How You Can Get Help During The Coronavirus Outbreak

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Are you having trouble during the Coronavirus outbreak? We've compiled a list of resources that can help you financially, with stress, and getting food.

In addition to the list below, the State of Georgia has set up an information hotline for the general public. Call (844) 442-2681. If you are feeling sick, do not call this number. Contact your health care provider before going to the hospital.

Financial Help:

Georgia Department of Labor has new way of filing for unemployment online. You can apply here. Get information here.

Your credit card company may cut you some slack if you're having trouble during this time. Companies could extend a payment deadline, lower the annual percentage rate (APR) on your card or waive a late fee. Contact your credit card provider for information. Get a list of what credit card companies are already doing here.

Small Business Association to provide Disaster Assistance Loans for small businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Get information here.

Invest Atlanta has established a fund to help your business minimize COVID-19-related disruptions. Learn more.

Getting Food:

Atlanta Community Food Bank is launching a new "Text for Help" feature to assist families, children and seniors who need access to food during the current Coronavirus crisis. You can text 'findfood' in English or 'comida' in Spanish to 888-976-2232 for help finding the closest food pantries near you. You can also view a map of food banks here.

School Lunches are being provided around the metro Atlanta area for kids during the school closures. Find the county by county list here.

FreeFood.org has compiled a list of food banks by county. Click here to view.

Giving Back:

The American Red Cross is extremely low on blood due to an “unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations”. Healthy people can schedule an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is looking for donations to help feed people during the Coronavirus outbreak. Make a donation here.

Support local businesses with our list of small business still open here.

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