March 18, 2020

50-State Hunger Resource Guide

By Alexis Miller and Sarah Steinberg
girl pantry line

As the coronavirus spreads, MAZON is carefully monitoring the situation, coordinating with our grantee partners and other colleagues across the country, gathering the latest information, and advocating at the federal and state level for swift and effective action to expand access to food assistance for those affected. While we recognize that all states and communities will be impacted, MAZON is committed to listening for and lifting up the needs and concerns of those places where we expect to see a disproportionate impact, including in the most food-insecure states as well as those states already reporting large numbers of coronavirus cases. Over the coming days and weeks, we will act as an information clearinghouse for the most-up-to date information from these states as we work to ensure essential services, government benefits and food assistance are available to all who need them. Please share this resource and visit often for updated information.

General Resources:

Hunger Hotline:

  • By Phone: Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline, which operates from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Eastern Time. If you need food assistance, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to speak with a representative who will find food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services available near your location.
  • By Text: Text “97779” to the automated service with a question that may contain a keyword such as “food”, “summer”, “meals”, etc. to receive an automated response to resources located near an address and/or zip code

USDA & Baylor University - Meals-To-You

Feeding America Rapid Response Fund

No Kid Hungry Emergency Grant Assistance

Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund

Jewish Loan Associations Offering Coronavirus Assistance

USDA Find Meals for Kids When Schools Are Closed Interactive Map

School Closures and Food Access - Resources for COVID-19

Agency Locator for Immediate Food Access

USDA General Response/Flexibilities for States

CDC COVID-19 Info by State

Federal and State Unemployment, Medicare, and Welfare Benefits List

List of State-by-State COVID-19 Orders by Norton Rose Fulbright

Disaster Loan Assistance for Businesses

Small Business Support Programs During COVID-19

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Response to COVID-19 Website

Why Hunger’s Find Food Search Engine

COVID-19 Resources for Military Persons and Veterans

Understanding the Unemployment Provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Unemployment Insurance Policy Advocates Toolkit

Find Drug and Alcohol Rehab During COVID-19/Coronavirus

Telehealth and Online Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Updates and Resources for Indian Country related to food, nutrition and agriculture

Internet Options for Low-Income Students

ALABAMA:

Updated 04/27/2020: USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Alabama

Pandemic EBT to Feed Children during COVID-19 National Emergency

(Washington, D.C., April 22, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced Alabama has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

Background: Alabama will be able to operate Pandemic EBT, a supplemental food purchasing benefit to current SNAP participants and as a new EBT benefit to other eligible households to offset the cost of meals that would have otherwise been consumed at school. For the 2019-2020 school year, Alabama had approximately 445,000 children eligible for free-and reduced-priced lunch, or about 62% of children in participating schools. Previous announcements of approvals for Pandemic EBT include: Michigan, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Illinois.

Under FFCRA, States have the option to submit a plan to the Secretary of Agriculture for providing these benefits to SNAP and non-SNAP households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. State agencies may operate Pandemic EBT when a school is closed for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency designation during which the school would otherwise be in session.

The implementation of Pandemic EBT is in line with USDA’s commitment to keep Americans safe, secure, and healthy during this national emergency and to keep kids fed when schools are closed. USDA is working with states and local authorities to ensure schools and other program operators can continue to feed children. This latest action complements previously-announced flexibilities for the Child Nutrition programs that:

  • Allow parents and guardians to pick up meals to bring home to their kids;
  • Temporarily waive meal times requirements to make it easier to pick up multiple-days’ worth of meals at once;
  • Allow meals be served in non-congregate settings to support social distancing;
  • Waive the requirement that afterschool meals and snacks served through certain programs be accompanied by educational activities to minimize exposure to the novel coronavirus; and
  • Allow states, on an individual state-by-state basis, to serve free meals to children in all areas, rather than only those in areas where at least half of students receive free or reduced-price meals.

Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of actions that USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has taken to uphold the USDA’s commitment to “Do Right and Feed Everyone” during this national emergency. Other actions include:

  • Launching a new coronavirus webpage to proactively inform the public about USDA’s efforts to keep children and families fed;
  • Providing more than one million meals a week through public-private partnership Meals to You;
  • Increasing access to online purchasing by expanding the online purchasing pilot to more than half of all SNAP households;
  • Debuting “Meals for Kids” interactive site finder – to help families find meals for children while schools are closed across more than 35,000 locations;
  • Allowing states to issue emergency supplemental SNAP benefits totaling more than $2 billion per month to increase recipients’ purchasing power;
  • Collecting solutions to feeding children impacted through feedingkids@usda.gov; and
  • Providing more than 1,500 administrative flexibilities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to allow for social distancing.

These actions and more are part of USDA’s focus on service during the COVID-19 outbreak. To learn more about FNS’s response to COVID-19, visit www.fns.usda.gov/coronavirus.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage American’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based nutrition recommendations and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy.

The State of Alabama’s Department of Public is providing information about COVID-19, including about testing on their website. Additional information can be found through the Governor’s Office, Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Department of Labor, Alabama Medicaid, Alabama Family Assistance, Alabama Department of Human Resources, and Alabama Food Bank Association. Executive Orders issued by Governor Ivey can be found here.

For someone to get tested through the state laboratory, the first step is to call their health care provider. Those who do not have one can call a hotline set up by ADPH. That number is 1-888-264-2256. ADPH is no longer requiring patients to meet strict criteria to be tested for COVID-19, but the department requires that a health care provider request the test and perform specimen collections.

  • The Alabama House of Representatives has concurred in the $5 million appropriation for COVID-19 response. Headed to Gov. Kay Ivey.
  • Alabama will close its Pre-K and K-12 public schools this coming week amid increasing civic measures to limit Alabamians' exposure to the novel coronavirus and adequately fund a public health response to the rapidly spreading respiratory illness. The closure will go into effect at the end of Wednesday, March 18. Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday declared a state of emergency in Alabama and announced a 2.5 week break for public schools. State Superintendent Eric Mackey said they plan to reopen on Monday, April 6, but will reassess the situation the final week of March. Under federal law, schools are required to serve meals in a group setting, such as a lunchroom. But during a public health emergency, like the one declared by Ivey on Friday, the USDA can waive this law.
    Mackey said they have submitted the waiver to the USDA and is confident the state will get it. It will allow them to continue feeding students who attend schools with more than 50% deemed economically disadvantaged.
  • Under Alabama law, an emergency declaration starts a 60-day period which activates the state’s disaster response and recovery plans. An emergency declaration gives the governor broad powers “as are necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian population.” The governor can direct state agencies to address the emergency as the governor sees fit and purchase material “without regard to the limitations of any existing law.”
  • In response to the increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Alabama, The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is making the following recommendations concerning public gatherings, food establishment and other retail venues, and businesses:
  • No mass gatherings of 50 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between participants (with exceptions noted below). This may include festivals, parades, assemblies, or sporting events.
  • Senior adults or those with chronic health problems should avoid gatherings (outside of close family) of 10 or more persons, and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.
  • For retail business, including restaurants, limit patronage at any one time to 50% of the normally allowable capacity. Restaurants should maintain a six-foot distance between tables.
  • Public buildings should consider whether visitation may be limited. Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are encouraged to implement visitation policies that protect vulnerable persons.
  • All persons should consider whether out-of-state travel plans may be delayed or cancelled.
  • Participants in religious services or events, weddings, funerals and family events should exercise prudence and maintain consistent six-foot distance between participants if possible.

Summer Meals:
This program is the front line child hunger response. ALFBA and their food bank partners annually distribute about 1/4th of the total meals served in the AL Summer Meals Program. They are quickly pulling together resources and working with their vendors to get meals prepared and distributed. They hope to start serving next week.

Food:
The food banks typically receive consistent food donations from local grocers and individual food drive donors. This stream of food donations has ceased. They now are having to purchase food to accompany their commodities. Money to do this is the single greatest need.

Commodities:
TEFAP:
Will be distributed through curbside/drive through type pantry days. The USDA has waived the signature requirement to reduce potential contamination.

CSFP:
Allowing curbside style drop, allowing them to provide two months at a time, and not requiring signatures.

ALASKA:

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services is providing information about COVID-19, including health alerts, mandates, and travel advisories. Additional information can be found at the Office of the Governor, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Administration’s Personnel and Labor Relations, Medicaid, Division of Public Assistance, Alaska Temporary Assistance Program, and Food Bank Alaska. Information regarding small business recovery can be found here. Eviction and foreclosure information can be found here. Administrative Orders issued by Governor Dunleavy can be found here.

Food:

Alaska 2-1-1 is an available one-stop resource for finding help in your community. It’s free, confidential and available in almost any language.

Mobile Food Pantry (MFP):

Find fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and other fresh food at no cost at Food Bank of Alaska’s Mobile Food Pantry. There are 20 mobile pantries each month in eight different Anchorage neighborhoods. Click here for locations and schedule.

The Anchorage School District will continue to feed students during the extended school break. ASD students do need their own transportation to the distribution centers and must be present to pick up food OR the parent must provide student ID cards. At the site a district employee will greet them at the entrance and will hand them a to-go breakfast and lunch. ASD Food Distribution Centers open M-F, 10am-2pm

  • Abbott Loop Elementary
  • Airport Heights Elementary
  • Central Middle School
  • Chester Valley Elementary
  • Chugiak Elementary
  • Creekside Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Government Hill Elementary
  • Homestead Elementary
  • Klatt Elementary
  • Lake Otis Elementary
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Muldoon Elementary
  • Northstar Elementary
  • Northwood Elementary
  • Ptarmigan Elementary
  • Russian Jack Elementary
  • Taku Elementary
  • Williwaw Elementary

The Children’s Lunchbox will be providing food boxes from March 16-20th at 2 distribution sites. The boxes will contain a breakfast, lunch or dinner, with enough food to feed a family of 4. These will be provided as grab-and-go boxes.

  1. Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W 48th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99517 Monday-Friday, 12:00-1:00pm
  2. Fairview Recreation Center, 1121 E 10th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 Monday-Friday, 2:00-3:00pm

If you are in need of food resources please contact Mike Reusser, Director of Operations at mreusser@foodbankofalaska.org.

For SNAP assistance please email snap@foodbankofalaska.org or text SNAP to (907) 891-8913 and follow the prompts.

For volunteer opportunities, click here. If you have a group of employees you wish to sign up, please email volunteer@foodbankofalaska.org.

If you are interested in learning how you can support food resources in our community at this time, through a donation of food or funds, please contact Jenny Di Grappa at jdigrappa@foodbankofalaska.org or call 907-222-3102.

State Response:

  • Governor Dunleavy has signed two pieces of timely legislation to help Alaska’s COVID-19 response and preparedness.

  • House Bill 206 provides financial resources to DHSS for COVID-19 preparedness and response $4 million in state funds and provides open ended authority to accept any federal funds for COVID-19 response, as requested by the Governor on March 2, 2020.

  • House Bill 29 requires health care insurers to provide coverage for telehealth benefits and can reduce consumer and insurer costs. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC and the Alaska Chief Medical Officer have encouraged those with flu-like symptoms to utilize telehealth benefits before overloading the healthcare system, especially emergency rooms.

