Here are changes, cancellations and other updates related to the coronavirus outbreak. For a more detailed list, go to www.journalgazette.net and under blogs select The Scoop.
Citilink returning to full service next Tuesday
Citilink will be returning to full service next Tuesday. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. with the last lineup at 8:15 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:15 a.m. with the last lineup at 5:15 p.m.
The Central Station will be open to the public with a limited number of people allowed inside.
Charging fares will also be reinstated on Tuesday. Riders can purchase tickets inside the Central Station, at the Citilink Leesburg office or by using the Citlink app, Token Transit. Citilink recommends that riders use the app if possible.
Riders are asked to wear a face covering when riding and to remain six feet from other passengers on the bus.
Indiana EBT families to receive Pandemic benefits
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced today that families whose children receive free or reduced-cost meals at school will receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer benefits beginning this week. These benefits are intended to reimburse the families of about 600,000 Hoosier children for the cost of meals that their children were unable to receive due to COVID-19-related school closures.
Families who do not currently receive SNAP will receive an electronic benefits transfer card in the mail by the end of May, along with instructions on how to activate and use their card. Families do not have to apply for Pandemic EBT, also called P-EBT. The P-EBT card works like a bank debit card and can be used at any store in the United States that accepts SNAP, but cannot be used for cash withdrawals at ATM machines. FSSA worked with the Indiana Department of Education to identify these families based upon their child already receiving free and reduced-cost meals at school.
Purdue University-Fort Wayne secures $2.7 million for student relief
Through the CARES Act, Purdue University Fort Wayne has secured $2.7 million for student relief in the first of what is expected to be two disbursements it will receive this year.
About 6,400 Purdue Fort Wayne students who were enrolled either part- or full-time as of March 13 and through the completion of the spring semester may qualify for the available funds. The Office of Student Affairs is reaching out to these individuals via email and other forms of direct communication.
To be eligible, in addition to facing unforeseen expenses directly related to campus disruptions as a result of COVID-19, students must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, on file with the Office of Financial Aid, or be eligible to file a FAFSA. For those who have not filed a FAFSA, more detailed eligibility information is outlined at the beginning of the application.
Completed applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible with decisions communicated to the student shortly thereafter. That process has already started, the university said Tuesday.
Aging & In-Home distributing food
Aging & In-Home Services will host a Community Grab 'n Go meal distribution this Friday and on two Fridays in June at 8101 W. Jefferson Blvd. The distribution is for ages 60 and older.
Each qualified person will receive a prepackaged box of five shelf-stable meals at no charge.
The dates for the Grab 'n Go meals are this Friday, May 21; June 5; and June 19. Food will be handed out between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. as supplies last.
Aging & In-Home Services asks interested individuals to have their photo ID and phone numbers accessible at check-in. No alternate pickup people will be allowed.
For those who are homebound, call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 260-469-3036 to set up Meals on Wheels/Home Delivered Meals.
This event is a drive-thru service only, and AIHS asks that all attendees remain in their vehicles during check-in and meal pickup.
AIHS is also asking the community to assist in identifying older adults who are at risk but might not be aware of AIHS' services.
If someone needs help, call 260-745-1200.
Blaze Pizza donating to food bank
The local Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza franchisee on Monday announced it will host a virtual fundraiser to support Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of proceeds from all online and app orders placed using coupon code 1200A between 11 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. each day.
The chain has partnered with hundreds of local groups and organizations since they opened in 2016 for in-restaurant fundraising events. This is the restaurant's first virtual fundraiser.
“We recognize that these are unusual times and the need to help those that are food insecure is greater than ever,” said Rodney Walker, owner/franchisee of Blaze Midwest Inc.
Community Harvest feeds 21,100 people every week. Last year, the nonprofit distributed 13.8 million pounds of food to almost 85,000 unique individuals.
Blaze Pizza of Fort Wayne offers delivery, carryout and curbside for orders placed online. The 20% donation applies to food only – sales tax and delivery fees are not included.