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Resources For Capital Region FamiliesThe Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region is working hard to support our autism community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We've created a form for you to fill out to let us know if you are in need of support or supplies for your loved one with autism, or if you have autism yourself and would like to receive support. You can even ask to have someone give you a call to chat for a short while to reduce the sense of isolation or distress you may be experiencing. Our staff is monitoring our social media platforms and email ( to assist our community during this challenging time.

Click here to fill out the form:

Online Resources:

Mobile Crisis Services

211 is the United Way's information line. They are acting as a clearinghouse to connect families and individuals to resources. You can reach them by simply dialing 211 on your phone.

From Northern Rivers Family of Services: At this incredibly stressful time, we wanted to remind the community that our Mobile Crisis Services remain up and running, and we’re here to help with your critical behavioral health needs. While our on-site responses are currently limited, we are still providing enhanced telephone support including crisis de-escalation, crisis planning, treatment connections, and safety planning. We respond to child, adolescent, and adult emergencies in Albany (children and adolescents only), Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington Counties. For immediate crisis support, call us at 518.292.5499, Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m

MENTAL HEALTH COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE 7 days/WEEK- 8am- 5pm, 518/269-6634.

ALBANY MOBILE CRISIS HOTLINE 24 hours, 7 days/week, 518/549-6500

New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314. 8 AM - 10 PM, 7 days / week.

Important Information:

Guidance for OPWDD Service Providers:

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities:

How To Talk About COVID-19 With People Who Have Autism, from NPR:


How to set up Zoom for parents and students:

Free Educational Subscriptions:

Music From Home by Music Speaks, Music Therapy Services:

Fluency And Fitness:

50 Bird Species and the Sounds They Make:

5-Minute Speech Therapy Activites to do At Home:

Scholastic Learn At Home:

Virtual Learning from Discovery Education:

Free Worksheets from Jumpstart:

Free Activities:

Virtual Tours

San Diego Zoo:

Yellowstone National Park:


Great Wall of China:

Appalachian Trail:

National Parks Virtual Tours:

Virtual Field Trips:

Live Cameras

San Diego Zoo Live Cameras:

Monterey Bay Aquarium:

Panda Cam:

Houston Zoo:

Georgia Aquarium:


British Museum, London:

Guggenheim Museum, NY:

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC:

Musee d’Orsay, Paris:

National Mueum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul:

Pergamon Museum, Berlin:

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam:

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam:

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles:

Uffizi Gallery, Florence:

MSAP, Sao Paulo:

Open Heritage Sites from Around the world:

Blarney Castle and Gardens:

Coloring Book Pages from Museums:

Other Entertainment:

Musicals you can watch at home:

Ballet Nova Center:

Home Exercise; Only do exercises according to your ability level.

Bodyweight exercises: Pushups, sit-ups, squats, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, burpees.

Just Dance 3:

Online Martial Arts Classes:


Free Yoga Programs:

Guided Imagery:

How to Meditate:

Meditation for Anxiety:

Google play or apple apps:


Mindfulness coach

Insight Timer

Free Online Courses

One month free trial:


New York City Library, free digital books-

Free Audio Books

Free Public Domain Books

Storybooks Read By Famous Actors:

Audible Stories: free childrens’ audiobooks:

Your local library has digital books and audio books to check out

Resources for Kids


Fun Brain:

Storyline Online:

Fun Science Experiments:

Just Dance 3:

100 Kids Activities To Do At Home During School Closures:

Tips for Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic With Children:

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room:

Ride-Through Videos from Disney World:

Free Coloring Pages:

Virtual Support Groups:


Meals by County:

Regional Resources:

Regional Food Bank:

On their website is a tab that says "Find Food"

The Food Pantries for the Capital District 518-458-1167 – Rensselaer, Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady. If someone cannot drive to pantry they can have a proxy pick up food. The proxy would bring their client’s id and each member of the household id; proof of residency; not from the client that proxy can pick up food. Open 8-4 Mon. thru Fri. If a person is quarantined have them all ahead and ask if some else can drive for them.