  • For the latest information on Alaska’s response to COVID-19, please visit: http://coronavirus.alaska.gov

  • A signed copy of the COVID-19 Health Mandate 002 can be found here.

Ways to Help:

  • Volunteer to help here. The Food Bank of Alaska is asking any volunteers to stay home who may be feeling ill, have traveled out of state in the last 14 days, or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus to minimize the risk of exposure for the populations we serve as well as our staff and other volunteers.

  • Food Donations. The Food Bank of Alaska transportation and volunteer resources are severely restricted. They are not accepting new food drive registrations at this time, however you may drop off food donations to their warehouse during normal business hours, M-F 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

  • Safety. Food Bank of Alaska is  actively working to protect vulnerable community members. This work includes preparing for adjustments in the distribution of food to reduce contact or large gatherings of individuals such as increasing drive-through distributions. These solutions involve distribution of boxes with a multi-day supply of shelf-stable food for individuals & families.

  • Connect. Spread the word that food remains available to all who may face challenges at this time. Local food assistance sites can be found here.

ARIZONA:

Arizona’s Department of Health Services is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor's Office, Arizona Department of Health Service, Arizona Department of Economic Security, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, and the Arizona Food Bank Network. Executive Orders issued by Governor Ducey can be found here.

The Arizona Food Bank Network (AzFBN):
Acting as a connector, working with each of their member food banks every day to do what they can to help. They’re in frequent communication with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, United Food Bank, Yuma Community Food Bank, Desert Mission Food Bank, and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. They’re also working with key state and local agencies to determine what operational changes may be needed if the COVID-19 outbreak continues to escalate.

School Meals During School Closures:
All Arizona schools are closed through March 27, 2020, per Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman's joint announcement on March 16. Please visit the Arizona Department of Education's website for more details: Guidance to Schools on COVID-19

For a current list of school meal programs during the COVID-19 school closures, please see this link (updated March 16, 2020): List of Arizona Schools Offering Meals During Closures

  • Arizona's Department of Education (ADE) is working with schools that intend to continue their meal service programs for children during the time schools are closed due to COVID-19.
  • Schools that continue to operate meal programs during the COVID-19 shutdowns have the flexibility to provide meals to be taken and consumed offsite, to allow for the recommended social distancing precautionary measures, per the USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver (March 14, 2020).
  • Non-school sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program that are approved and in good standing also have the flexibility listed above: to provide meals to be taken and consumed offsite.
  • School nutrition departments and/or food service staff have the flexibility to prepare meals on school sites for non-congregate consumption during the COVID-19 school closures, per the USDA FNS waiver provided to ADE on March 14, 2020.
  • Schools must be "area eligible" to provide meals. Schools must also make a public announcement regarding their food service plans.
  • Source: http://www.azfoodbanks.org/index.php/covid-19

ARKANSAS:

The Arkansas Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Transitional Employment Assistance, Arkansas Medicaid, Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas.gov, the Department of Human Services, and Arkansas Food Bank. Executive Orders issued by Governor Hutchinson can be found here.

Arkansas health officials said Tuesday that there had been no new presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the state since March 17th, and the total number of known cases remains at 22.

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank:

  • Working with area schools to provide pantry staples to help augment meal preparation services. The Food Bank is sending boxes of non-perishable staples such as canned vegetables, pasta sauces, canned protein, soups, and pasta noodles. These items are provided at no charge to the schools and their families. Volunteer support is needed to assemble the products into boxes.
  • For more information on Northwest Arkansas Food Bank’s efforts, as well as resources available to families in need, please visit www.nwafoodbank.org.
  • Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is working closely with local and state officials, Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to make sure their response is fast, efficient, and effective. The Food Bank is coordinating directly with schools to eliminate any duplication of services to ensure an efficient and collaborative response to any food insecurity across northwest Arkansas communities.

Gov. Hutchinson COVID-19 Press Conference on March 17:

CALIFORNIA:

The Governor’s Office, California State Association of Counties, and the California Department of Public Health have gathered information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Employment Development Department, California Medicaid, CalFresh, CalWORKS, and the California Association of Food Banks. In addition, on March 16, 2020, Governor Newsome issued an Executive Order in an effort to protect both renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional Executive Orders can be found here.

Free Meals for LAUSD Students:

  • LA Unified is opening 60 "Grab and Go" Food Centers across the city. Each child can take home two nutritious meals.
  • Starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
  • Open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Locations of the centers, and other educational resources, can be found at achieve.lausd.net/resources.

Meals for Seniors in LA County (County of Los Angeles):

  • Congregate Meals for Seniors: Workforce Development, Aging and Community services operates 100 congregate meal sites, primarily at senior centers and parks.
  • The county is transitioning all sites that serve congregate meals to distributing packaged/frozen meals or providing home-delivered meals. These actions will ensure we continue offering meals to seniors, but do so in a manner that reduces coronavirus exposure and risk.
  • 55 sites will transition on Monday, March 16th and the remainder on a staggered basis by Thursday, March 19th.
  • Once finalized, a complete list can be found at wdacs.lacounty.gov.
    A map of detailed plans for each site: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1paBMfsRqsS4r9Px4xiOGYCfxA4-J9y2E&ll=34.029728592186366%2C-118.13568714999201&z=10

Disability/Paid Family Leave Benefits for COVID-19 (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ):

  • Benefits Available to Those Sick and Cannot Work:
    • Individuals are able to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim, providing short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness.
    • The Governor's Executive Order will waive the one-week unpaid waiting period to collect DI benefits for the first week out of work.
      • What forms are needed:
        • Requirement can be met by a medical certification signed by treating a physician or a practitioner that includes a diagnosis and ICD-10 code, or a statement of symptoms, start date of condition, probable duration; and treating physician's or practitioner's license number or facility information. Can also be met by a written order from a state or local health officer specific to you.
        • Fastest processing occurs online, and submit supporting medical documentation immediately after.
      • How much can be earned:
        • Approximately 60-70 percent of wages, depending on income, ranging from $50-$1,300 a week. EDD has a Disability Insurance Calculator. Payments are paid through the date of a doctor's certification or when available benefits are exhausted, whichever comes first within a 52-week period.
        • The Governor's Executive Order waives the one week waiting period.
    • Individuals who are quarantined, as certified by a medical professional or a state or local health officer, can qualify for disability insurance.
  • Benefits Available to Self-employed or Otherwise Not Covered by State Disability Insurance (SDI) Program:
    • Individuals can be eligible for benefits if they pay into Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC). DIEC is an option for self-employed individuals, like independent contractors, and employers to apply for coverage under SDI. More info here.
  • Benefits Available for Individuals Caring for A Sick Family Member Who Miss Work:
    • Individuals can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim
      • Provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member
      • Necessary documentation:
        • Medical documentation regarding family member in care who is either ill or quarantined due to COVID-19.
        • This requirement can be met by a medical certification for that person from a treating physician or a practitioner that includes a diagnosis and ICD-10 code, or a statement of symptoms; the start date of the condition; its probable duration; and the treating physician's or practitioner's license number or facility information.
        • This requirement can also be met by a written order from a state or local health officer that is specific to your family member's situation. Absent those documents from a physician or health officer, individuals may be eligible for an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim instead.
        • Individuals may also request EDD to send a Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) (PDF) form, which can be ordered online.
        • If medical documentation is provided in any other form other than the EDD's designated claim form, it should be submitted separately by mail to:

Employment Development Department
PO Box 45011
Fresno, CA 93718-5011

  • Individuals can receive approximately 60-70 percent of wages, depending on income, ranging from $50-$1,300 a week. EDD has a Paid Family Leave Calculator.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for COVID-19 (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ):

  • Benefits Available for Individuals Quarantined, Not Ill, and Not Eligible for Disability Insurance:
  • Individuals are encouraged to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if unemployed including reasons such as:
    • Hours reduced due to quarantine
    • Separated from employer during quarantine
    • Subject to a quarantine required by a medical professional or state local health officer
  • Individuals are eligible if they have enough earnings over the past 12-18 months and meet other criteria.
  • Benefits Available to Those Self-Quarantining Due to Underlying Health Conditions & Exposure to Virus:
    • Individuals may be eligible for benefits. EDD representatives will seek details and determine eligibility.
  • Benefits Available to Those Caring for Non-Ill Children Whose School Has Shut Down/Had to Quit to Provide Child Care:
    • Individuals may be eligible for benefits. EDD representatives will seek details and determine eligibility.
  • Benefits Available to Those Whose Employer Reduces Hours or Shuts Down Operations Due to the Virus:
    • Individuals are encouraged to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
      • UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
      • Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and are expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week.
      • However, they must remain able, available, and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria.
  • Individuals can receive benefits ranging from $40-450 a week.
  • The number of weeks to potentially receive benefits ranges from 13 to 26 weeks. Payment could stretch to a longer duration if work is performed for pay or if other deductible income is received during the course of a claim.
  • EDD has an Unemployment Insurance Calculator.
  • OnwardCA is a website with resources for those who have recently lost their jobs. 
  • The Governor's Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so individuals can collect UI benefits for the first week they are out of work.
  • Individuals can apply and file a claim for unemployment and disability benefits at the same time, but can only collect payments under one program at a time.
  • Individuals can collect unemployment benefits if laid off/had hours reduced, then switch to disability if they become sick.
    • Similarly, individuals can start collecting unemployment benefits because if they have been laid off or have had work hours reduced, and then switch to a Paid Family Leave claim if they must care for a family member who is sick.

COLORADO:

Colorado has set up a website specifically to address COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, Colorado Department of Human Services, the Food Assistance webpage, Food Bank of the Rockies, and Colorado Food Pantries. Executive Orders issued by Governor Polis can be found here.

As of March 25, 2020 Colorado has reported 912 cases of COVID-19. Governor Polis has issued a statewide “stay at home” order and Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson  and San Miguel counties announced shelter-in-place orders for residents. Attorney General Phil Weiser has asked the Supreme Court for permission to stop the clock on the 120-day legislative session while lawmakers recess during the pandemic.

Food Distribution:

Hunger Free Colorado has a comprehensive guide to receiving food during the COVID-19 crisis.

Coloradans can check eligibility and apply for SNAP through the Colorado PEAK website. Anyone who might need help locating food can call the Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm).

The five major food banks in Colorado have all compiled COVID-19 resources as well:

Hunger Relief Funds for Anti-Hunger Organizations:

Colorado funders* have come together to create a Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund (Fund) in response to urgent food access and nutritional needs that are emerging in our communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations can apply for funding online.

Policy Changes:

The Colorado Department of Human Services has made a number of changes to SNAP administration policy to address rising hunger in the wake of COVID-19 including: allowing telephonic instead of in-person interviews for quality control purposes, extending the certification period, allowing verification flexibilities, and issuing guidance that the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as good cause for not meeting work requirements.

