COVID-19: Resources to support yourself and your family during a crisis.

Many schools and public events are closing down over concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Families may experience increased stress and anxiety during this time. There are many services available to keep you and your family healthy and safe during a crisis. Here at Extension we are grateful to share the knowledge published by our network of Cooperative Extensions from across the county.

Resources for you and you family include:

Tips to relieve stress and anxiety while staying home.

Cape Cod Winter Farmers’ Market Calendar. Markets have vendors accepting SNAP and HIP. 

Grocery Store Updated Services/ Hours

Student Meal Services

Mass 2-1-1 Social Service Assistance

Unemployment and Food Assistance

Housing Assistance

MassHealth Application Assistance

Local Food Pantry and Meal Options 

Emergency Daycare Services and Parent Support 

Mental Health Resources

Local Transfer Stations Updated Services/ Hours

Household Hazardous Waste Assistance


1. Practice self-care. This is important to do all the time, not just in a time of crisis. Read a book, take a bubble bath or do something else that helps you feel calm. Going outside and taking a walk around the neighborhood or open space parks and trails is a great way to relieve stress. Remember to practice safe distancing and beware of ticks! Check out tips and information on preventing tick bites.

2. Keep up a routine. Even if children are not in schools, it is important to keep a routine with some flexibility. Routines and predictably help children feel safe, especially in times of uncertainty. Check out some tips from Upworthy on how to create a schedule for children at home.

3. Talk to your child. Take the opportunity to share accurate information with them about the situation. Check out this article from PBS on talking to young children about COVID-19 or this comic from NPR. You can also find more resources for talking to your child from the Child Mind Institute, National Association of School Psychologists, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Kids Health, and ADDitute (specifically for children with anxiety).

4. Connect with loved ones. Reach out to friends and family to check on them, and to also get support for yourself and your family. Set up times to video chat and catch up with family. Social connections are crucial for our health.

5. Acknowledge your fear and anxiety, and then find ways to divert your attention. Children learn from watching others and will pick up on your worry and stress. Show them healthy ways for managing these emotions by acknowledging that you feel a certain way, and then move on to another activity that helps you focus on something else. Maybe you can read together or make something crafty with your child. Be sure to check out other ideas for things to do at home with your child from 4-H!

(tips provided by NH Extension)


Grocery Store Updated Services and Hours

Stop & Shop 


Market Basket

Trader Joes

Whole Foods


There are many small and family-owned grocery stores and restaurants that can remain open during the outbreak, and/or offer take-out or delivery service. Please visit this Love Live Local page for a growing list of Cape Cod services. 

Student Meal Options, Pickup Sites and Services

Cape Kids Meals is distributing food throughout the Cape.

Meal Service and Pickup Sites from EOS Foundation


Bourne Public Schools 

Nauset Public Schools: Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Wellfleet

Mashpee Public Schools

Monomoy Public Schools: Chatham, Harwich

Dennis-Yarmouth Public Schools DELIVERY OPTION AVAILABLE

Provincetown Schools 

Sandwich Public Schools 

Truro Central School 

Cape Cod Tech Regional High School 

Upper Cape Tech

MASS 2-1-1

MASS 2-1-1: Mass 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that will connect you to information about health and human services available in your community. It will help you find government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. All calls are confidential and the service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit

Unemployment and Food Assistance

*College students displaced by campus closures can apply for SNAP!

Apply for unemployment benefits here. As of March 18, 2020, the 7-day waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits has been eliminated

DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance) has partnered with local organizations to assistance in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP applications. Visit their website to start your online application here or contact the local organizations below:

Harbor Health in Hyannis is happy work with those looking for food assistance/ SNAP. Visit their website here for info and contact Camila Barbosa directly at (508) 778-5413.

Falmouth Service Center provides assistance with SNAP applications. Visit their website for updated hours and services. 

WIC provides a range of services for qualified families. From nutrition and health education to food and support, all services are free. Visit their website here for info and the online application.


Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) is available to assist anyone who may need help with housing during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact them directly via phone at (508)771-5400 or

Community Development Partnership (CDP) in Eastham offers assistance and guidance in securing housing, from rentals to home ownership. Click here for their website.

Lower Cape Outreach offers financial assistance for essential household services. Visit their website here.   