Catholic Charities

Managed Medicaid recipients (Fidelis, CDPHP, MVP), call your care coordinator to request home delivered meals, “Mom’s Meals” (freezer meals with special dietary restrictions).

Grocery Store Delivery/Pick-up/Special Early Hours for Seniors: Hannaford; Price Chopper/Market 32 seniors 6am; Shop Rite; Whole Foods seniors 8am; Target seniors Wednesdays 8am; Dollar General seniors 8am. Call your local store.

Instacart, grocery delivery, online order works with Price Chopper/Market 32, Aldi, CVS, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Shop Rite, Fresh Market.

Albany County

City School District of Albany is adding a home delivery option at six district schools. Families can fill out our online registration form or call their Transportation Department at (518) 475-6170 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday to register to have breakfast and lunch dropped off at home each weekday. Registrations must be received by 11 a.m. the day before delivery. For example, all families registered by 11 a.m. Monday will be included in Tuesday’s delivery. Home delivery will be available beginning Tuesday, March 24. Meals will be dropped off at home between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each weekday. Registration requires that families provide the name of each child who will be receiving meals as well as the school each child attends.

Boys and Girls Club of the Capitol Area has 11 take-out breakfast & lunch sites across Albany and Troy for youth ages 18 and younger. Mon-Sat, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and continue weekly until further notice at the housing locations listed below.

Albany: -Ezra Prentice, 625 South Pearl St. -Creighton Storey, 158 3rd Ave. -Robert E. Whalen, 305 Colonie St. -North Albany Homes, 41 Jennings St.

Troy: -Griswold Heights, 199 Project Rd. -Corliss Park, 101 Corliss Park Rd. -Arnold E. Fallon, 102 W Glen Ave. -Martin Luther King, 1 Eddys Ln. -Margaret W. Phalon, 1 Phelan Ct. -Catherine Sweeney, 100 Catherine Sweeney Apts. -John. P Taylor, 125 River St.

South End Children’s Café- Free take-out dinners for children and parents/guardians. Order by 2pm for pick up 5-5:30pm, SECC, 25 Warren St, Albany 12202 (close to Lincoln Park). Call Lily at 518-478-3369 to reserve. A Block at a Time above can deliver.

South End Mutual Aid- Open-ended assistance for people in Albany’s South End. Contact David Easton: with your needs or resources to share or update this Google document.

Feed Albany provides at-risk and in-need individuals in Albany, New York and the Greater Capital Region with access to prepared & packaged meal solutions by utilizing commercial kitchens, unemployed restaurant workers, volunteers and the use of donated vehicles to produce, package and distribute prepared meal solutions. They are working closely with The United Way, the City of Albany, The Food Pantries, the Albany County Sheriff and various other local organizations and service providers to identify those at-risk and in-need and through our resources & partnerships, to facilitate delivery of both prepared meals and food items to these individuals and organizations.

Click here to learn more:

The Bethlehem CSD published a Meal Request form to be filled out by families in need:

The district will provide meals to any student in the North Colonie Central School District starting on Tuesday, March 17. “Grab and go” drive-thru style stations for breakfast and lunch will be set up at Blue Creek Elementary School, Forts Ferry Elementary School and Shaker High School. Breakfast can be picked up from 8-8:45 a.m. and lunch can be picked up from 11:45 am.-12:45 p.m. Meals will be available that are free of the big 8 allergens.

The Watervliet CSD is offering anyone under the age of 18, regardless of whether or not they live in or attend Watervliet schools, a free bagged breakfast/lunch beginning Tuesday 3/17 from 8-10 AM

Chenango County

From the Greene CSD:

We are working with our Food Services team to finalize our plan and provide meals for all students. This will include a "grab and go" breakfast and lunch for each weekday during our long-term closure. Pick up of food will be at the MS/HS campus from 11:00am – 12:30pm starting Wednesday March 18th. Please contact your child’s main office if you are unable to pick up at this time and will need delivery. We will be posting the breakfast and lunch menu on the school’s website.

