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Emergency Resources During COVID-19 

For a number of resources please take a moment to view this document.

​Federal Emergency Fund
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has made one-time emergency grants available to eligible college students. Please find the information by copying and pasting this link-
Applications start February 15, 2021, with processing starting on March 1, 2021. Students must file a FAFSA and have an updated email address.
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 The latest Federal Coronavirus Relief Legislation expands SNAP eligibility for college students during the public health emergency.
Please find the information on these pages-
NJSNAP 2021.pdf
COVID-19 School-Age Tuition Assistance for Working Families
Families can now apply for child care tuition assistance to help with care for children who have remote learning schedules due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 
Families can apply for this assistance by completing the online application at Those applying will need proof of income and a notice or announcement from their child’s school of a remote learning schedule. Funds will be available through an application process that will open in the upcoming weeks through the New Jersey Child Care Information System (NJCCIS).
Open Cupboard Food Pantry
Open Cupboard Food Pantry is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) agency serving northern Hunterdon County.
We believe we have a responsibility to fill the very basic need for food for those in need.

The Pantry is open to give and receive food, Tuesday through Saturday from

9:30 AM to 1:00 PM, and Tuesday and Friday evenings from 4:30 to 7:00.
Please visit

Community Development Block Grant-CV Emergency Rental Relief (CDBG-CV ERR) Program

Somerset County has established an Emergency Rental Relief Program for County households that had a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applicants may be eligible for up to 3 months’ rent or $3,000.00, whichever is less, for payment toward rent that is owed.  Payments will be issued directly to the landlord.  Note that this program is funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and as a result, residents of Franklin Township, which has its own CDBG program, are not eligible.

Please visit for more information:
Essential documents:
CDBG-CV Rental Relief Required Documentation Checklist.pdf
CDBG-CV Emergency Rental Relief Application.pdf

Mental Health Resources

This time may be extremely stressful and difficult. If you or someone you know is struggling please find the following resources.

CDC - Managing Anxiety & Stress During COVID-19 Outbreak

N.J. MentalHealthCares - Mental Health/Addiction Services, Helplines

Food Bank Resources

We will try to update this information as more becomes available. Students are encouraged to call food banks first to confirm status.


Food Bank Network of Somerset County

9E Easy St.

Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Hours: Monday- Friday, 9:00AM-2:30PM

Status: As of this point in time they are open, but servicing clients outside. They intend to stay open as long as possible.


Franklin Township Food Bank

224 Churchill Ave

Somerset, NJ 08873


Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:  10:00AM – 2:00PM, Thursday:  10:00AM – 7:00PM, Saturday:  9AM – 12:00PM

Status: As of this point in time they are open, going forward status unknown


Reformed Church of Bound Brook Food Pantry

113 Clinton St.

South Bound Brook, NJ 08880


Hours: Sundays 11 am-12 pm

Status: Services will remain open until further notice. Services are reserved exclusively for South Bound Brook and Bound Brook residents. Clients should bring ID supporting address. Clients are also advised to call first.


SHIP, Inc Food Bank

87 West High St.

 Somerville, NJ 08876


Hours: Monday- Friday, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM (Must arrive by 2:30)

Status: As of right now, operating as normal, this may change. Clients must bring ID.

Additional information provided: They will be operating a "to-go" soup kitchen. Call ahead. Pick up is at 12:30 PM at the following locations:

         Monday, Wednesday, Friday

         St. John's Episcopal Church

         158 W. High St., Somerville, NJ 08876

         Tuesday & Thursday

          United Reformed Church

         100 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876


Zarephath Christian Church Food Bank

My Neighbor's Pantry

595 Weston Canal Road

Somerset, NJ 08873

(732) 560-4001

Hours: Monday 10 am- 1 pm; Thursday 10 am- 1 pm; Saturdays 10 am- 12 pm

Status: They are remaining open. Students should mention they are an RVCC student. 

Internet Resources

  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response 1: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

Cellphone Resources

Here are two links to free cell phone programs with monthly talk/text/data plans, for those who need access to phone and internet.  These programs are expanding monthly plan limits to assist as a communication line during COVID.!/newHome