CDHS is also allowing local agencies and their recipient agencies to sign CSFP applications on behalf of an applicant, provided that that local agency and/or their recipient agency obtain the required signature within 90 days of the application date. Client signatures may be obtained by mail, through an in-home visit, or in-person (by either the applicant or their caretaker) at a scheduled time to avoid a large congregation of people. TEFAP applications will also no longer require a signature.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received a waiver from USDA to suspend in-person food instrument pick-up and allowing EBT cards to be mailed to WIC recipients.

The Colorado Department of Education COVID-19 has enabled sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures.

Additional Economic Relief Measures:

Gov. Jared Polis is working on an executive order to halt evictions and displacement in Colorado. Given the influx of unemployment claims — more than 20,000, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment — Polis said he’s also working on an executive order to speed up unemployment payments. The governor encouraged financial institutions to halt all billing for loan payments, but has not issued any binding orders to landlords or utility companies.

Colorado is extending the income tax payment deadline from April 15 until July 15,

In an effort to boost revenues, Polis said, restaurants can now sell alcohol by take-out and delivery for the length of the shutdown.

CONNECTICUT:

Connecticut has created a website regarding COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Connecticut State Department of Public Health, Department of Social Services, Connecticut Department of Labor, Connecticut Medicaid, Connecticut Food Bank, and Food Pantries. Executive Orders issued by Governor Lamont can be found here.

Since yesterday, an additional 88 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the statewide total to 415. More than 4,500 tests have been conducted among the state and private labs to date. Approximately 54 people are hospitalized and there have been 10 deaths. Governor Lamont signed his twelfth executive order pursuant to his emergency declaration, this order:

  • Suspends non-critical probate court operations;

  • Suspends non-critical Workers’ Compensation Commission Operations;

  • Authorizes remote notarization;

  • Modifies regulatory requirements to protect public health and safety; and

  • Suspends certain requirements regarding the temporary hire of care workers at long-term care facilities.

  • The governor’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order directing non-essential workers statewide to work from home goes into effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight.

  • Drive-through testing sites have been added at 5 more hospitals, bringing the statewide total of these alternate testing locations to 21.

  • The Department of Public Health commissioner has signed an order easing the rules for out-of-state practitioners to provide services in Connecticut.

Food Resources for Adults:

  • Meals on Wheels, the food delivery services for homebound senior citizens experiencing food insecurity, is available through the Community Renewal Team for residents of Hartford, Tolland and Middlesex counties. A $2.50 donation per meal is suggested to defray cost. To sign up, call 860-560-5848 or visit Meals on Wheels. Those who are approved will have meals directed by their doctors, delivered weekdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Senior Community Cafes, food programs for non-homebound seniors, also are available through CRT. Some of the Cafes have closed, but there are still sites in Granby, Hebron, Vernon, Hartford, Enfield, Marlborough, South Windsor, Windsor Locks, Cromwell, East Haddam, East Hampton, Haddam and MIddlefield. For addresses, visit click here. Call first to make sure the cafe is still open.

  • SNAP: Applications for the state-run Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can be submitted here.

  • Mobile Foodshare, a traveling food pantry with fresh produce and other foods, travels to dozens of locations in the Hartford area. Most sites are open once every two weeks. Stops are in Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bristol, Burlington, Columbia, Coventry, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, Southington, South Windsor, Stafford Springs, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Willington, Windsor and Windsor Locks. For a full schedule of the stops, text FOODSHARE to 85511.

  • Click here for a statewide map to access meal sites, food pantries, and soup kitchens. Before visiting a pantry or meal program, it is recommended that you call the program to make sure they are still open.

 Housing & Rental Assistance:

  • People in a housing crisis must call 2-1-1 to be connected to local homeless shelters and cash assistance to prevent homelessness. The Connecticut Department of Housing has waived its policy of waiting 30 days to implement an income change for the rental assistance program and federal section 8 vouchers. For the next 90 days, families already participating in the programs will have immediate adjustments for rental payment. DOH has also increased its rapid exit and rapid rehousing funding by $735,000 to assist individuals and families leave shelters and find permanent housing.

School Meals:

Further updates from the State Department of Education regarding child nutrition programs will be made on their website. Click here to view the most recent updates.

DELAWARE:

The Delaware Department of Public Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Division of Unemployment Insurance, Medicaid and Medical Assistance, Food Supplement Program, Delaware Assist, and Food Bank of Delaware. The Delaware Justice of the Peace Court issued a standing order on March 13, 2020 suspending all landlord/tenant and debt proceedings until after May 1, 2020. Executive Orders issued by Governor Carney can be found here.

The Food Bank of Delaware is thankful that so many Delaware school districts, schools and local businesses are stepping up to ensure that our school children have access to healthy meals when school is not in session during the current public health crisis. To address increased demands for food assistance, both nonperishable and perishable, the Food Bank of Delaware is focused on distributing bulk foods to Delaware families and seniors who are in need.

They are assisting through multiple channels:

  • Partnering with local schools and school districts to make USDA food boxes and donated meal boxes available to low-income families. These boxes can be distributed through schools when families pick up grab and go meals.

  • Providing schools with meals through the Backpack Program for children over the weekend. The Food Bank will deliver the meals to schools for distribution during meal service times.

  • Working collaboratively with our state and federal partners to distribute food.

  • Making USDA foods available to organizations throughout the state. Paperwork and a brief PowerPoint for USDA Civil Rights training can be found here so organizations can distribute these foods.

  • Hosting three large-scale drive-thru mobile pantries for families in need – one in each county. The food bank anticipates serving up to 500 families at each distribution. Dates and locations TBA.

Ways the Community Can Assist:

To meet these increased demands, the Food Bank of Delaware is prioritizing donations of time and money. What they need: 

  • Healthy Volunteers: The food bank is in need of healthy volunteers to help pack emergency meal boxes in both our Newark and Milford facilities. Health and safety measures have been taken to protect our volunteers. Click here to volunteer. 

  • Donations & Financial Support: The food bank is  fundraising to cover the costs of increased food distribution and pre-made weekend meal kits for children. Donate here. 

Food Resources & School Meal Sites:

  • Locate the nearest food bank to you here.

  • Here is a comprehensive list of meal sites for Delaware children during school closures.

  • If you are in need of emergency food assistance during the current public health crisis (or anytime), Delaware 2-1-1 is the state’s referral hotline. They can provide you with contact information for food pantries and other human service providers that can assist! Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-560-3372, text 898-211 or visit www.delaware211.org

FLORIDA:

The Florida Department of Public Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Florida Unemployment Assistance, Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Medicaid, Florida Government Benefits, and Feeding Florida. Executive Orders issued by Governor DeSantis can be found here.

Agriculture Commissioner Nicole Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) activated their Summer BreakSpot website, where families can find free meals for children under 18 during the current coronavirus school closures. The meal locations may be found here.

As of March 15, there are 934 active BreakSpot sites statewide in the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Miami-Dade, Duval, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Marion, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, and Seminole.

The number of locations will steadily increase as FDACS approves additional BreakSpot site applications. Users should check the open dates on the map, however, as some locations will not be active during the Spring Break week.

Saturday, Commissioner Fried also announced that federal waivers had been approved giving FDACS authority to offer local school districts flexibility in providing school meals to students during this closure. In the 2018-19 school year, Florida’s schools served 286,734,316 school lunches, of which 245,782,422 were free or reduced lunches. These schools served 2,908,335 Florida students, of which 2,089,852 were students receiving free or reduced lunches. FDACS is the state agency that funds Florida’s school lunch program, through $1.3 billion in federal funding.

Floridians can visit SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com, enter their address, and search up to 50 miles to find participating free meal locations near them.

Florida Impact has created a comprehensive list of available resources for seniors, adults, children, and families across the state. Click here for more information.

GEORGIA:

The Georgia Department of Public Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can also be found at the Governor’s Office, Georgia Department of LaborGeorgia Department of Human Services, and the Georgia Food Bank Association. Executive Orders issued by Governor Kemp can be found here.

The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute:

  • Sent a letter to the Governor and pertinent state leaders outlining ways to remove barriers to food assistance immediately. The letter is published here: https://gbpi.org/2020/gbpi-letter-urges-governor-state-leaders/
    • ACTION NEEDED: partners welcome any echoes from you and your agency on this important matter as we know the Governor and his staff are looking at all possibilities to provide relief to Georgians.

Brief overview of what the Families First Coronavirus Response Act seeks to do specifically as it relates to SNAP: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Xw4HzMWBzMTDa41sJpLnSCX-gJyHc8lZ/view

  • This is a Google Drive file so can be updated as the legislation moves through the Senate.

Shared resource drives to help keep everyone updated on any changes or ideas across the country.

HAWAII:

Hawai‘i’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Hawai‘i Unemployment Insurance, Hawai‘i Department of Human Services, Med-QUEST Division, and Hawai‘i Food Bank. Executive Orders issued by Governor Ige can be found here.

Aloha United Way 211 is Hawai‘i’s only comprehensive, statewide community information and referral service. It is free and confidential. 211 specialists can help you find food, shelter, financial assistance, child care, parenting support, elderly care, disability services, job training and much more. Connect with an Information and Referral Specialist by phone, text, chat, or email, Monday – Friday from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, or search their database online 24/7.

Local Orders:

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Maui Mayor Michael Victorino have issued stay-at-home, work-at-home orders for their islands. In the City and County of Honolulu the order takes effect today (March 23, 2020) at 4:30 p.m. and requires all residents to stay and work from home through Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Certain essential activities associated with identified essential businesses and services are not covered by the Mayor’s order.

On Maui the Mayor’s order takes effect on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and continues until April 30, 2020.

Governor’s Order for Self-Quarantine of All Travelers to Hawai‘i:

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, Governor David Ige has ordered that all persons entering the State of Hawai‘i to self-quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their stay in Hawai‘i, whichever is shorter. Upon arrival, residents are required to quarantine in a designated location in their residence. Visitors will quarantine in their hotel room, rented lodging or in a room if staying at a residence. Quarantined individuals may only leave their designated location for medical emergencies or to seek medical care. Failure to comply with all rules and protocols related to quarantines is punishable by fines of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

Food Resources:

Hawai‘i Appleseed has been actively working with local, State, and Federal partners to ensure that Hawai‘i’s people have access to the resources they need to weather both the public health crisis and subsequent economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hawai‘i Child Nutrition Programs agency has taken proactive measures to apply for the federal waivers announced by United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week. These waivers allow food to be served “grab-and-go” style, so that kids and families are not putting themselves at risk from COVID-19 when they come to get their meals. They will also allow flexibility in the meal pattern requirements should there be a shortage of certain food items in the islands.

The Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE) has put together a plan to serve grab-and-go meals at 38 of their campuses statewide throughout its extended spring break. (View map of locations)

Finally, the emergency food system—food banks and their network of pantries and distribution sites—are especially burdened during times of emergency. While the legislature suspended earlier this week without passing any relief funding, Hawaii Appleseed is coordinating a request for emergency appropriations to help support the island’s food banks during this critical time.

Aloha United Way has launched a COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. The emergence and rapid spread of this virus has caused a level of disruption in everyone’s lives that no one could imagine just a short while ago. This crisis is also driving urgent and unexpected needs in communities as many face financial uncertainty stemming from efforts to contain the virus.