Columbia County

The Hudson City School District is committed to continuing the school breakfast and lunch program for our students during the extended school closure. On Tuesday, March 17, the Food Services Department and staff volunteers packed “grab and go” meals to send home with students to have for the rest of the week. Please be sure to refrigerate the milk immediately so it remains fresh. As soon as a plan and locations for meal distribution are finalized, we will share that information with you. Please check their website for updates.

Ichabod Crane Central School District will be providing a daily free bagged breakfast & lunch for children under the age of 18. If you wish to participate and have email access and are able to, please email and note the location you will be picking up at so we can plan accordingly.

Monday - Friday Distribution Locations:

1) Ichabod Crane High School Cafeteria side entrance 9am to 1pm

2) The First Presbyterian Church of Valatie 3212 Church St, Valatie, NY 12184 11am-1pm

3) St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 1820 State Route 9, Stuyvesant, NY 12173 10am-noon

For families who would like to participate but are unable to pick up, please call 518-758-7575 extension 3016. Donations to the backpack programs and the Valatie Food Pantry will be accepted at the High School cafeteria from 9 am - 1 pm during the school cancellation dates.

The Taconic Hills School District will continue to provide nutritious meals to our students when there are no classes. Families wishing to receive breakfast and lunch when there is no school should complete the following Google Form, If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Pam Strompf, Food Services Coordinator at (518) 325-2885. Leave your name, student name(s), bus name, phone number, and address including street, town/village and zip code. During this week, meals will be delivered to your child’s morning bus stop approximately 3 hours later than normal time (e.g. - 7:28AM stop would arrive at 10:28AM).

From New Lebanon CSD:

Beginning Wednesday, we will deliver a combined breakfast and lunch to students on a daily basis throughout our closure. These delivery routes will follow our usual bus runs and bus stops, but will run from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Regulations require that we physically hand the meal to a student. We cannot hand the meals to adults.

Meals will be charged to your child’s Nutrikids account in the same manner as during the school year, which includes free and reduced price meals for those students who qualify.

As we get a better idea of how many people will want to receive these meals, the runs will become more regular and predictable. For now, we ask for everyone’s understanding and flexibility as we get a handle on this new operation.

Delaware County

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 Delaware Academy CSD will be offering free meal service for all students. This service includes breakfast and lunch at no cost. Sign Up by using this form: Emergency Food Service Request

Fulton County

Facebook page sharing restaurants that are open for takeout:

Greene County

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th and continuing while Greenville Schools are closed, there will be a “take what you need” food container at Greenville Medical Associates on Route 26A (next to the town highway garage). They plan to keep it stocked with basics to help anyone in need during this time. If you need something for the kids to eat or you need to fill the gap between paychecks...feel free to come help yourself. No questions asked, no contact required. If the office is open (Tuesday - Saturday), the bin will be out on the side ramp. If you want to help others by donating a few items, that would be appreciated too.

Greene County Department of Human Services announces that effective Friday, March 13, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020, all Senior Nutrition sites will be offering take-out meals only. You must still call the center 24 hours in advance if you would like a take out meal. If you receive home delivered meals, service will continue uninterrupted. For further information or to contact the Department, call 518-719-3555.

Montgomery County

From Fonda-Fultonville CSD:

Families can come to the high school vestibule from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on weekdays for grab and go meals. Breakfast and lunch will be given at the same time. Meals are for all of our students ages 18 and younger.

If families are unable to pick up meals, please call Miss Vicki at 518-853-4415 ext. 4260 to make alternate arrangements.

