains, please send them to [email protected]    New resources will be shared on the BergenResourceNet FaceBook page - Be sure to follow the page!


COVID Hotlines:   County,  State, Local

View a 3 minute animated COVID-19 Prevention Video released by the Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services.  The prevention steps demonstrated in the video are good hygiene practices that may reduce your risk of many different types of infectious disease.

DRIVE-THROUGH COVID-19 TESTING:  Every day, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bergen Community College, Lots B&C.  400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ  07652

Individuals who are not symptomatic will not be tested, as it diverts critical resources such as testing kits and laboratory materials from those who are ill.
Community-Based Testing Sites are for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.  In order to be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath.
Testing is FREE and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Please bring your insurance card if you have one.
 The specimen collections will be transmitted to the contracted laboratory twice per day and results will be reported within 2-5 business days.

The NJ Poison Control Center and 2-1-1 have partnered with the State to provide information to the Public on COVID-19:
Call: 2-1-1

1-800-222-1222  -   For residents non-urgent, general questions contact COVID-19 public hotline, operated by the New Jersey Poison Control Center for the NJ Department of Health.  *Those in NJ using an out-of-state cell phone number can call 1-800-962-1253.  The hotline is staffed 24/7 with trained professional in multiple languages.

**Our call volume has intensified and our staff (many of whom are working remotely) is working diligently. Despite this, Call/Text/Chat wait times are longer than usual. We are doing our best to serve each caller. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. 

Residents call also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.   
TWEET:   Official NJ Department of Health Twitter 

NJ Department of Health COVID-19 website with resources including CDC updates, guidance for schools, colleges, businesses, long-term care facilities, health care professionals and public health professionals.   This page is for Communities and the General Public 



Food/Meal Planning:   

Search all the Food Pantry resources in BergenResourceNet

Addressing Hunger During Coronavirus Crisis - Hunger Free NJ - A program of The Center for Food Action...check the latest updates

  • The State will not close any SNAP cases for the next several months even if the case is not renewed.  Extra benefit payments will be provided to existing SNAP benefits, and benefits will be higher starting in April to help address critical food needs.
  • NJHelps - Applying for assistance with basic needs - Our state has an online application and screening tool that can be used for many of the basic services designed to help those struggling to make ends meet.   We encourage residents who need food assistance to visit and apply for SNAP online.  
  • Bergen County Restaurants Offering Curbside Pickup or Direct Delivery
  • FoodFinder US FoodFinder is a safe, secure and award-winning mobile and web app that gives food insecure children and their families a way to find free food assistance programs quickly.
  • County Meals on Wheels - Are only taking applications and still only servicing the elderly. Continuing regular meal delivery
  • Umbrella - taking phone calls (844-402-2480) and emails from people who need to set up food and prescription deliveries
  • Center for Food Action  - Distributing food via Drive-up, Appointment Only distributions, accepting cash donations only. Please contact us to learn if CFA can support your efforts. [email protected]
  • No Kid Hungry Emergency Relief Grants Available - No Kid Hungry is offering real time funding and assistance for schools and community organizations that are making sure kids have access to the meals they need as schools close due to coronavirus. No Kid Hungry is providing emergency grants to support these local efforts like home delivered meals, grab and go meals programs, school and community pantries, backpack programs, and other steps to help reach children and families who lose access to meals. If your organization needs funding to support these efforts, please submit your interest in receiving emergency grant funds.
  • St. Cecilia Office of Concern Food Pantry - M-TH 9:00-1:00  As of 3/18, they plan on remaining open. ID - they are currently being lenient with ID, but suggest bring some document with name and address on it (ie., a bill). Baby Items - they have diapers every week for children 3 and under; on the last week of the month they distribute baby wipes.
  • Tri-Boro Food Pantry - Pantry Hours Tuesday and Thursday 9am-11am. They plan to remain open on regular pantry schedule. People need to call in advance to (201) 573-9083 as a representative will collect name, address, and phone numbers. No on-site registrations will be conducted. Anyone in need of food, toiletries, paper and wrap and household items  is Welcome to access these goods regardless of where they reside. No Id required. People can collect food in Back of the church behind the building by the parking lot. However they will not be allowed into the building.
  • Closter Borough Hall - Accepting Cash Donations Only, Appointment Only
  • Community Food Bank of New Jersey
  • Buddies of New Jersey - Please Call Ahead of Time 201-489-2900 | Bags will be made in advance and handed at the door. TEMPORARY HOURS DURING STATE EMERGENCY DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
  • Paramus Dept of Human Services - Currently only Paramus residents, currently have 60 families, will not turn away a new resident that is on government assistance.  Must be screened.
  • Hasbrouck Heights Food Pantry - The pantry is still serving families in need on Monday mornings from 9 am to 11 am. The recreation department is reaching out to the senior population, asking if they or any friends need any supplies or food. If anyone is aware of a senior in need, please have them call the Recreation Department at 201 288 4143. Any donations received in quarantine for 10 days, plan on next week distribution, supplies are dwindling.
  • Helping Hands Food Pantry - The Helping Hand Food Pantry will re-open on March 30th. Please note we will not be filling orders as we will be distributing prepackaged bags of food. Existing clients must show a valid form of ID. New clients must bring ID and proof of residency.
  • Queen of Peace Food Pantry - Apply through Maryann Mackey, supplies limited, serving North Arlington and neighboring towns
  • Farmer's Markets Bergen County 