Click below for the most recent lists of operating food pantries and distribution sites:

IDAHO:

Idaho has created a website specially addressing COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Health and Welfare, Department of Labor, and The Idaho Food Bank. Executive Orders issued by Governor Little can be found here.

Closures & Emergency Food:

Idaho Hunger Task Force anticipates program closures and decreased access to emergency food as a result of the State of Emergency and population of regular volunteers. In response, Hunger Task Force is creating a network of compatible, easily-accessible locations to serve populations in need by offering emergency food supplies.

Senior centers, emergency food pantries, schools, nonprofit organizations and congregations will host opportunities for food distribution. All of these groups will conduct “drive-thru” distributions of emergency food.

The map below shows locations of public emergency food distributions in Milwaukee. More sites will be added as Hunger Task Force confirms additional locations. This map will be updated daily at 5 p.m. Check with your local community food pantry directly for hours of operation.

Click here to view the interactive Google map.

Food Options for Seniors:

To help ensure Milwaukee’s most at-risk populations continue to have access to the food they need, Hunger Task Force will continue distributing “Stockbox”—a free box of USDA commodity foods delivered to more than 10,000 seniors each month.  Hunger Task Force is working to create a network of compatible, easily-accessible locations to host “drive-thru” distributions for emergency food. It’s OK to bring a friend or send a family member to pick up the Stockbox. The signing and interview process are also being waived.

Additionally, the Mobile Market will continue it’s regularly scheduled service in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties in the immediate future. The market is a grocery store on wheels that brings food access to those living in food desert neighborhoods.

Two Mobile Markets are operated in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties in partnership with Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly grocery stores. These single-aisle grocery stores on wheels will continue to serve food deserts throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area, offering opportunities for low-income shoppers to access healthy, affordable foods in their neighborhoods. All food on the Mobile Market is offered at 25% off traditional grocery store prices, which makes buying healthy food affordable for low-income households. Everyone is welcome to shop the Mobile Market, which accepts debit, credit and FoodShare for payment. 

Help for Children:

Many children who rely on school meals are struggling with the closure of schools throughout our community.  As a particularly vulnerable population, Hunger Task Force is helping ensure that children continue to receive the food and nutrition they need. View statewide meal location sites, here.

Volunteer Shifts:

Nearly 90% of Hunger Task Force’s current network of pantries is voluntary and help is crucial. Small groups of 15-20 are needed to help build Stockboxes, while individual volunteers will support operation of the Mobile Markets. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Volunteer shifts at The Idaho Foodbank’s Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello are being held as scheduled. We are in the process of making some adjustments. Please do not volunteer if you are showing any signs of illness, including respiratory illness. Read More About Volunteer Shifts.

ILLINOIS:

The Illinois Department of Public Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information may be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Employment Security, Department of Human Services, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Application for Benefits Eligibility, and the Department of Human Services Food Connections webpage. Executive and Administrative Orders can be found here.

If You Need Food:

  • Food pantries are available: With some exceptions, the Food Depository’s network of 700 partner agencies and programs remains open. Find a food program here. Call before you go to confirm program hours and requirements.

  • Food assistance is an essential service. The Food Depository and community partners throughout our network will stay open during the Illinois ‘Stay-at-Home’ order. A list of upcoming mobile pantry distributions can also be found here.

  • School meals: Many schools are providing take-home meals that families can pick up. Some schools are providing curbside pick up to support social distancing. Some schools are providing several days’ worth of meals. Call your child’s school or visit the Chicago Public Schools website for more information.

  • Public benefits: The Depository's Benefits Outreach team can help you apply for SNAP and Medicaid and make referrals for other public benefits. Call their hotline at 773-843-5416 for a free confidential interview. The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m – 5 pm. Use the hotline and online resources instead of visiting DHS offices and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Getting SNAP:

The Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach team is available and continues to assist with SNAP (food stamp) applications and can answer questions in regards to other resources or locating a pantry. Fill out the SNAP Contact Form, or call their hotline at 844-600-7627 to talk with a member of the team or leave a message and a team member will call you back ASAP. 

  • Note: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was passed on March 18th. If you are currently an ABAWD living in Cook or DuPage Counties, you will not be subject to work requirements to receive SNAP benefits while the state of emergency is in place. If you have questions regarding your case, please contact your DHS office or our SNAP Team at 844-600-7627.

Volunteering and Events:

  • The safety of food bank staff, volunteers and community remains the highest priority. The Depository is taking extra precautions, including increased cleaning and sanitizing of their facility.

  • At this time, volunteer sessions are planned to run as scheduled. They have updated the volunteer repack schedule to allow for two repacks a day. See the schedule here.

  • They are currently recommending that only those between the ages of 18 and 60 volunteer.

  • They are asking volunteers and staff to stay home if they experience any symptoms of illness, or if they have traveled to high-risk locations within the last 14 days.

  • Find a food program near you: here.

INDIANA:

The Indiana Government website is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Health, Department of Workforce Development, Family and Social Services Administration, the Department of Health’s Food Bank webpage. On March 6, 2020, Governor Holcomb issued an Executive Order suspending foreclosure and eviction proceedings until the state of emergency has ended. Note, though, that this Order does not eliminate the requirement to make mortgage and rental payments. Additional Executive Orders issued by Governor Holcomb can be found here.

Resources: 

  • General questions about COVID-19 may be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov.

  • Indy.gov COVID-19 Community Resources Guide

  • @WorkforceIND will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 Individual and Family Food Support - Community Food Compass:

    • Last month, the city joined community partners to launch "Community Compass" an innovative, multi-platform resource designed to connect Indianapolis residents to critical food resources and nutrition assistance. Community Compass contains a finder for such resources as food pantries, Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) retailers and clinics, hot meal sites, farmers’ markets and other food-related events, and more. Additionally, the platform will help residents navigate the nutrition assistance programs to determine if they may qualify for SNAP, WIC or other nutrition benefits. It also includes a “smart chatbot expert” – accessible via the app, text message, phone call, or Facebook messenger – to serve as a guide.

    • Downloading the Community Compass app on Apple or Android devices or by texting “hi” to 317-434-3758. Click here for more information about the Community Compass platform.

    • Indy.gov is working to keep the information available on the Community Compass app as up-to-date as possible, but you can also check the Indy Hunger Network’s website for current information on changes to food assistance programs and sites due to COVID-19.

SNAP:

  • If you want to apply for SNAP (food stamps) and need assistance, please call Gleaners’ SNAP Hotline at 317-644-1280.

Food Bank Resources:

School Food Resources: 

  • To ensure district students continue to receive healthy meals during school closings, IPS will provide breakfast and lunch to all students Monday–Friday through April 3, 2020. Click here to learn more. Meal service is open to all students age 18 and younger, including non-IPS students. Meals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seniors:

  • Transportation:

    • Way2Go is still providing essential needs trips. For information about trip availability, call CICOA at (317) 803-6153 before contacting Southeastrans at 1-855-325-7586.

  • Meals & Nutrition:

    • CICOA delivers freshly prepared, frozen, wholesome meals every two weeks to residents of Marion and the surrounding counties, Monday-Friday. Daily hot meal deliveries are available in Hamilton, Hancock and Hendricks counties. The suggested contribution is $3 per meal. Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center to Get Started: (317) 803-6131 or (800) 432-2422.

    • Community Health Network has suspended senior meal program through May 2020.

    • Indiana Meals on Wheels application.

    • LifeStream can deliver meals right to your door if you live in our 12 county service area. Home-bound individuals age 60 years and older might qualify to receive a meal at home on a donation basis. Meals are available for anyone for $8.25 . Learn more about home delivered meals by calling 1-800-589-1121.

Community Organizing: 

  • In Indiana, Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana's Hungry are working together to coordinate communications among the food banks and other hunger relief organizations in the state. They are holding conference calls every MWF at 8:00 AM to get updates from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH; administers WIC, TEFAP, CSFP) and the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA; administers SNAP, TANF, Medicaid), to share information among non-profit hunger relief partners, and to help each other troubleshoot. 

  • In terms of advocacy, IHN has been working with both FSSA and ISDH on waiver requests, and are also mobilizing their network to contact senators about legislation related to COVID-19. 

  • Statement from Feeding Indiana’s Hungry on COVID-19

Executive Orders: Additional Executive Orders issued by Governor Holcomb can be found here

Volunteering:

Volunteers needed for CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions: The need has never been greater for telephone reassurance. If you are willing to check in with our most vulnerable clients once or twice a week and offer conversation and companionship to those isolated by this crisis, please complete a volunteer application. Faith friendly visitors also are welcome to offer telephone support and prayer.

IOWA:

The Iowa Department of Public Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, WorkForce Development, Department of Human Services, Iowa Food Bank Association, and Food Bank of Iowa. Executive Orders issued by Governor Reynolds can be found here.

All mobile pantries will now be drive-up mobiles. Please see the list below for dates and times.

Not sure where to go for help? Click here to find a pantry near you.

Do you live outside the Iowa Food Bank’s service area? Learn which food bank serves your area and get in touch with them. To find Iowa food locations, please call the Food Bank at 1-855-944-3663.

KANSAS:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor, Department of Children and Families, KanCare, and Kansas Food Bank. On March 17, 2020, Governor Kelly issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending all mortgage foreclosure and rental eviction proceedings until May 1, 2020. Additional Executive Orders may be found here.

Harvesters Food Bank is working with their agency partner network of more than 760 agencies to continue to provide food throughout their 26-county service area. They are working in conjunction with each-other on plans to increase and change food distributions to make sure that we can continue to meet the growing need. They have also taken other precautionary measures that include: modified access to facilities, staff travel policies, updated volunteer requirements, additional cleaning measures, and more.

To find a mobile distribution or food pantry in your area, please use their agency locator here.  They  will be listing closings, cancellations, reschedulings and other details on that page as well. Should you need further assistance, please contact Harvesters through our customer care line at 877.653.9519. 

SNAP Applications:

Do you need help finding out if you qualify for SNAP (food stamps) benefits? Our SNAP Outreach Helpline is ready to assist you. Contact us at 877.653.9522 or snap@harvesters.org and staff can help explain food stamp guidelines, assist with the applications process and answer any other questions that you have. Check out their food assistance locator, here.

Volunteers:

  • Volunteers are critical to the work food banks do and for their ability to feed others. During this time, Harvesters is adjusting  volunteer needs to maintain a safe environment.

  • At this time, they are not accepting volunteer groups from schools and smaller groups that include children. 

  • Beginning Tuesday, March 23, they will be able to have 10 people per shift in Topeka. 

  • Hand washing policies already in place before this outbreak are being reinforced with volunteers. The food bank asks  anyone to stay home if they are sick.

To learn more about the virus, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit:

KENTUCKY:

The Kentucky Supreme Court just issued an order Wednesday, April 1st 2020 putting a hold on any eviction filings until June. Here’s a tweet with more info and a link to the order.

Kentucky has created a website to provide information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department for Public Health, Kentucky Career Center Unemployment Insurance, Transitional Assistance Program, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Medicaid Services, and Feeding Kentucky. On March 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued a statewide order requiring eviction matters scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 10, 2020 to be rescheduled, except in the case of emergency matters and statutorily required hearings. Information about the state’s response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Charitable Food Distribution Sector:

  • Struggling in Kentucky with declining retail donations at the same time as declining volunteer capacity to help sort and pack donated food items. Food banks are adjusting distribution models to limit crowds and public gatherings by emphasizing drive-through pick-ups and appointment-based services. They are packaging additional privately funded, non-perishable foods to distribute to older adults. They are enhancing sanitizing practices within warehouses, instituting telework options where possible, and requiring waivers for volunteers to minimize spread of the virus while still addressing the need for as many hands-on-deck as possible to distribute additional food.
  • Food Bank members are working even more closely with government partners such as the City of Louisville and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to ensure children and seniors, in particular, do not miss meals during the crisis.
  • The charitable sector is encouraging financial donations rather than food donations, particularly in the face of reduced capacity of volunteers to sort through and repackage donated food items. Donating funds, as opposed to donating food, yields a much higher return for your effort because food banks are able to leverage their purchasing power to secure large amounts of product at below retail cost.

TEFAP/CSFP administrator (Kentucky Department of Agriculture):

  • Has not requested as many waivers as organizations deem necessary, but they are at least allowing verbal verification to help limit person-to-person contact. The Food Bank was told they have requested a change in income eligibility for TEFAP to reach more people.
  • The Kentucky Department of Education has been wonderful. They were one of the first to request a waiver on congregate feeding, and informed the food bank last night that they have already approved 800 sites, including both nonprofit and school sponsors.

LOUISIANA:

Louisiana’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Louisiana Workforce Commission, Department of Children & Family Services, the Department of Health’s Medicaid webpage, and Feeding Louisiana. Executive Orders issued by Governor Edwards can be found here.

Louisiana Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Information for Workers in Louisiana if your employment has been impacted for reasons related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease), please review the following information about assistance available.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will do all that they can to ensure impacted workers receive the benefits for which they are eligible.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As per the Governor’s proclamation, for individuals whose employment has been impacted due to COVID-19: Work search requirements are waived and Week of waiting is waived.

Do any of these situations apply to you?

1. Your work hours have been reduced because of lack of work due to Coronavirus.
2. Your workplace closes temporarily, and you are not being compensated.
3. You have been instructed not to go to work, and you are not being paid while at home.

You MAY be eligible for unemployment insurance. You can file a claim at www.louisianaworks.net/hire or by calling the Claim Center at 866-783-5567. Effective March 17, 2020, they have extended their Claim Center hours to 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Be sure to answer “yes” to the question, “Are you filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits for reasons related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?” This will provide needed information to the LWC to help process your claim.

If your work hours have been reduced, partial benefits could be available to you up to a maximum of $247 a week. You must report any earnings for the week that you work, even if you’ve not yet been paid. Report the gross amount before deductions. These earnings would be factored into the amount of unemployment benefits paid to you for that week. A number of factors determine eligibility for benefits. The LWC reviews each case separately. The maximum number of weeks that unemployment benefits can be paid per claim is 26 weeks in a 12-month period. Wages and vacation pay (received or will receive) MUST be reported when you file your unemployment claim. Sick leave and PTO do not need to be reported.

MAINE:

MaineHealth has information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of the Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, MaineCare, SNAP, and Feeding Maine. Executive Orders issued by Governor Mills can be found here.

  • As the COVID-19 situation emerges and develops, Good Shepherd Food Bank is channeling all of its efforts to be a resource for the state of Maine, including expanding hours of operations and reallocating internal resources for planning, preparation, and response. Currently, they are taking the following steps to respond to the COVID-19 situation, while ensuring the safety and well-being of their staff, volunteers, partners, and the Mainers they all serve:
  • Convening an internal COVID-19 Response Team that is meeting daily.
  • Meeting regularly with state and county agencies, as well as other partners, to share information, assess the situation, and plan a response.
  • Connecting regularly with Feeding America to learn from the responses of food banks in other states who are farther ahead of the curve timeline.
  • Maintaining full operations of the Food Bank by:
    • Researching and implementing best practices on sorting, inspecting, and packing food in ways that allow for safe and effective social distancing.
    • Realigning Food Bank staff to focus on essential food distribution.
    • Creating a Critical Functions Matrix to identify key functions, key staff, and back-up staff to ensure business continuity should any team member become ill or quarantined.
    • Continuing to welcome volunteer help in our distribution center, but taking extreme caution in screening prospective volunteers and limiting the size of groups.
  • Serving as a resource to their network of food pantries, meal sites, and schools by sharing CDC guidelines and recommending low-contact methods of distribution, such as offering appointments for food pick up or “drive through” and “grab-and-go” service.
  • Assessing community need to help inform increased and/or emergency response by:
    • Surveying food pantries, meal sites, schools, and other hunger relief partners to understand the challenges they are facing and any gaps in service.
    • Communicating with the Department of Education and other school-related partners to determine gaps in feeding school-aged children.
  • Beginning to implement low-contact distribution methods, pending input from community assessment activities, such as creating boxes of shelf-stable food that can last 14 days.
  • Working with the Department of Agriculture to capitalize on the increased flexibility in federal food resource programs, such as TEFAP, CSFP, and general commodities, granted through the declaration of the national emergency on March 13.
  • Advocating on state and national levels for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other policies that could improve access to food for Mainers.

How you can help: Good Shepherd Food Bank is encouraging Mainers to check on their neighbors and vulnerable community members to ensure they have a plan for accessing food, medicine, and other supplies. Should Mainers need help securing food, visit the “Find Food” section of their website to find a local resource.

Maine Equal Justice has also created a website with information for low-income Mainers about COVID-19. MEJ will be updating it continuously as they get more information from state and federal agencies or the courts. Info can be found here: https://maineequaljustice.org/people/covid-19-resources/

Resources for Food Security:

  • All TANF face to face meetings are cancelled. People will not have to appear in person at the Department. Contact will be by phone if needed. This includes the ASPIRE program and Fedcap. Fedcap is currently calling participants with scheduled appointments and offering phone meetings. They are prioritizing this outreach based on the scheduled appointment time.
  • Orientation will be done by telephone. The Department of Human Services will not sanction families for failure to attend appointments, job interviews, or other face to face activities until March 27th at least. At that time the freeze on sanctions may continue based on CDC recommendations for social distancing. We will let you know if the freeze continues.

MARYLAND:

Maryland’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Budget and Management, Assistance Program Resources, Department of Human Services, Maryland Medicaid, and Maryland Food Bank. On March 16, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order suspending eviction proceedings for those affected by COVID-19 until the state of emergency is terminated. Additional Executive Orders may be found here.

Effective March 5, Maryland has entered a state of emergency. Governor Hogan has restricted events to gatherings of 10 or fewer people, as well as ordered all restaurants and bars to switch to drive-thru, pick up, or delivery service, and closed all senior centers until the state of emergency is terminated.

Education:

Maryland public schools students have been out of school for almost two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Maryland closed all public schools on March 16. Lessons were sent home in packets and online.

Maryland school Superintendent Karen Salmon announced March 25 that schools will remain closed until at least April 24.

Free Internet:

  • Spectrum: Spectrum says it will offer free access to Spectrum broadband and WiFi for new Kindergarten through 12th grade and college student households that our network currently passes for the next 60 days, starting on March 16. 

    • Spectrum also announced this week it will open its WiFi hotspots across our footprint for public use to everyone. The company also pledged to partner with school districts to help local communities use their tools to learn remotely and are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

  • To connect low-income families with Internet access during the COVID-19 crisis, Comcast is offering qualified households two months of free Internet Essentials (rate after free period is $9.95/month plus tax.) This offer is only available to new customers. Apply by April 30, 2020. Details.

Employment:

The Maryland Department of Labor's offices are closed to the public. Individuals seeking to file a claim for unemployment benefits are asked to do so online. More information about applying for unemployment here.

UI benefits available to workers when:

  1. the employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work; 
  2. the individual is quarantined due to COVID-19 with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; or 
  3. the individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection of COVID-19 or to care for a family member due to COVID-19.

Healthcare:

The Maryland Health Connection, the state's online health insurance marketplace, has opened a Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment period that runs until April 15. Coverage for all plans begins April 1, 2020. Find information and enroll here.

You now have until April 30 to renew your Medicaid coverage. Medicaid will not cancel your coverage. More info here.

Nutrition Assistance:

Most Maryland grocery stores are operating as usual. Several stores across the state are offering special hours for residents 60-years-old and over, and those with compromised immune systems.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has asked that farmers markets continue to operate during the state of emergency. Officials are reminding residents to practice social distancing and to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Find a list of farmers markets in Maryland here.

The Maryland Government has this map updated nightly for school feeding sites. Maryland Hunger Solutions has this information listed by school district here.

List of food pantries and service hours in Maryland

Available Resources in Maryland:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, known as the Food Supplement Program, or FSP, in Maryland):

SNAP is a nutrition assistance program that helps individuals and families buy food. The program provides a monthly sum on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which is used like a debit card at participating grocery stores and other food retail outlets.

Call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552 for an appointment to receive assistance in applying for SNAP.

You can also apply for SNAP online at myDHR.

WIC:

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and improved access to health care in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems in pregnancy, infancy and early childhood. To apply for WIC, call 1-800-242-4942.

Additional Resources:

Maryland Hunger Solutions is here to help – contact us at 410-528-0021.

Senior Meals:

PROGRAMS & SERVICES - Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland:

Home Delivered Meal Service will continue as scheduled Monday through Friday between 11am and 1pm. 

For everyone’s safety, the following changes are effective Monday, March 23, 2020:

  • Delivery volunteers will refrain from entering the home and will place delivered meals at the door in a bag. Participants will be called and volunteers will remain at a distance until the meal is delivered.

  • Companion Visitors will conduct their engagements with participants by phone.

  • Grocery Shoppers will review grocery lists by phone and deliver groceries but not remain for a visit.

  • Client support staff, case managers, and care coordinators will be conducting business over the phone and will continue to work on behalf of our participants to meet their specific needs.

FROZEN MEAL PICK-UP:

If you are in need of meals for a neighbor, friend or loved one, frozen meal packs are available for pick up at our Haven Street location. Contact Kathy Tinker to place an order at 443-573-0942.

You must:

  • Allow 24 hours notice for ordering

  • Accept a 5 pack of pre-selected meals (no special orders)

  • Pay in advance by credit or debit card ($5.00 per meal); SNAP benefits accepted

  • Pick up at 515 South Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm

Meal packs include a frozen entree with bread, fruit, milk, juice, and condiments.

Other Resources:

Per the Governor's March 5 Executive Order, no utility company or service provider (cable, internet, electric, gas, sewage, telephone, water) may cut off residential services or charge late fees during the state of emergency.

MASSACHUSETTS:

The Massachusetts government has created a webpage to provide information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Public Health, Unemployment Benefits, Economic Assistance, SNAP, and the government’s food bank webpage. Executive Orders issued in Massachusetts can be found here.