The Greater Amsterdam School District is committed to continuing to serve our students meals during the scheduled school closure. The District will provide “grab and go” meals to students during the two-week school closure. Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, the following schools will be open from 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m., daily throughout the school closure:

Amsterdam High School;

Lynch Literacy Academy;

Tecler Elementary School;

United Presbyterian Church (see below)

Additionally, United Presbyterian Church on Market Street has graciously and generously offered to partner with the District as a meal site. We are working out the details with them to determine when this will begin. It is our hope that this will be no later than Friday. We will keep you updated as we finalize the details. These locations may change as the program progresses within the next few weeks as supply and demand are determined so please check our website and/or emails for any updates.

Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day will be available to district students at these locations. Only one meal per student (one breakfast & one lunch) will be provided each day to ensure availability for each and every student. The District will have tents at each location for “drive-thru” like service to keep you safe as well as District staff members.

Please look for a representative or sign indicating where meals can be picked up at the above locations. Your student will need to provide their name and school they attend. If your student is not with you, you still will need to provide the student's name and school they attend.

Otsego County

For the Cooperstown Central Schools, breakfast and lunch are available to all students between 11am-1pm and 5-7pm each Monday and Wednesday. Pickup will continue to be at the JSHS. Please call 547-2820 to reserve meals.

From Oneonta CSD:

The District will provide walk-up/drive-thru food distribution points around 11:00 AM at Greater Plains, Riverside, Valleyview Elementary Schools, as well as the Oneonta Middle and Oneonta High School (on the middle school side of the campus), Lantern Hill Mobile Home Park, Mountainview Mobile Home Park, the Silliman Cove area, the area near 124 Oneida Street, and the Fairview Street Apartment area, Students will simply need to look for the Oneonta City School Bus. These will be taking place Monday through Friday throughout the closure. Families may go to ANY of these locations . Easy-up tents will indicate these pick-up points. Those visiting these locations will receive two meals each day (both issued at the same time): 1) lunch for the current day, and 2) breakfast for the next day.

Rensselaer County

From Averill Park CSD: APCSD staff is ready to go! We're offering meals to ALL students, free of charge, beginning this morning! Meals are available for pick up at Algonquin Middle School and Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary School from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reminder: Stay in your car, we'll bring the food to you!

Rensselaer County Department for Aging Rensselaer County NY Connects line - 518-270-2767. Home Delivered Meals to any senior 60 yrs or older who lives alone or with a spouse, has chronic illness, compromised immune system, lacks family/community supports or lacks availability to get food and supplies. Starting 3/23, meals will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with additional meals for Tuesday and Thursday delivered on M/W

Mechanicville Area Community Service Center is serving parts of Rensselaer County. They are scheduling food pickups with deliveries as they are able. Call ahead (518) 664-8322 extension 1012 and leave a message of family size, or use their online food pantry ordering system – email Carrie at with your family size, and Carrie will call you back. Food order pickups can be secured at the side door, 6 South Main St. Mechanicville, NY 12118.

Saratoga County

Saratoga EOC -518-288-3206 - Can assist if there is a quarantine, self-quarantine or medical issue that would not allow them to leave the house. If you have people that need help, call main number and give them contact information so that they can get food delivered. Food pantry is open and operating under our normal business hours.

Mechanicville Area Community Service Center are scheduling food pickups with deliveries as they are able. Call ahead (518) 664-8322 extension 1012 and leave a message of family size, or use their online food pantry ordering system – email Carrie at with your family size, and Carrie will call you back. Food order pickups can be secured at the side door, 6 South Main St. Mechanicville, NY 12118.

Mechanicville City School District will be providing breakfast and lunch to go for children ages 18 and under Monday – Friday 10:00 – 12:00 to anyone 18 and under that are in the district. Families that do not need breakfast or lunch must call 518-450-4085 to let them know. Food will be delivered by drivers and dropped off at bus stops.

