Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.”Helen Keller
The Cape May community is a diverse and tight-nit group made up of year-round residents, second home owners, local businesses, and seasonal visitors. And when challenges have occurred in our storied history, time and time again we have come together to meet them head on. We are proud to say that we are rising to the occasion once again with COVID-19. If you don’t find what you are looking for, just ask!
If you are in need of assistance to feed your family, please contact one of our local food resources. They are here to help.
|Cape May Food Closet||500 Hughes St.||609-600-7715||Second and fourth Fridays of each month from 9 to 11 am.|
|The Saint Barnabas Cares Food Pantry||13 West Bates Ave., Villas, NJ||609-886-5960||6 to 7 PM on Tuesdays.|
|Lazarus House Emergency Food Pantry||Pacific & Burke Ave. Wildwood, NJ||609-522-1500||10am to Noon on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.|
|The Branches Outreach Center||1304 Rt. 47, Unit AH, Rio Grande||609-886-5091||9 am to 1 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.|
And if you are over 60 and would like assistance with in-home grocery delivery, consider using Umbrella, a service that provides no-contact delivery by a network of volunteers and workers.
Whether you are a Cape May resident, a family member, or a visitor to our historic seaside town, make sure that you are taking care of yourself during these uncertain times. If you’re not feeling well physically or mentally, please contact your health provider or seek assistance from one of these local resources.
- AtlantiCare COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-285-2684
- Cape Regional COVID-19 Hotline: 609-463-CAPE (Daily, 8am-5:30pm)
- Cape Regional COVID-19 Updates
- Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Information
- Handwashing Video from AtlantiCare:
Seniors have a special place in Cape May. They make up a large part of our year-round population as well as our seasonal visitors. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers some special information just for you.
- Protecting Yourself (CDC Guidelines)
- What Older Adults Need to Know Video from the CDC:
Cape May offers services for residents year-round. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the following services have been temporarily modified:
- All City Buildings are currently closed to the public.
- All City parks, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and all other recreation facilities are closed to the public.
- Public restroom are currently closed, with the exception of those on Beach Avenue at Broadway and Gurney Streets. These will be open with limited availability from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Parking meters are on starting Saturday, May 16, at 10 am.
- Beach Tags can be purchased by mail – click here to learn more.
- All recreation programs have been suspended until further notice.
- All fire inspections have been suspended until further notice.
- Recycling: As of Monday, May 4, residential recycling returned to the normal weekly schedule. And the recycling yard will also return to normal business hours (M-F, 7:30 am to 3:15 pm; Sat, 8am to Noon; Closed Sunday and holidays).
The following Cape May city departments have also provided the following updates for residents:
- City Clerk’s Office: the deadline for payment of mercantile license fees has been extended until July 1. The license term for all Liquor License holders has been extended to September 30, 2020 by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). For further information please email email@example.com or call 609-884-9530.
- Construction Office: accepting permit applications and processing permits. Click here for more details.
- Tax Collection: Click here for updated information about paying your taxes.
- Tax Assessor: The Tax Appeal deadline has been extended to 30 days following a determination by the Governor that the State of Emergency declared under Executive Order 103 has ended. Click here for more details.
- Water/Sewer: Essential services are uninterrupted. Click here for information about non-essential services and bill payments.
- Municipal Court: All Municipal Court in-person sessions are canceled. They will be rescheduled via video conferencing. Click here to learn more.
All Cape May City Council meetings, Planning and Zoning Board meetings, and Historic Preservation Commission meetings are currently being held as scheduled and conducted virtually until further notice. Visit the Cape May City website for more information.
All in-person worship services and religious events are temporarily canceled. To keep parishioners safe, many local and regional churches are streaming services online and recording them for viewing 24/7. You can join these virtual congregations anytime.
- First Presbyterian Church of the City of Cape May
- United Methodist Church of Cape May
- Our Lady Star of the Sea
- Cape May Lutheran Church
- Cold Spring Presbyterian Church
- Episcopal Church of the Advent
Grocery and pharmacy stores in Cape May are considered essential business and are currently open. However, all locations are enforcing strict social distancing rules and requiring shoppers and staff to wear face coverings while in the store. And some are offering “Golden Hours” for at-risk shoppers:
- Acme, 315 Ocean St, Cape May – 7 am to 9 am
- Acme, 3845 Bayshore Rd, North Cape May – 7 am to 9 am
- Shoprite, 1700 Route 47 South, Rio Grande – 7 am to 8 am
In addition to grocery stores, fresh produce is also available at the following locations:
- Beach Plum Farm, 140 Stevens Street: Tues – Sun, 10 am to 4 pm
- Legates Farm Market, 3400 Bayshore Road: Daily, 9 am to 6 pm
- Duckie’s Farm Market, 736 Broadway: Daily, 9 am to 5:30 pm
If you have updated information about any community resources in or around Cape May, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.