Governor Baker announced a Stay-At-Home Order, beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, April 6. The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), its partner hunger-relief agencies, and their  volunteers are exempt from the advisory. This exemption is based on federal guidance and has been amended to reflect the needs of Massachusetts’ unique economy.

Food Resources:

If you, or anyone you know, are in need of food, please use the Food Finder Resource to get information about food resources in your community, to learn about SNAP eligibility, and more.

For a statewide list of meal sites available for students, click here.

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute has released their latest fact sheet in response to the Covid-19 crisis. This one's on SNAP benefits. If you need help putting food on the table, SNAP helps to buy food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and certain farmers markets. Read more here.

For Seniors:

To ensure the safety of Brown Bag elders and volunteers, as well as staff, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has begun distributing grocery bags outdoors. In many cases, they will stage drive-up distributions that will keep Brown Bag members from needing to leave their vehicles to receive monthly, pre-bagged shelf-stable groceries. Food Bank staff and volunteers are being redeployed to pre-pack Brown Bags at The Food Bank instead of onsite.

Member agency meal sites and food pantries continue to operate:

Please note, some meal sites and food pantries have closed in MA. However, the fast majority of member agencies continue to operate. Many have changed their distribution methods to keep visitors safe. Most meal programs are now making meals to go, which patrons can pick up and take with them. Many pantries are also distributing food outdoors to help reduce risk of the coronavirus spreading to staff and guests.

Unemployment:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created a specific page compiling information regarding unemployment and the COVID-19 pandemic and important information and links as of March 19, 2020.

The COVID-19 Unemployment Handbook (Initial claims filed on or after March 15, 2020)  is a downloadable PDF that can guide you through the entire process of filling out your initial claim and what to expect next. 

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance is hosting virtual halls to assist people who have recently lost their jobs and have questions about unemployment benefits. Check out this link to check the dates and times, and to sign up. 

Greater Boston Legal Services and Mass. Law Reform Institute has created a list of Questions and Answers about Unemployment Insurance (UI). You can find that list here, as well as links to the Spanish and Vietnamese translated lists. Note: This was prepared as general guidance and not as legal advice by Greater Boston Legal Services and Mass. Law Reform Institute.  

As of today, you can now apply for #DTA's economic assistance programs, TAFDC & EAEDC, online at https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/

How to Help:

The Greater Boston Food Bank is continuing to ask for volunteers who are healthy and can help while adhering to social distancing and other guidelines from local, state and federal sources. If you are interested in volunteering on site at GBFB, please sign up HERE.

MICHIGAN:

The Michigan government has created a webpage to provide information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Assistance Programs, and Food Bank Council of Michigan. Executive Orders issued by Governor Whitmore can be found here.

MICHIGAN 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in over 180 languages.If you’re looking for immediate assistance with housing, utilities, health care or other direct services, you can reach 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 from your cellphone or landline. You can also dial 1-844-875-9211 to reach Michigan 2-1-1 directly, anywhere in the state.

2-1-1 is able to provide updates on community efforts and information, including school closings and food delivery, and provide resources for individuals with questions regarding COVID-19.

Local United Way Emergency Funds:

To find resources in your community or donate to your local United Way’s COVID-19 Response Fund, please use this link to access your local United Way. Information will continue to be added as soon as additional resources become available across the state.

Food Resources:

School meals will continue to be served to Michigan children throughout the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order declared by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 23rd. This will continue until further notice. Over 1,400 school meal sites around the state can be found at Meet Up and Eat Up Site Locator Map. The interactive map, created by the Michigan Department of Education, allows families to find the address for “grab-and-go” meals across the state.

If you are an adult and/or do not qualify for school meals, you can find the nearest food bank or food pantry in your county, here.

Here is a list of statewide resources to help you and your loved ones— or places you can consider helping — during the COVID-19 pandemic. The site is updated daily and includes resources relating to housing & mortgage relief, mental health, school closures, feeding sites, and more. You can also access United Way's COVID-19 Toolkit for ongoing updates and guidance about executive orders & their impact on the public, resources for small businesses, internet access, food, and childcare for essential workers.

For Seniors:

If you’re interested in receiving Meals on Wheels for yourself or a loved one, contact your local provider for the  Meals on Wheels program in your community. They can tell you more about how the program works in your area and if you or your loved one might be eligible. There is currently no interruption in the delivery of meals. Meals on Wheels  providers are working on providing additional shelf-stable meals for participants in the event a meal cannot be delivered. They will continue to keep their participants updated if there are any changes regarding their meal delivery.. For more information on AAA 1-B’s coronavirus response and resources and information to help older adults and family caregivers, visit their coronavirus updates page

Unemployment:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order today temporarily expanding unemployment benefit eligibility through April 14 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. An explanation of COVID-19 unemployment benefits expansion can be found here. For a resource guide to better understand how to proceed with claiming your unemployment benefits, click here.

If you require legal assistance, click here for free legal help for low-income individuals and seniors age 60+.

How to Help:

Use this link to see how you can volunteer and support your community.

MINNESOTA:

Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz declared a state of emergency on March 13, and on March 25th extended the closure of restaurants and bars to May 1. Minnesota residents are asked to only leave their homes for essential tasks. Minnesota’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Minnesota Unemployment Insurance, Department of Human Services, and Minnesota Food Bank. Executive Orders issued in Minnesota can be found here. Use this link for Ways to Volunteer During the Crisis.

Education:

Schools in Minnesota will continue to be closed and offer distance learning until May 4.

Free WiFi:

  • Comcast: For the next couple of months, Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available for free, and all current customers will have access to unlimited data. All new customers will have the Internet Essentials services free for 60 days, typically only available to low-income households for $9.95 a month.

Financial Resources:

Unemployment Insurance:

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. Steps have been taken to make the application process a little simpler for those affected. For example: the nonpayable "waiting" week has been waived and changes have been made to the requirements pertaining to looking for suitable employment.You are encouraged to find additional information online at UIMN.org as the wait to get your questions answered by phone will be lengthy. You can access the online application here.

MFIP, General Assistance, Minnesota Supplement Assistance and GRH:

The following modifications have been made to program rules:

  • Current enrollees will continue to receive benefits without the usual renewal process

  • For new enrollees, a simplified enrollment process will be created to allow enrollment, assessments and interviews to be conducted over the phone or internet and waiving certain verification processes.

  • Certain sanctions for MFIP and DWP will be waived so that participants will NOT be sanctioned or disqualified from receiving benefits for failing to attend meetings, submit paperwork or comply with other specific requirements.

  • For more information visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

Tax Information:

The date for filing taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Many free tax sites are suspending face to face tax preparation assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to file online, go to the Minnesota Department of Revenue site for free filing options.

Health Care:

Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare:

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has issued the following modifications to public health care programs to help Minnesotans during the COVID-19 emergency. These modifications will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or for other lengths of time if specified. For more information, visit COVID-19.

Current health program enrollees will retain benefits for this quarter without reapplying. Quarterly reassessments of services for older adults and people with disabilities will be done on the phone instead of in-person.

A range of mental health services will be conducted on the phone instead of in-person.

MNsure Updates:

MNSure is offering a special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This special enrollment period runs Monday, March 23 through Tuesday, April 21. To see if you qualify CLICK HERE.

If you purchased your insurance on the MNSure site, COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost. All four health care insurance companies that sell private health insurance plans on MNsure are waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to the coronavirus disease. Learn more.

Latest Information on COVID-19:

The Minnesota Department of Health is providing a COVID-19 hotline to answer questions about the virus. The hotline is open from 7 am to 7 pm. Call 651-201-3920

Nutrition & Other Local Assistance:

SNAP:

  • Current enrollees will continue to receive benefits without the usual renewal process

  • For new enrollees, a simplified enrollment process will be created to allow enrollment and interviews over the phone or internet.

  • Work requirements will be waived for certain SNAP participants.

WIC:

Many WIC clinics will be closed due to COVID-19. However, staff will be available by phone or by internet. To simplify procedures, WIC has made the following modifications:

    • Height/weight/hemoglobin measurements will be deferred for 90 days at the time of certification (for new enrollees) or at recertification (for current enrollees).

    • Phone certifications will replace in-person appointments for new enrollees.

    • During the pandemic, WIC participants are not required to return formula.

Some modifications have been made for providing proof of income for those who have been laid off and have no income. For more information, contact your local WIC office.

School Meal Program:

Schools may continue to serve school meals to students during the COVID-19 school closure period with a non-congregate dining option. Many schools have implemented school meal distribution plans. Check with your school or school district for more information.

Links to information on how Minneapolis, St. Paul and Richfield school districts are delivering school meals are listed below. Other links will be added as received. 

  • Minneapolis Public Schools Meals During School Closure LINK HERE

  • St. Paul Public Schools Meals During School Closure  LINK HERE

  • Richfield Public Schools Meals During School Closure LINK HERE

  • Moorhead Public Schools Distribution Schedule - LINK HERE

Hunger Solutions Minnesota Map of Meals for Kids

Food Shelves:

Many food shelves throughout Minnesota have continued to operate during the COVID-19 crisis. CLICK HERE to find a food shelf near you.

Hunger Solutions Minnesota Map of Food Assistance Locations

Restaurants:

Several Minnesota restaurants are serving free meals to children K-12 and to others. For a list of restaurants, CLICK HERE and then click Free Meals for Kids and select Restaurants.

Provision Community Restaurant is the first pay-as-you-can restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Typically, they invite all community members for family-style dinners and Saturday brunches, which is not currently possible because of dine-in restrictions due to COVID-19. As restaurants shifted their operations, many donated excess food to Provision. Now, twice every weekday, Provision is offering free, single-serve take-out dinners to anyone who needs it. They are still accepting donations of food and money to support the community.

General Information:

Hunger Solutions offers the statewide Minnesota Food HelpLine to help you find food resources for your family. Call 1-888-234-1268

MISSISSIPPI:

The Mississippi State Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Employment Services, Department of Human Services, Division of Medicaid, and Mississippi Food Network. Executive Orders issued by Governor Reeves can be found here.

Feeding the Gulf Coast:

  • Actively monitoring local, state, and federal guidance concerning COVID-19.
  • As of now, there have not been any changes to Feeding the Gulf Coast’s daily operations or upcoming events but they are continuing to monitor the situation. The food bank is maintaining regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8-4. Please call (888) 704-FOOD if you need assistance or have any questions.
  • At this time they are maintaining an updated list of resources available for anyone seeking food assistance. The Find Help feature is the best source of information at this time for families and individuals seeking assistance.
  • Now more than ever, healthy volunteers are needed to sort and pack food and prepare emergency food boxes. During this time of increased need, please consider volunteering.
  • To ensure they are best serving their community throughout this ever-changing time of need, the food bank is developing a strategy for the distribution of emergency food boxes for those affected by school closures, quarantines and the growing economic impact of this crisis.
  • During this time of uncertainty and crisis, Feeding the Gulf Coast remains dedicated to serving the community. They are in contact with community partners and will continue to be an organization of hope and support for families facing hunger.
  • For children, 18 and younger, who need meals during school closures: The Find Help feature is the best source of information at this time for families and individuals seeking assistance.

