Program Update   

Senior Centers

In order to ensure the health and safety of all, Fort Greene Council, Inc. (hereafter FGC) is suspending all in-person programming effective Tuesday, January 4th until further notice. Please note that due to the surge in COVID cases, the Luncheon Club will not be serving grab-and-go meals as of Monday, January 4th until further notice.

  • Only grab-and-go meals will be provided at the centers (Click Here For Address and Phone Number For All Our Centers ). Please wear masks and stay home if you do not feel well.

    • Grab & Go Hours For Our Older Adult Center: 12pm - 1:00pm

  • Social Services and Case Management will be available by phone and any in-person appointments should only be scheduled for time-sensitive matters.

  • We will re-evaluate this situation mid-January and keep you updated.

  • Virtual programming will be scheduled wherever possible to replace in-person programming and our regularly Zoom online classes will still be happening virtually. You can View Virtual Centers Program Here.

 

Social Services

Social services and case management assistance continue to be provided via telephone from 9am - 5pm weekdays.  Any in-person appointments should only be scheduled for time-sensitive matters.

Volunteers

In order to ensure the health and safety of all, FGC is suspending all in-person volunteering effective Tuesday, January 4th until further notice. We are still offering virtual volunteer opportunities. To learn more, click here.

Contact Us

Our main office at 966 Fulton Street is open and our receptionist is available for inquiries weekdays from 9am - 5pm. Social Services at our main office are by appointment only. Please call 718.638. 6910 for any questions or concerns.

Resources

LIVE ON NEW YORK

 

FOOD PANTRIES/MEAL OPTIONS

  • The New York City Department of Education Free Meals: Any New Yorker who wants free meals can get three a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. Click here to learn more.

  • City-wide Food Delivery with Invisible Hands: Free grocery delivery focusing on older adults and the immunocompromised. The person pays for groceries (with partial subsidies available): click here or call (732) 639-1579.

  • Additional Food Pantries, Community Kitchens and Other Food Sources: click here (please call the pantries first to ensure they are open)

  • New York Common Pantry (@ 8 East 109th Street) Hot Meals Program in East Harlem: Monday and Tuesday at 11am, and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2:30pm

    • Pantry items given out Mondays from 10am - 1pm

      • Existing clients (including seniors who are registered with Common pantry and received pantry at Covello) are to provide NY ID, benefit card, and Driver’s license.

      • New clients are to provide an ID and benefit card, and social security award letter.  

    • All Hot Meals will be take-away

    • Brown Bag lunches will be given out on Saturday and Sunday at 4-5 pm

    • Click here for updates or call (917) 720-9700.

  • NYC Food Policy Center: Coronavirus NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides: click here.

  • Morton Williams Grocery Delivery: click here.

  • NYC Food Delivery Service: click here.

  • Grab and Go Community Meals

    • Any New Yorker can pick up free meals Monday to Friday between 3 PM and 5 PM at locations across the City. You don’t need to register or show any ID or documents. 

    • Multiple meals can be picked up at once. The meals are grab-and-go; no dining space is available.

    • Vegetarian and halal options are available at all sites. Kosher meals are also available at select locations.

    • Find community meal locations.

    • View sites that offer kosher and halal meals.

  • Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

    • You can pick up food packages at a food pantry or get a meal at a soup kitchen.

    • Use Site Finder to search for a Food Provider. You should call first to confirm their hours before visiting.

       

 

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS

  • Senior Planet Virtual Events: click here.

  • OATS (Older Adults Technology Services Helpline: (917) 936 4410

  • AARP Zoom Tutorial: click here.

  • Sources for Low Cost Internet for Seniors: click here.

     

 

CORONAVIRUS HELPLINES AND INFORMATION

  • Covid-19 Testing and Information: click here.

  • To report cases of COVID-19: Call 311.

  • DOHMH’s NYC Healthcare Provider Access Line: Call 866-692-3641 if you are a healthcare provider with medical questions.

  • New York State’s Dept. of Health’s toll-free COVID-19 hotline: 1-888-364-3065

  • Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH): Call 1-800-985-5990 and text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.

  • Reporting Racism Related to COVID-19: If you or someone you know is a victim of or witness to an act of racism or bias, please call 311 and ask for Human Rights to report this act of hate.

  • Testing Sites Citywide for people most at risk - Open to 1199 workers, health care workers, and residents over 65. Call 1-888-OneMED1 or go to onemedical.com and use the code NYCCARE30.

  • FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits - https://access.nyc.gov/faq-for-pandemic-unemployment-benefits/

  • For DACA Recipients: For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 (we may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee.

  • Attention immigrant New Yorkers: Seek care without fear. Use of our health services related to #COVID19 will not be considered under the Public. Charge rule and will not impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship. More info: http://bit.ly/2ic6qcV

  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline - If you have questions about immigration or how to access City services during the #COVID19 crisis call our hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, Email to AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov

  • Skip the Trip to Access HRA: To help stop the spread of COVID-19, many HRA locations are consolidating until further notice. We are asking New Yorkers to do everything they can through #AccessHRA or by calling 311.  Visit http://nyc.gov/accesshra or download the ACCESS HRA mobile app.

  • Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors - You are not alone. We understand home is not always safe. For services visit www.nyc.gov/nychope or call NYC’s 24-hour hotline at 1800-621-4673 or call 911 for emergencies. More Resources: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/ocdv/get-help/resources-for-survivors-during-covid-19.page

  • New webpage full of resources for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19. For information on Food/Supply Delivery, Social Security/Medicaid Benefits, Home Healthcare Services and more visit:  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities.page

  • Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home - Resources and a 24/7 hotline at www.nyc.gov/nycwell. A free resource guide for all New Yorkers as well as services tailored to the needs of aging New Yorkers, veterans, students and young people, and people harmed by violence, crime or abuse:  https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home

  • Housing Court is closed for most non-essential matters and that all pending proceedings are being administratively adjourned. New York City Housing Court are now only open for essential cases permitted by the court, such as landlord lockouts, serious housing code violations, and requests for emergency repairs orders. Other Housing Court cases are on hold.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information: To learn more or to find out where to get vaccinated, please visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder. To make an appointment at an NYC Health Department or NYC Health + Hospital Site, eligible New Yorkers can call 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692). For a list of all eligible groups, please visit nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution.