Basic Needs & Resources
NeedyMeds is an online information resource for programs that provide assistance to people who are unable to afford their medications and health care costs.
Spectrum (Charter Spectrum)
Spectrum (Charter Spectrum) 60-day free broadband offer - Effective Monday, March 16:
• Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. (After 60 days, discounted fees would apply.)
• Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
• Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across its footprint for public use.
• Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.
• Tips for students: o Students will have to specifically refer to this offer when they call to receive it
o Call wait times may be longer than usual
o Students who were former customers with unpaid fees will first have to pay those balances before accessing this service
Assistance with Expenses
The Student Emergency Grant is available to assist you with expenses during this crisis. For
more information on this grant and how to apply, please visit:
Common Wealth Charlotte, a program through Goodwill Industries is available to help those who have concerns about the
current (or impending) financial hardship due to loss of income from job cessation, voluntary or mandatory quarantines or other
hardships caused by COVID-19.
Consider applying for unemployment. The Governor of North Carolina has currently lifted some restrictions on unemployment benefits, making them easier to obtain.
To apply for Unemployment Benefits please visit: https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment/before-you-apply
Students who need assistance applying or who are not approved for Unemployment Benefits are encouraged to contact Single Stop for assistance: https://www.cpcc.edu/student-experience/student-support/single-stop
Food Resources for Student Parents
Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites.
The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
No Kid Hungry has created a map of local school sites, community organizations and food assistance programs across North
Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map can be viewed at nokidhungrync.org/covid19/ and is updated
During this time there are many resources provided for you! It is a balancing act that we all have to perform. Balancing work, child care and self-care and etc. Take a look to see what will work for you!
Click on the link below to open the document with all resources that can help.