MISSOURI:

Missouri’s Department of Health & Senior Services is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor, Department of Social Services, and Feeding Missouri. Executive Orders issued by Governor Parson can be found here.

As concerns over the new coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow across the state and the nation, Governor Mike Parson and his administration are working each day to respond to the virus and protect the health and well-being of Missourians.

Expanding COVID-19 Testing:

  • The state is currently working with the University of Missouri to expand COVID-19 testing. This should increase testing capabilities by thousands across the state.
  • Mercy Hospital recently set up a drive-thru testing site in Chesterfield, and University of Missouri Health Care is also working to implement drive-thru testing in Columbia.
  • The Missouri State Public Health Lab will be receiving more tests from the CDC soon, pushing its capacity to 1,600 patient tests.
  • Viracor, a private lab in Lee Summit, will have the ability to do over 1,000 tests per day.
  • Quest Diagnostic and LabCorp are now testing.
  • Washington University in St. Louis is also working to increase testing capacity.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • The State Emergency Management Agency is working to procure additional personal protective equipment (PPE) for Missouri state and local response agencies, including law enforcement and the fire service.
  • The Department of Public Safety and SEMA will continue to update local response partners as more information becomes available on PPE.

Emergency Declaration and State Regulations:

  • On March 13, 2020, Governor Parson signed Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri.
  • The Executive Order invoked the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan and will allow more flexibility in utilizing and deploying state resources.
  • By declaring a state of emergency, Missouri now has access to an additional $7.2 million for resources such as PPE.
  • On March 13, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of supplies and equipment to travel on Missouri highways.
  • On March 17, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced an increased weight allowance for trucks to support COVID-19 response and an IRP/IFTA emergency waiver.
  • Missouri’s State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is currently activated at Level 3, partial activation, to coordinate state response efforts.

Closures and Restrictions:

  • In accordance with CDC recommendations, Governor Parson has strongly urged the cancellation or suspension of public gatherings of 50 individuals or more.
  • Governor Parson has also asked that facilities attracting large concentrations of senior citizens strongly consider restrictions and closures, in consultation with health authorities, to protect those most vulnerable to this virus.
  • The Missouri Veterans Commission has restricted access to all visitors, volunteers, and vendors until further notice.
  • The Missouri Department of Corrections has suspended visitors at state correctional facilities, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health has also restricted visitor access at state mental health facilities.
  • Public tours and events in the State Capitol have been shut down to encourage social distancing.
  • On March 17, Governor Parson announced that Missouri casinos will be closed through March 30 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • As of 2:30 p.m. on March 17, a total of 432 Missouri public school districts/charter schools out of 555 have closed or will soon close.
  • Additional restrictive measures will be forthcoming.

Coordination and Communication:

  • Governor Parson participates in a weekly conference call every Monday with Vice President Mike Pence and other governors around the country to receive federal updates and ask questions.
  • Governor Parson also leads a call with emergency management personnel, county commissioners, county sheriffs, and the largest 40 city mayors across the state to provide updates – there are over 1,000 invites to this call.
  • Governor Parson leads a similar call on Sunday evenings with elected leaders from around the state to discuss some of the primary issues they’re hearing about in their communities relating to COVID-19.
  • Governor Parson has traveled to several communities around the state to hold COVID-19 with local leadership, including St. Louis, Springfield, Kansas City, St. Joseph, Kirksville, Hannibal, and Columbia. This week, Governor Parson will also travel to Poplar Bluff, Hayti, Cape Girardeau, and Joplin.
  • The state has also been in communication with the major utility providers in the state, and they have agreed to forgo disconnects in the event someone cannot pay due to hardship over COVID-19.

Informing the Public:

  • Each day, Governor Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) post an update on social media including the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Missouri.
  • DHSS has created a website that includes updates on COVID-19 in Missouri as well as other information and resources relating to the virus. All 16 state departments’ websites provide a link to this website.
  • All 16 state departments also have a consistent social media plan to help educate and update the public.
  • A COVID-19 hotline is available through DHSS (877-435-8411) to take and answer questions 24/7.
  • To further assist, the state is working on a chatbot that can answer frequently asked questions online and divert volume away from the call centers.

For information on how to get or give help: https://www.operationfoodsearch.org/emergency-response-2020/

MONTANA:

Montanna’s Governor Bullock has instituted a statewide closure of all dine-in food services, bars, coffee shops, gyms/health clubs, theatres, casinos, and other recreational businesses, and strongly urged public gathering sizes be limited.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor & Industry, Department of Public Health and Human Services benefits webpage, Montana Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids, and Montana Food Bank Network. Executive Orders issued by Governor Bullock can be found here.

Education:

Governor Bullock directed measures be put in place immediately to ensure that schools are utilizing the two-week closure to plan if there are continued or future closures. This includes waiving requirements for pupil instruction time through March 27. Districts will continue to receive all state payments during the initial two-week closure as budgeted and appropriated by the Montana legislature.

In the event there are closures beyond March 27 pursuant to a gubernatorial directive, a district will not be required to reschedule in-person pupil-instruction time lost because of the closure if the board of trustees for the district approves the district’s plan/report that it has made up the lost pupil-instruction time through remote learning, provided for meals for students, provided for services to students with disabilities, and provided other services customarily provided to students in school. Districts whose plans/reports are approved will continue to receive all state funding.

Health Care:

Under the governor’s emergency authority, state funds, with potential for federal funds, will be used to pay for COVID-19 testing for Montanans without health insurance. If confirmed positive for COVID-19, funds will be used to cover treatment costs. Montanans will be required to provide a recommendation from a provider according to current CDC guidance and the state will reimburse them for that provider visit.

Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP recipients are currently eligible for coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

The option will be available to uninsured Montanans starting Monday, March 23. To access the new emergency assistance, Montanans should call 406-444-7605 or email HHSPresumptive@mt.gov.

Nutrition & Other Local Assistance:

Benefit Programs:

In response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services offices of public assistance will be closed to the public effective 3/20/2020. In order to access these services, please utilize the online website at apply.mt.gov, the public assistance helpline by calling 1-888-706-1535, faxing at 1-877-418-4533, sending mail to PO Box 202925, Helena MT 59602 and/or emailing their offices - a list of email addresses can be found at: https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/OfficeofPublicAssistance.aspx

Missoula Food Bank and Community Center COVID-19 Response:

MFB&CC will continue its Spring Break Kids Eat Free meal service at the following locations for grab-and-go meals:

  • Council Groves Apartments Community Room: Lunch: 11:30am-12pm M-F

  • Travois Village: Lunch: 11:30am – 12:00pm Monday – Friday

  • Futura Mobile Homes: Lunch: 12:00pm – 12:30pm Monday – Friday

  • EmPower Place at MFB&CC:

    • Breakfast: 9:30-11am Wednesday & Friday

    • Lunch: 11 am – 1:30pm – Monday – Friday

    • Supper: 5-7pm Monday, Tuesday & Thursday only

All Store (emergency food pantry) services will transition to a box-model.

  • Families are welcome and there is no fear of scarcity. Families will continue to receive foods regularly available at the food bank.

  • The household intake process will be altered to limit time in the facility.

  • For the safety and health of our customers, the waiting room is closed. Services will occur in real time from 8am – 7pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 8am-1pm Wednesday and Friday.

  • There can be no customized requests filled during this time. We are grateful to the public for their understanding.

MFB&CC remains in need of community volunteers to ensure that all our neighbors are able to access basic needs services. Anyone who is healthy and well, please sign up at https://bit.ly/2IJZwuD to volunteer.

Montana Food Bank Network:

The Montana Food Bank Network shared their response to COVID-19 as well contact information for all of their Network food pantries and phone numbers on their website at mfbn.org/get-help. Contacting the pantries by phone is critical to get the most current hours and distribution methods as every location is adapting their operations to be able to continually supply their community while also maintaining safety for everyone.

School Meals:

During the COVID-19 crisis many schools have set up to serve breakfast and lunches for any child under 18 years of age. Check this continually updated list to find the nearest location. https://bit.ly/3blSnwO

Unemployment Insurance:

Governor Bullock has waived the waiting week for receiving unemployment insurance to ensure that gaps without pay are avoided. 

Workers qualify if they are directed by their employer to leave work or not report to work due to COVID-19 or they are temporarily laid off by the employer. Workers who must quarantine or who need to take care of a family member due to COVID-19 are also considered temporarily laid off and eligible for benefits. People who think they are eligible for these benefits can apply for benefits online at: montanaworks.gov or contact the Unemployment Insurance Division over the phone at for UI benefits online or over the phone at: (406) 444-2545.

NEBRASKA:

Updated 04/27/2020

Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services is providing information about COVID-19. More information can be found at the Governor’s Office; Government’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits webpage; Department of Health and Human Services’ SNAP, ACCESS Nebraska, and Medicaid webpages.

MyLNK is a free app with a directory of services and resources from nearly 500 organizations and 1,000 programs in the Lincoln and Lancaster County area. The app can be downloaded for Apple and Android phones, and it works offline once downloaded. MyLNK is also available at mylnk.app/home and is translated into Spanish, Arabic, and Vietnamese. The app and website have a category for COVID-19/Coronavirus response, including updated food distribution information. 

Food Resources:

  • Team Nebraska Appleseed has been referring people to their partners at the Food Bank of Lincoln and the Food Bank for the Heartland (serving the Omaha metro area). Please note:

    • The food banks are under a lot of pressure, but they are working hard to meet the increased demand.

    • They are encouraging monetary donations but not accepting donated food.

    • Volunteer opportunities have been suspended.

    • They are ordering plenty of food and receiving it directly from wholesalers.

    • Food is being distributed in a drive-through mechanism where people can pull up and have it placed in their cars without close contact.

SNAP:

  • In Nebraska, there are issues with retailers not processing SNAP correctly (or at all) on grocery orders made online. They are allowed to accept SNAP for these types of transactions, but they need to improve their systems for functionality. This is especially important for seniors and other high-risk populations.

  • The SNAP outreach hotline 1-800-254-4202 is being promoted extensively.

  • A guide to SNAP Outreach in Nebraska

  • There have been reports of the general public receiving unsolicited calls from what appears to be the SNAP toll free information hotline number: (800) 221-5689. The unsolicited callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. This outside entity that has “spoofed" the SNAP toll free information hotline number is not affiliated with the US Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls from (800) 221-5689, you may file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please visit for more information on identity theft.

  • In April and May, all households on SNAP not already receiving the maximum allotment will receive an increase in SNAP benefits to bring them up to the maximum. Additionally, the state has extended the 6 month SNAP recertification period to 12 months and waived requirements around eligibility interviews

Seniors:

  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all Aging Partners senior centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County, the Aging Partners Fitness Center, all trainings, classes and events will be closed and/or canceled until further notice.