YOGA and other Physical Activity

See other fun activities posted on a March 19 Bergen Mama article '20 Ways To Keep Your Kids Occupied in Bergen County, NJ During a Pandemic'

FUN Things to Explore


-Talk About Real Things – Live Stream and it is led by a licensed professional therapist Lauren Muriello, Well Being Therapy Center. It is not therapy, but it is an online group meeting experience where teens can join a 15-minute live stream for positive connections and helpful feedback from other teen mentors. (Teens 13-17 years old are welcome).  It is a positive place for teens to come together online.  *Please note this service is not intended to provide psychotherapy and does not take the place of mental health treatment.*


  • Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemic (Serves All of Bergen County)
  • Charter is offering free internet and WIFI from Spectrum
  • T-Mobile removed data cap, giving 20GB of hotspot data, and free calls for severely impacted areas.
  • AT&T removed data caps for home internet customers, free public WIFI.
  • A Must For Millions, Zoom Has A Dark Side — And An FBI Warning - Federal and state law enforcement are asking questions about Zoom's security and privacy policies, as millions flock to the videoconferencing service for meetings, classes and social gatherings.


  • Enterprise is reducing the minimum age of their renters to 18 and waiving their young renter fee so college students can drive home safely.
  • U-Haul is offering free 30 days of self-storage for college students affected by the pandemic


  • PSE&G announced that they will not shut off their services for families that can’t pay their bills.   Check with your service providers.

  • Center for Food Action's  Heating and Utility assistance is on hold until further notice as most utilities have agreed to postpone shut-offs for several weeks.

Volunteering Opportunities

  • For information on Volunteer Opportunities for COVID-19 Email [email protected] or call 201-336-6006

  • Center for Food Action - If you are interested in donating your time and you are in good health and not in a high-risk group, please consider volunteering your time with CFA.


MENTAL HEALTH Specific CoVID resources

  • The New Jersey Department of Human Services 24-hour, toll free WARM LINE for those seeking mental health services during this time.  1- 877-294-HELP (4357).  This is staffed by trained professionals in multiple languages.
  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Telemed: 201-204-0712  Bergen New Bridge Medical Center has expanded their Telehealth service (Bergen New Bridge Cares) to screen patients for COVID-19.  With their partner Air Visits, Bergen New Bridge Cares offers urgent-care screening and assessment of patients who have medical complaints and symptoms by a licensed physician.  Telehealth consultations with an Infectious Disease physician are available if necessary.    Patients can access Bergen New Bridge Cares at 201-204-0712.     Call the Access Center 24/7 for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services  1-800-730-2762   230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey 07652
  • Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – From the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • Managing COVID-19 anxiety from Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). 


  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990
  • Peer Recovery Warmline: 877-292-5588
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
  • Erika’s Lighthouse: We’re in This Together  
  • Talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor text:   MHFA to 74174
  • NJ Mental Health Cares- Behavioral Health Information and referral Services- includes an emotional support hotline 1-866-202-HELP (4357)  7 days/week from 8AM-8PM.
  • PerformCareCall 1-877-652-7624.  A full-service behavioral health managed care company that can assist in finding services for parents, guardians, youth and providers. If you are under the age of 21 and looking for treatment or other services, check out the resources.  
  • 2nd Floor Youth Helpline 888-222-2228 (confidential helpline for youth and adolescents)
  • The Trevor Project - Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.
  • National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents:1-855-2736

  • The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT:1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.


  • Bergen County Grief Counseling  the only non-profit grief-counseling center in Bergen County    They provide teletherapy. 

  • Good Grief   providing information and resources to support the emotional needs of children, families, students, and communities navigating new life circumstances. Our primary goal is to help you build resilience during this time of uncertainty. 

  • Find a GriefShare support group or event near you…Thousands of GriefShare support groups meet weekly around the world. Visit or join a group at anytime. And attend as many meetings as you like.

