Wolf Administration Directs Families to Emergency Food Assistance During COVID-19 Mitigation.
Governor Wolf Urges USDA to Waive Food Assistance Eligibility Requirements CLICK HERE
to view the full letter from Governor Wolf.
Follow this link from Bucks County Emergency Services about feeding Pennsylvanians: CLICK HERE
Major precautions to reduce risks of spreading COVID-19, those out of work, those who rely on college meal plans, school meals to feed their children, and those who are isolated may not know where to turn for food.
IF you are out of work without pay, you are eligible to receive food sourced from the state and federal government from a food bank or food pantry in Pennsylvania. This includes service workers who are unable to get shifts or hourly wage employees of non-essential businesses that have voluntarily closed due to COVID-19 mitigation. You will be asked to verbally complete a Self-Declaration of Need
form, as signatures have been temporarily waived due to COVID-19.
You will be asked to provide your household size and weekly income level as of the day you apply.Complete income guidelines
can be found at agriculture.pa.gov
FOOD BANKS ARE OPEN and delivering food to many agencies, including pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens. Please call or visit the website of your regional food bank to be directed to agencies in your community. Many food banks are also doing special drive-through distributions. Please call for more information.
You can find a food bank near you:
Contact the following Feeding Pennsylvania
and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania
member banks to find out about food assistance services being offered in your county.
Bucks County Opportunity Council Inc.
Serving Bucks County
Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
If you can't leave your house because you are under isolation or quarantine, contact your local food bank to see if they have options to deliver food. If you are concerned about potential exposure, there are steps you and food banks can take to limit risk. The PA Department of Agriculture sent guidance
to all food banks encouraging them to follow best practices to limit risk of exposure.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education offers information on accessing meals on its website
All Bucks County Schools will be closed through March 29th and all Bucks County libraries will be closed through March 22nd as part of precautionary measures.
For more information:CLICK HERE
SMALL BUSINESS LINKS:
Governor Worlf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses CLICK HERE
to view the linksto help small businesses.
For the most up to date Corona Virus information related to Bucks County follow this link:CLICK HERE
Governor Tom Wolf ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in facilities at 12:01 AM on Monday, March 16 in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties for 14 days to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. For more information:
Due to Governor Wolf's Proclamation of Disaster Emergency announced on March 14, 2020 and the public health emergency surrounding the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, Dublin Borough Hall and the Dublin Police Department Building are temporarily closed to members of the public, effective Monday, March 16th. For the time being, members of staff are continuing to work in the Borough office and are available to help members of the public via phone, fax and email. Limiting access to the Borough building is a pre-emptive move meant to help slow the spread of the virus, and to keep staff and essential personnel healthy and able to provide services to the public. Residents and visitors are asked to use phone, fax or email to contact Borough staff. There will be no interruption to Trash, Police or Fire Department services at this time.
Governor Wolf Requests Disaster Declaration for Small Businesses and Non-Profits to Obtain Loans.
Governor Tom Wolf requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) implement an SBA disaster declaration to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in PA.
SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact.
The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profit is 2.75%.
SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower's ability to repay.
The application process will be online. Details on how to apply, as well as deadlines, will be established once the governor's request is granted.
In addition to making sure this federal funding for small business assistance is available, the Wolf Administration is working with the General Assembly to make sure state funding is available for small business assistance too. Small business can apply through the Small Business First Fund (SBD), an existing PIDA loan program.
Over the past few weeks there has been a growing world-wide concern regarding the coronavirus known as COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information and guidance, updated daily on their website. Please click on this link for the most current information: CLICK HERE
Additional information, including a Daily Covid-19 Report, is available at the PA Department of Health. Please click this link for their most current information: CLICK HERE
The CDC has created a number of helpful information sheets about COVID-19 and the best ways to protect yourself and your family. CLICK HERE
for these resources, and browse the links listed below. Remember:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
What you need to know aboiut coronavirus disease and what to do if you are sick: CLICK HERE
Shared Facts about COVID-19: CLICK HERE
Stop the spread of germs and symtoms of the coronavirus: CLICK HERE