Falmouth Service Center offers financial assistance for essential household services. Visit their website here. 

Health Insurance

Falmouth Service Centers offers assistance in applying for MassHealth. Visit their website here. 

MassHealth information and online application can be found at the state website here. 


Food Pantries

The Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative is serving meals throughout the Cape. Check the Facebook Feed here for updated times and locations.

The Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center has resources for food and meals for veterans and their families.

Common Table on the Outer Cape offers meals and delivery.


Bourne Friends Food Pantry 

20 Commerce Park, Pocasset, MA 02532 




Sandwich Food Pantry 

331 Cotuit Rd, Sandwich 02563 

Tel: 508-888-3816 



St. Vincent de Paul/Christ the King Food Pantry  

Route 151 & Jobs Fishing Rd., Mashpee, MA 02649 



Mashpee Good Neighbor Food Pantry 

1st Pentecostal Church, 258 Main Street, Rt. 130, Mashpee, MA 02649 

Tel: 774-521-4364 


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Food Pantry 

483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee, MA 02649 

Tel: 508- 477-0208 Ext. 189 



Falmouth Service Center  

611 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540 

Tel: 508-548-2794 



Calvary Baptist Church Pantry Kitchen/Pantry 

25 Lincoln Rd., Hyannis, MA 02601  


Salvation Army/Hyannis Pantry & Soup Kitchen 

100 North St. Hyannis, MA 02601 


Vets Association of Cape & Islands Pantry 

247 Stevens St., Suite E, Hyannis, MA 02601 


All veterans & their families 

St. Vincent de Paul/St. Francis Xavier Church 

21 Cross St., Hyannis, MA 02601 



Yarmouth Food Pantry 

Lighthouse Landing, 845 Main Street (Rte 28) – Unit 16, S. Yarmouth, MA 02664 




Elder Services of Cape Cod 

68 Route134, South Dennis, MA 02660 


Meals on Wheels 


Lower Cape Outreach Food Council: Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown 

Lower Cape Outreach Council Food Pantry  

508-240-0694        or     866-879-5262  

LCOC P-Town Pantry
United Methodist Church, 24 Shank Painter Rd., Provincetown, MA 02657 

LCOC Truro Pantry
Truro Council on Aging, 7 Standish Way, North Truro, MA 02652 

LCOC Wellfleet Pantry
Grace Chapel Wellfleet, 25 Lieutenant Island Rd., Wellfleet, MA 02667 

LCOC Eastham Pantry
United Methodist Church, 3200 Rte. 6, Eastham, MA 02642 

LCOC Orleans Pantry
United Methodist Church, 73 Main St., Orleans, MA 02653 

LCOC Chatham Pantry
St. Christopher’s Church, 625 Main St., Chatham, MA 02633 

LCOC Brewster Pantry
Brewster Baptist Church, 1848 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631 

LCOC Harwich Pantry
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 Rte. 137, Harwich, MA 02645 



The Family Pantry of Cape Cod 

133 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich , MA 02645 


Hand of Hope Outreach Food Pantry 

49 Rt. 28 W. Harwich, MA 02671 




St. Vincent de Paul/Our Lady of the Cape 

468 Stoney Brook Road, Brewster, MA 02631 




St. Vincent de Paul/St. Joan of Arc 

61 Canal Rd., Orleans  




Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP)  

24 Shank Painter Rd., Provincetown United Methodist Church  

Tel: 508-487-8331  


AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod  

96-98 Bradford St., Provincetown.  508-487-9445 

428 South Street, Hyannis. 508-778-1954 

Clients only 

Emergency Daycare Services and Parental Support

Cape Cod Children’s Place is offering daily Facebook live-feed assistance with all kinds of questions! Tips and conversation on calming tantrums, anxiety, and general support for parents can be found here. 

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care has put together a list of designated emergency daycares that will remain open to care for the children of first responders, health care workers and other essential employees. It will be up to families to apply to a daycare, and up to that daycare to determine who qualifies for a slot, in consultation with the EEC’s regional office.

