COVID-19 – Resources

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Resources available to Union County Residents

Union County Testing Site:  To be able to provide a larger amount of testing to our County of Union, New Jersey residents we are speeding the process at the COVID-19 Drive Through Facility at Kean University in the following manner:

  • If you have a VALID PRESCRIPTION for Covid-19 testing please email COVID19TEST@UCNJ.ORG with the following information: Your name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth and a photo of your script, and then you may directly go to our Union County Drive-Through Testing Center for COVID-19 at Kean University.
  • The Testing Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-5 pm.


Free Diabetes Emergency Supply Kits:  Diabetes Foundation is offering free emergency supply kits or backup insulin administration supply kits.  Please follow this link,

Addiction Treatment via Telephone:  ReachNJ is a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week addictions hotline where people who have Substance Use Disorder or friends and family can get assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained addiction counselors. An individual who calls the program’s toll-free number, 1-844-ReachNJ, will reach a live staff member who will help connect you to treatment. ReachNJ will assist callers regardless of their insurance status. ReachNJ is funded by the Department of Human Services.


State Health Insurance:  Individuals/families losing wages may be eligible for state health insurance.  To be screened, please follow this link


Domestic Violence Counseling:  The statewide domestic violence hotline is available at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233), and can help direct survivors to the resources closest to them. The National Domestic Violence Hotline’s Deaf Videophone is available to assist Deaf survivors at 1-855-812-1001. You can also chat or text with an advocate by going to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, click on “Chat Now”; or text LOVEIS to 22522.


NJ Water:  NJ Water has suspended all bill related shut-offs.


Temporary Job Opportunities: Execu-Search’s client is in need of 500+ individuals starting this Friday to help out on-site for Covid-19 testing for at least a month in NYC and surrounding boroughs. Looking for Medical Professionals as well as General Purpose Non-Medical Administrators (does not require any previous experience in medical field, anyone can apply). Some general details below but please message them for more information!

  • $30/hr pay for General Purpose Staff – eligible to receive time and a half overtime
  • Responsibilities include: site management, registration, traffic control
    • Anyone on this site will be provided with the correct level of protection
    • Free parking on-site
    • Training is this Friday 3/20 and sites will go live on Saturday 3/21
  • Email Lisa Carver at


Child Care:  Co-payments are waived for parents who received child care subsidies through the State of New Jersey.  Parent must request that the co-payments be waived.


Cash, Shelter and Food Assistance (through the County Welfare Dept): all emergency assistance cases are extended through April 30th.

Health Care

  • NJ Family Care/Medicaid:  Now covers testing, visits for testing, and testing-related services for COVID-19 at no cost.
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) waived the cost for testing, visits for testing and testing-related services for COVID-19.  Hospitals have been directed by the State to not charge the uninsured or charity care patients for medically necessary testing and testing-related services for COVID-19.
  • NJ Family Care/Medicaid (Prescriptions): Medicaid and CHIP will cover 90-days supplies of prescriptions, maintenance medications and early refills on prescriptions.
  • Older Adults/Medicaid/PAAD/Senior Gold:  Medicaid and the state prescription drug assistance program (PAAD and Senior Gold) will allow early refills and 90-day supplies of maintenance medications.

Meals on Wheels: If you are in need of a home delivered meal and reside in Union County, you may be eligible ONLY if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • 60 years or older
  • Live alone
  • Unable to shop or prepare a meal for yourself

Please call Meals on Wheels at 908-486-5100. You must provide your name, address, phone number and date of birth in order to process your request.


