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COVID-19 Community Updates

GENERAL INFORMATION 

 

  • Virginia 211 is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert 211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to call 2-1-1 or visit www.211virginia.org. 

 

  • Presription Savings from FamilyWize can help households save money.

The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card:

  • Is free for everyone – it’s like a coupon that you can use as often as you want.
  • Reduces cost – just show the card every time to get the lowest prices, whether it be FamilyWize, insurance or retail price.
  • Is easy to use with no registration or eligibility requirements.
  • Covers FDA approved prescription medications.
  • Saves an average of 45% on prescriptions.
  • Accepted at major chain pharmacies nationwide          

To use the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card:

You can Download and print a card or text "family" to 700700 to receive a card on your phone (Message and data rates may apply. FamilyWize Terms and Privacy).  Once you have received the card, you can opt out of getting            messages by texting “STOP.” You can also download the FamilyWize app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.                                              

Drug Price LookUp Tool:

You are able to see the FamilyWize price of your prescription(s) by either going to familywize.org or by downloading the free FamilyWize app. Simply enter your drug name, dosage and zip code to find the lowest price within a 10 mile radius.

 

FOOD DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION

For information regarding free meals, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.

 

LOCAL FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

  • The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has scheduled the following mobile pantry distributions:
     

 

  • Cover 3 Foundation is providing meals on a first come, first serve basis at 125 S. College Drive in Franklin.  Breakfast & Lunch will be provided Monday - Friday from 10am - 1pm during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drive up to the door with the yellow sign to pick up.

 

  • The Franklin Cooperative Ministry is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM and will distribute food outside of the building. If you have never received food from them, they will need a photo ID and minimal paperwork (name, address and household members)

5 Things You Can Do to Help During the Covid-19 Crisis

When you feel the most helpless, you actually have the power to do the most good.

Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:

  1. Donate to the Franklin-Southampton Area United Way COVID-19 FundYour gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in Franklin and Southampton County. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to the Franklin-Southampton Area United Way COVID-19 Fund help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible. 
  1. Direct people to 211. Virginia 211 is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert 211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to call 2-1-1 or visit www.211virginia.org. 
  1. Direct people to food distribution sites as needed. See below for a list of resources and food distributions. We will keep you posted of other local food distributions as we are aware. 
  1. Call your friends and family. Loneliness is damaging to our health. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone. If you are able to pick up and drop off items for someone that is high risk, please do so. 
  1. Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself. Several of our local churches have online services and post daily on social media. Some mental health providers are utilizing phone calls and teleconferencing appointments. 

Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.  

 

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