How to Help Vulnerable Families When You’re Social Distancing

Workers organize food to be donated by City Harvest Mobile Market Food Distribution Center during the coronavirus outbreak in Brooklyn N.Y., April 15, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
It will take all of us pitching in to weather this global health emergency.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P eople are sharing creative ways to support those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and its repercussions. These include grocery shopping for elderly neighbors to help limit their exposure to others, donating to nonprofits providing resources to families living paycheck to paycheck, and ordering takeout from restaurants to help reduce their financial shock as people stop patronizing stores. (Independent Women’s Forum has collected several stories on this.)

Now that people are practicing social distancing, it has become more challenging to help children and families who may be struggling as schools have closed and unemployment numbers continue to skyrocket. Here are a few suggestions

Natalie Goodnow works on family and child-welfare policy issues. She has held positions at the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, the Independent Women’s Forum, and the American Enterprise Institute.