Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. – Concord, NH – UPDATE 03-27-20
In an effort to safeguard our program participants and staff we are taking all precautions while continuing to provide services in our communities.
We will continue to provide services through the use of email, phone, fax and mail. Our offices will be locked however we will still be able to provide much needed services through grab and go food boxes, drop boxes for applications and contact information to complete an application for services.
Listed below are the programs that we have and which services we are able to provide during this time of crisis.
Head Start and Early Head Start – All Centers are all closed. Lunches will be provided by many school districts and will be available for children 0-18 yrs. For those without this resource Head Start will be providing lunches to the families. Lunches will be available for pick up at their local center. We are also planning on providing a breakfast meal for all of our kids who want one. We will prepare those in our kitchens in Concord, Franklin and Laconia. Staff will transport the meals out to Pittsfield and Warner.
Staff will have the following responsibilities during the weeks the centers are closed per the Office of Head Start to remain connected to families and engaged remotely. Lead Teachers and Home Visitors will be making weekly contact with all their families. This will be by phone or other electronic manner. This is to help parents engage in learning activities with their children. Lead Teachers and Home Visitors will create learning activities for each child, each week from the Creative Curriculum, PAT, and Partners for a Healthy Baby or ASQ activities. All teachers have the opportunity to work in their classrooms to complete tasks if needed.
Child care centers- All centers are closed until further notice.
Fuel Assistance Program – Provides grants to help pay heating costs for income qualified applicants. Applications can be made through a phone interview, mail in app, email or fax. Documentation of income must be provided.
*** NOTE: The Fuel Assistance Program has been extended until May 29, 2020 to apply for assistance.***
Electric Assistance Program – Provides a discount of 8 – 76% off an income qualified households electric bill.
Applications can be made through a phone interview, mail in app, email or fax. Households are encouraged to apply at any time during the year. Documentation of income must be provided.
Weatherization Program – An energy reduction program through the installation of energy conservation products and services. There is also a furnace repair replacement program.
Applications can be made at the same time as a Fuel or Electric Assistance application. We are curtailing field visits, barring heating emergencies in order to protect our staff and participants.
Meals on Wheels – Provides a daily meal to home bound seniors. The meals will continue to be delivered.
Senior Centers – Centers are closed however seniors can come and pick up three (3) meals per week to bring home. All center activities are cancelled. Call the center to order meals. https://www.bm-cap.org/senior-programs
Service Link –Will be providing services via phone contacts.
Senior Companion –Companions will not be working until further notice.
Work Place Success – Classrooms are closed until further notice
Senior Community Service Employment Prg – Staff in office and apps done by mail or phone
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - Staff in office and apps done by mail or phone
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Recertifications/applications are being done by phone and EBT cards loaded remotely.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program – Monthly boxes of food are distributed to income qualified seniors (60 yrs) on a bi monthly basis. Food will be distributed at usual locations. Additionall, food boxes will be available at senior and resource centers (listed below).
The Emergency Food Assistance Prg – Distributions are uninterrupted at this point. Food pantries are scheduled to pick up in April.
Family Planning – Open for business as usual
Senior Housing - Staff available by phone, interviews by phone, CDC screening used for moves
Community rooms closed. Emergency only visits to tenants.
Housing Security Deposit Loan Guarantee – Staff are available by phone to provide info and applications.
Homeless and Housing – Staff are available to take calls however field visits are not allowed.
Concord Area Transit – Bus routes will continue as scheduled. Increased cleaning protocols and procedures are being used.
Concord Senior Transit – On demand rides will be limited to essential visits: Dr appointments, dialysis and to obtain food or medications. Ridership is being limited in order to be socially distant. Increased cleaning protocols and procedures are being used.
Rural Transportation – Rides will be limited to essential visits: Dr appointments, dialysis and to obtain food or medications. Ridership is being limited in order to be socially distant. Increased cleaning protocols and procedures are being used.
Volunteer Driver Program: VDP is running normally. Volunteer drivers are requested and encouraged to sanitize their vehicles before and after each trip.
We have staff available in all areas to answer questions, provide applications and food items.
Agency Website: https://www.bm-cap.org
Phone numbers – Concord Resource Center – 225-6880 Laconia 524-5512
Suncook - 485-7824 Franklin – 934-3444
Warner – 456-2207
Our area resource centers will have the following hours for food pantries. We ask people to call first so we can prepare the food for pickup.
Concord Area Center Food Pantry Hours
Franklin Area Center Pantry Hours
Currently closed and no set hours
Laconia Area Center Food Pantry Hours
Town of Meredith Food Pantry Hours
This is not run by the Area Center it is a separate organization
T, W, TH- 10am-1pm
Suncook Area Center Food Pantry Hours
Warner Area Center Food Pantry Hours