  • Hackensack Meridian Bereavement Resources  



Mindful is offering free access to their premium daily mindfulness course, Find Calm and Nourish Resilience.  The free, self-paced resource features 30 days of mindfulness to calm anxious thoughts, strengthen emotional resilience, and cultivate compassion and connection..  Enroll now for FREE access through June 30.

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

The Arc of NJ will be processing requests from any individuals with I/DD, their families and any qualified community-based organizations that provide supports to people with developmental disabilities, who are affected by the statewide Coronavirus response.

Funds must be used to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities and/or their families and promote health, activity and engagement with family, friends and peers, alleviate anxiety due to social distancing, and/or increase positive shared experiences. Applicants are required to exhaust other available sources of funding before submitting an application.  What will be funded?

-Activities to remain engaged during social distancing;
-Items that alleviate anxiety due to social distancing (technology/internet access); and,
-Other items needed for people experiencing social isolation and access to health care.

More information and Applications 

 BCSS CAPE Resource Center is open (virtually) Linda Wiesneck is available to speak with you by phone or via email:  [email protected] or 201 343-6000 x4067.

Additionally, the 2020 Camp/Recreation Directory is also now on their website, along with some valuable resources.

Supporting Individuals with Disabilities:  -from Governor Murphy's 3/18 update

-Temporarily closing congregate day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supporting this transition;

-Providing flexibility to families to quickly hire workers and working closely with program providers and direct support professionals during the closure;

-Releasing guidance for community providers of services to the developmentally disabled on COVID-19 preparedness;

-Keeping residents who are deaf or hard of hearing informed through American Sign Language videos, interpreters at State emergency response press conferences, and other activities; and

-Conducting outreach to clients who depend on our Personal Assistance Service Program for individuals with physical disabilities and our Traumatic Brain Injury Fund to ensure needs are being met.



The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire.

To learn more about who is hiring in your community, visit the NJ COVID-19 JOBS AND HIRING PORTAL

Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at  

  • The Bergen County Job Center (One Stop Career Center) serves prospective workers, employers and at-risk youth in Bergen County, and strives to provide the county with a skilled labor force. For important information about COVID-19, services, unemployment benefits, the State's COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal

Here are 700,000 open jobs that need filling ASAP -- CBS News article 3/24  (note:  a lot of popup ads)...big companies seeking workers amid surge in demand during the pandemic.


Protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) April 3, 2020  Leer en Español      Check their main page for regular updates

Scammers are misleading the public by recommending products to prevent or treat the coronavirus that are useless, or even worse, could be dangerous. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) want the public to be aware of these scams.  

  • If you believe price gouging is occurring, contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - 973-504-6240
  • 3/19/2020 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law providing relief through tax credits, and a 90-day waiver of penalties and interest on tax payments.  Read more about this and other provisions from Sax LLC


Are you a New Jersey renter or homeowner facing housing hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis? The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) can help.

As you may know, Governor Murphy has signed an Executive Order declaring a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures while the order is in effect. As part of the Murphy Administration’s efforts, NJHMFA has expanded its FREE Foreclosure Mediation Assistance Program (FMAP) to include housing counseling services for renters and pre-foreclosure counseling for homeowners.

For renters, housing counseling can include help with financial literacy (budget, credit repair), fair housing rights, eviction diversion and relocation assistance.

For homeowners on the verge of foreclosure, counseling provides upfront assistance that can help them avoid potential foreclosure.

Housing counselors are available in each of the state’s counties and services are offered remotely.   The resources in Bergen County include:

Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling
609-390-9652, 888-738-8233

Housing Partnership

NJ Citizen Action
800-656-9637, 973-643-8800

Tri-City Peoples Corporation

  • NJ housing assistance programs - The DCAid website will allow you to go through a screening process to see if you are eligible. 

Parenting/ Caregiver Support 

Co-VID Related:

CHILD CARE UPDATES  from Governor Murphy 4/3/2020 see Executive Order No. 110

  • Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) - As part of the emergency, the ECCAP will help support child care costs when a parent or guardian is an essential employee, regardless of your income.  If you are an “essential” employee needing child care, you must register with the Department’s county-based Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agencies. “Essential” employees who are normally eligible for the Child Care Subsidy Program must enroll in the ECCAP to continue receiving child care services.  Your CCR&R will follow-up with you within two business days to gather additional information about you and your needs and help you identify a child care provider.
  • Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) wants to hear from parents!  Has your family experienced child care challenges due to the coronavirus?  
  • Waiving parent co-pays in state’s child care subsidy for parents who request it due to impacts from COVID-19.

Resources to Support Distance Learning

Pre-K to Middle School 

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Basic Needs / Assistance
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Intellectual and Developmental Needs

Last Updated: 04/06/20