Local and State Resources

Nasal Swab Testing
No cost testing is available throughout the County and is open to all residents and individuals who work in Chester County. Click for county sponsored locations, times and registration. If you have healthcare insurance, please bring your card.

PASD Food Distribution
The district is a hub for distribution of both National School Lunch Program meals for all children aged 0-18 as well as meals for adults provided by FEMA. These meals cover the entire week through distributions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:00am-12:30pm at five locations (Barkley, PACS, TCHS, Kmart and Bethel Baptist Church). Additionally, the district also receives then distributes donations from community agencies and local businesses. The district has been able to provide not only bagged meals but also fresh produce, eggs, diapers, pantry staples and household items in weekend grocery bags. We encourage families to utilize this resource to reduce groceries bills if your income has decreased or stopped during the pandemic. 

If your child is a PASD student and you need assistance with food or other basic needs and cannot find the information you need here, please contact the Home and School Visitor for your child’s school building: Alyson Riffey, Elementary Schools, 484-358-3482 or Kayla Richards, Middle and High Schools, 610-551-2341  

Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) is our community’s lead resource for food insecurity. If you are in need of food for your household and live in Phoenixville, please call to schedule an appointment for assistance. 
257 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

St. Peter’s Pantry 
Lunch available every day at noon. Breakfast on Saturdays at 8:30. All are welcome; no sign ups or reservations. 
121 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 610-933-2195 
The Pantry is open on Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. 5/9,5/23, 6/6/, 6/20, 7/18, etc 

Distribution includes one bag of non-perishables and one bag of fresh items including milks, eggs, bread, fruit and meat if available as well as one breakfast to go. First and last name required, no ID needed. 

Other pantry and meal assistance programs can be found on the PFIT calendar.

St. Ann’s Pantry 
The St. Ann’s food pantry will be open on Saturday, May 16, starting at 1 p.m. with curbside pickup available in the parking lot behind the church. Future dates TBD. 
502 Main St, Phoenixville, PA 19460 

Alianzas de Phoenixville’s mission is to serve the Latino/Hispanic community by providing access to resources, advocacy, and leadership opportunities; and promoting diverse intercultural exchanges to connect all individuals in the broader community. During the pandemic, they are able to assist with linkages to food, rental assistance and mental health resources. 
148 Church St. Phoenixville, PA 19460 Office: 610.933.9200 

Orion Communities 
Orion provides case management for and access to resources including rental assistance in the Phoenixville Community. 
237 Bridge Street Phoenixville, PA 19460 610-415-1140 
Monday-Friday: 9 am- 4 pm 
Tuesday & Thursday: 6 pm – 8 pm 

Maternal and Child Health Consortium 
MCHC is still operating remotely during the pandemic.
Healthy Start
Family Benefits

Mental Health Resources
For a mental health emergency, call Valley Creek Crisis Intervention anytime at 610-280-3270.

Core Providers in Chester County are providing tele-conference services during the pandemic including our local providers for children, Creative Health Services and Community Services of Devereux 

Please click for more information on local mental health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

County-wide Human Services resources

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)
All households with a student receiving free lunch will receive an EBT card with funds to helps supplement the cost of groceries for their children. Click to find more information on that program.

If your income has decreased due to the pandemic your household may qualify for free or reduced meals. The application can be completed at any time.

If you have questions or concerns about your application, please contact 
Mary Jane Weiss at 484-927-5040.

Note: even if you have already applied this year and were not eligible, you can submit another application if your income has changed.

Unemployment Benefits
If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers' Compensation benefits. Learn more and apply here


State Assistance Programs: 
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced an Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) for qualifying families who are experiencing financial challenges because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can get more information about DHS assistance programs and apply online. 

Eligibility requirements: 
· household must have children or a pregnant woman 
· someone in the household was working as of March 11, 2020 
· and lost more than 50% of earnings due to COVID-19 
· have resources of less than $1,000 
· household income is below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. 

Household Size Monthly Income Limit:
The grants are two months of a TANF for the household size (e.g., a household of 3 will receive $806). People receiving TANF or Diversion cannot get this grant.

Applications for the one-time EAP cash grants will be accepted through June 12 or when the program’s funds are exhausted. Residents can apply for the emergency cash assistance.

Childcare for essential workers
Two local associations of the YMCA have opened childcare for essential workers. Please see the information from the Greater Philadelphia YMCA. 
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