Low Cost/Free Internet:  Maybe available for eligible families.  You qualify if:

  • Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available.
  • Are eligible for public assistance programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others.
  • Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days.
  • Have no outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old.
  • Signing up is easy and fast from your mobile device, go to:


Food Pantries in Plainfield:  as of now below is a list of pantries currently in operation

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church

716 Watchung Ave

(908) 756-2468

KITCHEN – Tuesday (closed on holidays) 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Lunch bag – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am

To Go No Deliveries
New Covenant Church of God

225 East 7th Street

(908) 226-0223

KITCHEN: 1st and 3rd Saturday beginning at 9:00 am To Go No Deliveries
The Salvation Army – Plainfield

615 Watchung Avenue

(908) 756-2595 x 108 or

(908) 756-3199 x 105

Mon, Wed, Thurs. Noon – 1 pm.

Hot meals will be served for takeaway from The Salvation Army Canteen Truck, which will be parked at the Plainfield Corps.

The meals will be prepared in the Plainfield Corps kitchen

Tues – Thurs: 9:30 – 11:30 am.

Bagged Food, Hygiene, Diaper Pantry

Operating as usual No Deliveries
Shiloh Baptist Church

515 West 4th Street

(908) 754-3353

PANTRY – 3rd and 4th Saturdays

9:00 am – 12 pm; 4th Wednesday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

KITCHEN – Wednesday & Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Operating as usual, no dining services, only take out. No Deliveries


NJ COVID-19 Helpline: staff by healthcare professionals to answer questions regarding COVID-19.


PSEG: No disconnection of services. Temporary closing of their walk-in Customer Service Centers effective today.


American Water:  Suspended the disconnection of services.


Emergency food bags:  Starfish will be delivering emergency food bags to Plainfield Action Services on Thursday, March 26th.  Clients should call Plainfield Action Services at (908) 753-3519 to sign-up.  This is on a first come, first served basis.


Starfish Food Pantry: Our regular weekly packing is being suspended until further notice.


Food Bank:  Community Food Bank is still operating. To find a food partner distribution agency, follow this link this link


Unemployment Insurance:  State of NJ has expanded Unemployment Benefits.  See the following

To apply for Unemployment, please visit , or call the following phone numbers North Jersey (201) 601-4100 or Central Jersey (732) 761-2020.


Emergency Shelter:  During normal business hours, call Division of Social Services at (908) 965-2700.  All intakes will be done over the phone.  After 4pm, please call 211 for information, placements and referrals.


Plainfield Public Schools:  School is closed through April 3rd.  Grab & Go breakfast and lunch for students will be provided Monday through Friday from 10am through 12noon.  You must be a Plainfield Public School student.  Distribution locations are:

  • Emerson Community School, 305 Emerson Ave
  • Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave
  • Clinton Elementary School, 1302 W. 4th St


Paratransit:  effective Monday, March 16th the Union County Paratransit will only run life-sustaining medical trips.  All other trips are cancelled including the Route 22 Safety



Older Adult & Individuals with Disabilities:  All day programs were cancelled as as of March 18th.


Meals on Wheels:  Congregate site meals are closed effective Wednesday, March 18th.  If you used one of these sites and need assistance with meals please call (908) 527-4870.   Home delivered meals for seniors over 60 and the disabled will continue.


SNAP (food stamps), Cash Assistance & Work Requirements:  To apply for SNAP and cash assistance please go to

  • Workfirst clients who were due for a case review in March or April were granted an automatic 60 day extension.
  • SNAP or Workfirst cash assistance clients are excused, without penalty, from their work requirement.
  • Clients are encouraged to mail or fax over any documents.  Drop boxes are located at the Elizabeth and Plainfield for those dropping off documents by hand.


24 Hour Emergency Psychiatric Services: 

  • Mobile Community Outreach (adults)  (908) 994-7131
  • Union County Mobile Response & Stabilization (children)  (877) 652-7624
  • RWJohnson University Hospital (732) 381-4200
  • Overlook Hospital (908) 522-2000


24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline:  (908) 233-RAPE


Family Crisis Information:  24-hour hotline for youths in crisis or unable to remain in their homes (908) 514-2313


Census 2020:  Can be completed via mail or online at


Amazon:  Is presently hiring, to apply follow this link