Georgia Appleseed Response to COVID-19
Georgia Appleseed supports public health efforts to protect our community from COVID-19, and we are following the CDC’s guidance regarding public gatherings and social distancing.
In the meantime, our work to improve the lives of Georgia’s most vulnerable children continues (PDF). Georgia’s children still need our support, perhaps now more than ever. The pandemic will not affect all children in the same way—children already confronting poverty, disabilities, and systemic bias and racism will need their schools, communities, and governments to provide them equitably with the right resources and supports.
We are working with government agency leaders, peer organizations, fellow coalition members, and other partners to determine where we can have the best, most meaningful impact in the days and weeks to come.
Below are a handful of resource lists gathered by trusted partners, which we hope will help connect people to the resources they need at this time:
- GECC— Visit our Georgia Education Climate Coalition (GECC) page for information about partner organization's upcoming webinars and trainings.
- 211—Calling 211 or searching the website can provide assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing childcare and more.
- Atlanta Legal Aid—This resource list includes information about court closings, emergency food help, and more.
- Georgia Department of Education—This DOE site includes links to school closure information and online learning resources.
- Voices for Georgia’s Children—Voices has put together a robust list of news and resources around COVID-19, including financial resources, food assistance, closures, guidance on talking to children about the pandemic, and more.
- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta—CHOA's Strong4Life resource page provides parenting guidance for the COVID-19 era, including how to talk about social distancing with kids, avoiding injuries during isolation, and much more.
Important message from DFCS: Access SNAP, Medicaid or TANF info using student devices
To limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) encourages families to access self-service options online during this period. They are requesting that Superintendents work with their Information Technology offices to ensure that these sites can be accessed from student devices, and if necessary, provide access when needed.
Self-service options include:
- Apply for Food Stamp and Medicaid Benefits. Visit: gateway.ga.gov (verification documents can also be uploaded and case status info is available for all benefits)
- Download an Application: https://dfcs.georgia.gov/services
- Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Visit: https://www.connectebt.com/gaebtclient or call: 888-421-3281 for updates
If you have questions, please contact Denise Wells: Denise.Wells@dhs.ga.gov; Phone: 470-259-6130