Cape Cod locations (home-based and center-based) currently include:


Only Cape Cod Healthcare Employees can utilize the services at the Cape Conservatory:

2235 Iyannough Road, Route 132
West Barnstable, MA 02668



Marilia Sousa, 37 Longboat Drive, Centerville, 774-287-7315,

West Barnstable

YMCA Cape Cod Children’s Crossing, 2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298,


Cristiane Lacerda, 250 Sudbury Lane, Hyannis – Cristiane Lacerda, 774-836-0220,

Rafaela Fonseca, 313 Castle Wood Circle, Hyannis, 508-280-1803,

Verdiana Molina, 97 Old Town Road, Hyannis, 203-781-6512,


Cherri -Ann Strom, 7 Easting Road, Bourne, 774-836-2532,

Crayon College at Bourne, 254 Shore Road, Bourne – Meghan Muratore, 781-336-8675,


Ellen Brookhart, 283 Bog Pond Road, Brewster – Ellen Brookhart, 508-221-5718,

Kristine Taylor, 18 Ebenezar Lane, Brewster, 508-896-6549,

YMCA Cape Cod Stony Brook, 384 Underpass Road, Brewster – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298,


YMCA Cape Cod Falmouth Hospital Campus, 67 B Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298, dgraham-reardon@ymcacapecod

YMCA Cape Cod North Falmouth Early Ed. Center, 155 Old Main Road, Falmouth – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298,


YMCA Cape Cod Harwich Elementary, 263 South Street, Harwich – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298,


Julie Coughlan, 14 Tyler Drive, Sandwich, 508-648-0305,

South Dennis

Little Stars Learning Center, LLC, 434 Route, Unit E, South Dennis – Tonya Stump, 614-519-6602,


Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Cape Cod and The Islands 

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Samaritans on the Cape and the Islands


What To Do With Our Trash?

As many of us are home, we’re starting to notice a lot more trash and waste! Transfer Stations are still operating, but with updated guidelines to keep everyone healthy. Please see below for your town’s website with the most up-to-date services.

Barnstable Transfer Station 

45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills, MA 02648

Tel: 508.420.2258

Covid-19 Info:

Bourne Transfer Station/ISWM 

201 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA 02532

Tel: 508.759.0600 ext. 4

Covid-19 Info:

Brewster Transfer Station 

201 Run Hill Rd, Brewster, MA 02631

Tel: 508.896.3212

Covid-19 Info:

Chatham Transfer Station 

97 Sam Ryder Rd, Chatham, MA 02633

Tel: 508.495.5156

Covid-19 Info:

Dennis Transfer Station 

100 Theophilus F Smith Rd, South Dennis, MA 02660

Tel: 508.760.6230

Covid-19 Info:

Eastham Transfer Station 

555 Old Orchard Rd, Eastham, MA 02642

Tel: 508.240.5970

Covid-19 Info: Not listed 

Falmouth Waste Management Facility (curbside pick-up)

458 Thomas B Landers Rd, East Falmouth, MA 02536

Tel: 508.457.9353

Covid-19 Info.

Harwich Transfer Station 

209 Queen Anne Rd, Harwich, MA 02645

Tel: 508.430.7558

Covid-19 Info: Not listed 

Mashpee Transfer Station 

380 Asher’s Path E, Mashpee, MA 

Tel: 508.839.1420

Covid-19 Info:

Orleans Transfer Station 

56 Lots Hollow Rd, Orleans, MA 02653

Tel: 508.240.3770

Covid-19 Info:

Provincetown Transfer Station (curbside pick-up)

90 Race Point Road, Provincetown, MA 02657


Covid-19 Info: Not listed 

Sandwich Transfer Station

490 Route 130 Sandwich, MA 

Tel: 508. 888.1969 

Covid-19 Info:

Truro Transfer Station 

115 US-6, Truro, MA 02666

Tel: 508.349.6339

Covid-19 Info: Not listed 

Wellfleet Transfer Station 

370 Coles Neck Rd, Wellfleet, MA 02667

Tel: 508.349.0335

Covid-19 Info:

Yarmouth Transfer Station 

606 Forest Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664

Covid-19 Info:


Household Hazardous Waste Collections

We all have household hazardous waste! Think over cleaners, pool chemicals, and oil-based paints. Now is a great time to go through supply closets, the kitchen sink cabinet, and the garage to get rid of unused or expired product. Visit for your town’s collection schedule and information on what you can bring to the collections and what is not accepted.