CAPTAIN CARES, Clifton Park– 371-1185 Food pantry hours: Monday 10am-3pm / 5-7pm and Tues./Thurs. 10am-3pm. Call and place order over phone. Call when at center. Staff will direct where to pick up. They will bring out food to client. Pick up is during food pantry hours. CAPTAIN CARES can arrange for deliveries. Have consumer call and they will try to arrange a time for delivery. Go to website and most up to date, current information is there:

Schenectady County

The Town of Niskayuna is partnering with local children-in-crisis intervention organization Things of My Very Own to ensure that no family is left behind due to challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The Community Programs Department will be facilitating referrals to TOMVO to identify families in need of basic supplies. TOMVO staff members will deliver aid packages to qualifying individuals free of cost. To get a referral for your family or another family in need please call our Community Programs office at 518-386-4523 or email Lisa Stevens at

Glenville Senior Center 518-374-0734– basic grocery shopping for any Scotia-Glenville senior who requests it. (paper goods, hand soap, cleaning supplies and food items) Will run thru March 30th, however might be extended. Volunteers shop and volunteers drop off food to houses.

Schenectady Inner City Mission – 518-346-4445 - Open Monday. Wednesday and Friday 830-11:30. Allowing 1 person in at a time, handing out premade boxes according to family size.

From Inferno Pizzeria - Niskayuna location (198 Lishakill Road): If schools closing become a matter of children being fed or not, missing a meal and going without, please bring them to our pizzeria and we will feed them for free- a slice of pizza on us.

SUNY Schenectady Food Pantry is still open for students to access.

More campus safety information:

From Schenectady CSD:

Meals are coming to you! Beginning March 20, buses will be bringing food to the neighborhood bus stops for you to pick up. You also have the option of picking your meals up at any of our schools. Click here for the bus routes for food drop off and schedule for pickup at school.

From City Mission of Schenectady -

Throughout the threat of COVID-19, we are dedicated to continue providing care to our residents and people that come to us in need! We are taking many precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus, some of which include:
1. We are suspending individual and group volunteer activities on our main campus until further notice.
2. To reduce large gatherings, we are now serving Community Meal as a take-out meal at our Dining Center (512 Smith Street). Take-out meals will be available Monday-Friday at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 3pm. We also have bagged lunches available 24/7 at our Welcome Center (427 Hamilton Street).

Thank you for all the support and love we've received! We appreciate each one of you and it means a lot that during this crazy time, you are thinking about our homeless neighbors ❤️

Important COVID-19 Updates for the Schenectady Community Ministry food pantry:

Transportation is no longer available

Mass distribution is cancelled this month

A limit of 10 people in the building at once including staff

For service guests will be required to show ID at the door

When your order is complete, SiCM staff will bring it to you

After you are served, you must leave the building

Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time.


Schoharie County

From Market On Main: Due to the current conditions in our area we want to extend a little support to all the children that won't be in school for the next couple weeks. If any school aged kid is hungry and wants to stop by Market on Main any time between 9am-8pm Mon-Sat we will be providing a cold lunch for them. I will have Turkey & Ham and Cheese on White bread with a bottle of water for any child that would like to stop by. Just simply walk in and tell us your there for lunch and there will be no questions asked.

Schoharie CSD recognizes the difficulty many families may be facing during these unprecedented times. We will be offering breakfast and lunch for students while we are closed. Meals can be picked up or delivered Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the elementary office. Please contact the school office if you are in need of this service. If delivery is necessary the school will arrange to have meals delivered. Just call (518) 295-6600 any time between 10 a.m and 2 p.m for assistance with this service.

Warren County

From Glens Falls City Schools: Grab-and-Go meals will be shifting to a Monday - Wednesday - Friday pickup, as of next week. Every student will get four meals on Monday and Wednesday (lunch/breakfast for two days), and six meals on Friday (lunch/breakfast for three days). If your family needs additional help of any kind, please reach out to our student support ( team members. The Salvation Army is also stepping up to provide many support services. Call and leave a message at 518-792-1960 and someone will return your call.

Washington County

Hudson Falls Central Schools is providing free breakfast and lunch for students every weekday, for pickup at Vaughn Road School. Breakfast: 7:45 - 8:30 AM, Lunch: 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM. Call (518) 681-4118 for delivery.
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