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Virtual Play and Wellness Network - Basic Needs
Health Assistance & Information
  • Dental, eye care/vision and medical appointments: A temporary order has been issued to postpone all non-essential appointments and procedures. Check with your care provider to reschedule your appointment. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  •  Don't underestimate the impact of anxiety and stress on your well-being. Click here for helpful tips and resources.
  •  For assistance with making health benefit decisions, changes to health insurance due to unemployment or job loss, Medicaid, and Medicare, contact the Michigan Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) at 800-803-7174.
  •  Contact your local health department for additional resources and information.
  •  For the latest Michigan-specific information on COVID-19, visit
For Caregivers

The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is available to assist with questions or concerns regarding long term care facilities. They may be reached at 866-485-9393.

Click the link for more practical tips for caregivers.

Food Assistance & Information
  • Contact 2-1-1 for local information and emergency food services.
  •  Food Banks in Michigan

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

Food Bank of South Central Michigan

Greater Lansing Food Bank

Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan

Forgotten Harvest - Oak Park

Food Gatherers - Ann Arbor

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank

Grocery stores to know about:
  • Kroger grocery stores are open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. and have exclusive shopping for seniors 60 years of age and older on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 7-8 a.m. Pick up and delivery options may be available.
  • Meijer grocery stores are open an hour early on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7-8 a.m. for senior shoppers. Follow this link for more information about delivery and pick up services.
  • Walmart will open its doors one hour before stores open on Tuesdays for seniors, between March 24 and April 28. Pick up is available for free or schedule delivery for a fee. Visit for more information.
  • Whole Foods stores are open an hour early every day, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., for senior shoppers. Check for pick up and delivery options here.
Pharmacies to be aware of:
  • CVS pharmacies now offer free delivery of prescriptions and other essentials. Click this link to learn more. In-store hours vary by location.
  • Rite Aid pharmacies open one hour early every day, 9-10 a.m. for shoppers 65 years of age and older.
  •  Most Walgreens are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and open one hour early for senior shoppers on Tuesdays. They offer free shipping on prescription refills and same day delivery is available in select locations through Postmates.
Shopping and delivery services (fee-based or membership) to consider:
  • Boxed - Bulk products shipped to your home.
  • Instacart - Groceries delivered from local stores.
  • Postmates - Pick up and delivery service from restaurants, retailers and grocers.
  • Shipt - Shopping and delivery available for select pharmacies and stores.
Financial Resources & Unemployment
  • Governor Whitmer’s executive order extends unemployment benefits to workers who have an “unanticipated family care responsibility,” including child care responsibilities because of school closures. It also covers workers who are sick, quarantined or immunocompromised but do not have paid medical leave or are laid off, along with first responders who become ill or are quarantined because of the exposure to COVID-19. Online applications are recommended at because of recently increased call volumes, but those seeking to file a claim for benefits can also call 1-866-500-0017 to apply, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit the nearest local unemployment office.To file a claim, you need:
    •  Your Social Security Number, driver's license number, state identification or MARVIN PIN (if you have one)
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, you will need your alien registration number and the expiration date of your work authorization.
    • Names and addresses of employers you have worked for in the past 18 months, including quarterly gross earnings and the last date of employment with each.
    • Your application for benefits will be evaluated to determine whether you are eligible for benefits and how much money you may receive.
  • Economic impact payments (stimulus checks) will be issued as a result of the passage of H.R. 748. Social Security recipients are also eligible. Know how much you can expect and when by following this link.
  • Federal, state and local individual income tax filing deadlines have been extended to July 2020. For more information about federal income tax deadlines, visit this link. Specific information related to state and local deadline extensions may be found here.
  •  Small Business Disaster Relief Fund: Learn here about how to apply for small business economic disaster loans:




mParks Virtual Play and Wellness Network is a compilation of resources to engage families in wellness and nature. As public space closures are constantly changing, please use these resources as they relate to your location and your family’s needs, in keeping with local regulations and CDC recommendations.

Additionally, please follow local, state and federal recommendations to stay informed on current recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC, and the WHO.


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