School Meals:

  • All of Nebraska’s 244 public school districts have closed for the school year because of COVID-19. However, nearly 200 districts are still serving meals at hundreds of sites around the state. Use the resources below to find free meals for kids 1-18 near you:
    • The Nebraska Department of Education has identified nearly 200 districts around the state operating free, grab and go meal services to kids 1-18. Find a map of “open to all” and “closed” (or only available to kids enrolled) locations here.
    • The USDA's Meals 4 Kids map shares open site information but also includes open meal sites across the US.
    • Text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to No Kid Hungry's texting service at 877-877 to get referred to the 3 closest meal sites open near you.
  • Lincoln Public Schools Health Services – COVID-19 & Lincoln Public Schools Food Distribution Information 

    • Schools with LPS BackPack Program: For those families currently receiving BackPacks from the Food Bank of Lincoln, they intend to continue distribution of BackPacks on the regularly scheduled Friday afternoons. They will begin BackPack distributions according to each school’s regularly scheduled dismissal time and continue for 30 minutes. Please check the website for the most up to date information. 

    • School Food Markets: At this time, Food Markets will temporarily take place outside the school building during the school’s regularly scheduled day and time. To simplify the distribution and increase health and safety, most of the food will come pre-bagged, except produce, bread and meat, which will be bagged onsite. Look for us to be set up in areas close to the front door of your school.

    • LPS Emergency Pantry: Following our standard LPS closure policy, the LPS Emergency Pantry will NOT be open while LPS is closed. For more information about accessing the Lincoln Food Bank distribution locations visit their website.

    • Rural BackPack Program Schools: LPS will work with our rural site partners to coordinate distributing the BackPacks at the normal distribution time, or alter the time to better accommodate families and volunteers.

  • Schools have been working hard to figure out how to get meals to students who need them. Schools are offering grab-and-go meals, pre-ordering, and meal delivery. Pay attention to volunteer and staff instructions to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe.

Executive Orders: Executive Orders issued in Nebraska can be found here.

Policy & Administrative Solutions:

  • Nebraska Legislature is currently closed, but Team Nebraska Appleseed anticipates when they reconvene there may be a push for Nebraska to take up all state options available for SNAP during an emergency that the state has not yet implemented.
  • Nebraska Appleseed has been in contact with administrators at Nebraska DHHS regarding the SNAP policy response to COVID-19. To date, the state has taken up some, but not all, recommendations. These include the changes mentioned above (longer recertification periods, providing the maximum allotment, waiving interview requirements). However, the state has yet to submit a state plan to implement a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program to provide meal replacement funds to families on free or reduced price meals whose kids’ schools are closed. Nebraska Appleseed will continue to work with Nebraska DHHS and state lawmakers to implement this program.
  • WIC – Team Nebraska Appleseed hopes that our state will adopt a waiver for WIC, allowing people to substitute food products when the exact product covered by WIC is not in stock (e.g. being able to purchase name brand items instead of store brand, or being able to get more than a dozen eggs or a larger container of peanut butter if smaller ones aren't on the shelves).

Volunteer Opportunities:

Food Bank Heartland - Sign up to Volunteer

NEVADA:

Nevada entered a State of Emergency on March 12. Effective March 21, Governor Sisolak has ordered a closure of all non-essential businesses.

Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Nevada’s Unemployment Insurance, Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, Nevada Medicaid, Nevada Free Food Resources, and Nevada Food Pantries. Executive Orders issued by Governor Sisolak can be found here.

Education:

As of Monday, March 23 sixteen of Nevada’s school districts are approved to start distance learning. These schools will be operating remotely until April 16. State testing requirements have also been waived for the 2019-2020 school year.

Health Care:

Nevada Health Link announces a limited-time Exceptional Circumstance Special Enrollment Period for qualified Nevadans who missed the Open Enrollment Period. The SEP runs from March 17, 2020 through April 15, 2020, and will allow eligible individuals to enroll in a qualified health plan through the SBE platform, Nevada Health Link.

The Nevada Division of Insurance promulgated an emergency regulation that was approved by Governor Sisolak to address concerns regarding the virus. This regulation addresses the following three issues:

  • No cost for medical services related to testing for COVID-19

  • Information to members and providers about insurance benefits, medical service options and preventative measures

  • Coverage for off-formulary prescriptions if pharmacy supplies are disrupted

Consumers who have specific questions regarding their health insurance policy should contact their health insurance company first. Should consumers have additional questions, they may call the Division’s Consumer Services section in Carson City at (775) 687-0700 or in Las Vegas at (702) 486-4009.

Telephone & Internet Access:

  • Cox is temporarily pledging not to terminate services for any residential or small business customer due to non-payment as a result of COVID-19 disruptions. It will also waive late fees and open Cox Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

    • Cox’s low-income broadband program, Connect2Compete, which is available to qualified low-income households with K-12 students, is now offering its first two months free.

  • Filer Mutual:

    • Filer Mutual has closed its in-person office and is asking customers to pay online, over the phone a (775) 755-2301, at a dropbox, or through the mail.

  • Frontier Communications:

    • Frontier is temporarily pledging not to terminate services for any residential or small business customer due to non-payment as a result of COVID-19 disruptions. It will also waive late fees and open Frontier WiFi hotspots for public use.

  • Moapa Valley Telephone Company:

    • MVT is temporarily providing free internet for those who do not have access and working to keep customers connected who cannot pay their bills.

    • Additionally, the company is willing to work to temporarily upgrade speeds for those who need greater connectivity in order to work from home.

    • Customers can reach MVT at (702) 397-2601 or through the website.

  • Reliance Connects (in Mesquite) is setting up FREE WiFi hotspots around the city to help residents connect to the Internet to stay informed and access needed resources.

  • Rio Virgin:

    • Rio Virgin will waive late fees and not terminate service for residential or small business customers affected by COVID-19.

  • T-Mobile:

    • All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile wireless customers who have cell phone plans with data will temporarily have unlimited smartphone data and receive an additional 20 GB of mobile hot spot/tethering services.

    • Additionally, T-Mobile is increasing data allowance for free to schools and students using EmpowerED digital learning programs.

  • Verizon:

    • Verizon has temporarily pledged not to terminate services for any residential or small business customer due to non-payment as a result of COVID-19 disruptions. It will also waive late fees and open Verizon Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

    • Additionally, the company is increasing speeds with no extra cost for some mid-tier home internet services.

Nutrition & Other Local Assistance:

Food Bank of Northern Nevada:

School Meals:

Nevada’s Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of school and community food resources for families to review.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) received approval for a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture to support schools and communities in providing meals to children in areas experiencing school or district closure in response to COVID-19. The waiver allows for serving meals and snack in a “grab-and-go” style to children 18 years of age and under at school or designated sites. The purpose is to limit interaction and proximity to other participants, reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Three Square Resources:

Washoe County Senior Resources:

  • Washoe County Senior 'take-out' meal sites

    • The Washoe County Senior Center on 9th Street will serve take-out meals weekdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All other locations will operate weekdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    • Register ahead of time. Call Washoe 311 or visit Washoecounty.us to do so.

  • Washoe County Meals on Wheels program

    • The Meals on Wheels program will continue to deliver food to over 1,100 homebound seniors. Food personal will wear gloved during delivery.

    • To sign up call Washoe 311 or visit Washoecounty.us

  • Smith's Senior Hours

    • Smith's Food and Drug locations in Reno, Carson City and Dayton will be open ONLY for seniors, 60 years and over, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • Whole Food Markets

    • All Whole Foods Markets will only allow service for seniors daily for one hour before opening for the general public.

    • Click here to check for the store's updated hours.

  • Dollar General

    • Dollar General is 'strongly encouraging' the first hour of store opening is dedicated solely for the shopping needs of seniors. Stores will also close one hour early for cleaning and restocking.

  • Target

    • Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests – including elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

  • Walmart

    • From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday during the first hour for customers aged 60 and older. Includes Pharmacies and Vision Centers.

  • Costco

    • Costco will offer two seniors-only hours from on Tuesday and Thursday of next week from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Smart and Final

    • Smart and Final will only allow seniors to shop for an hour beginning at 7:30 a.m.

  • Helping Nevada

  • Helping Nevada is providing support for seniors in the area by picking up and delivering supplies including food, toiletries, hand sanitizer and more.

  • Click here to make a donation to help the senior community.

Unemployment Insurance:

Effective March 18 Governor Steve Sisolak instructed the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), Employment Security Division to waive the work search requirement and the 7-day wait period for approved unemployment insurance benefits. 

Specifically, Governor Sisolak waived the following:

  • Unemployment Insurance Work Search Requirement: Given the unprecedented public health crisis and the temporary shutdown of non-essential businesses across our state, Governor Sisolak instructed the Administrator of DETR’s Employment Security Division, that suitable work is not currently available for unemployment insurance claimants, thereby suspending the work search requirement.
  • Unemployment Insurance 7-Day Wait Period: Effective immediately, Governor Sisolak has instructed DETR to waive the 7-day wait period between applying for and receiving unemployment insurance benefits. This important step ensures that thousands of Nevadans will receive their benefits as quickly as possible.

Nevadans seeking Unemployment Insurance Benefits are highly encouraged to file online at http://ui.nv.gov/css.html. The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation has this fact sheet for applying for unemployment insurance. 

Utilities & Evictions:

Statewide Utility Adjustments

  • NVEnergy suspends disconnects for nonpayment for those directly affected financially by coronavirus; waiving late fees and deposits and making allowances for those unable to pay due to self-isolation. Contact the company's customer care center to make alternative payment arrangements. Call (702) 402-5555 or go online to https://www.nvenergy.com/.

  • Southwest Gas suspends service disconnects indefinitely during coronavirus; offering flexible payment options to customers experiencing financial hardships; making mobile and online access easy. Call (877) 860-6020 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (hearing impaired should call 711) or visit https://www.swgas.com/en/home.  

  • City of Henderson has temporarily suspended shut-offs of water service.

  • Boulder City suspends cutoffs on a case-by-case basis.

Nevada Legal Services is providing information about Nevada courts and what courts have issued administrative orders to stay evictions.

The following courts have issued orders to stay evictions:

  • Elko Justice Court

  • Las Vegas Justice Court

  • North Las Vegas Justice Court

  • Sparks Justice Court

  • Wadsworth Justice Court

The following courts have NOT issued orders to stay evictions:

  • Reno Justice Court

  • Incline Village Justice Court

  • Carson City Justice Court

  • East Fork and Tahoe Justice Courts

Anyone who receives an eviction notice is encouraged to contact Nevada Legal Services.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

On March 26 Gov. Sununu issued an emergency Stay-At-Home order. The order also includes an extension of distance learning at the state's public schools until May 4th, nearly a month longer than planned. 

New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, New Hampshire Employment Security, Bureau of Family Assistance, and the New Hampshire Food Bank. Executive Orders issued in New Hampshire can be found here.

People with general questions on COVID-19 should call :  2-1-1

  • Callers will reach a phone menu, and then select the ‘COVID’ option to reach a live operator.  Callers should expect to wait patiently for many minutes to reach an operator.

Education:

The governor closed schools for students effective Monday, March 16, 2020 for one week to allow schools that have not already done so time to develop and implement their remote instruction and support plans.

Schools are encouraged to begin remote instruction and support as soon as they are comfortable doing so.

Remote instruction and support will commence no later than Monday, March 23, 2020. This will be go-time for remote instruction and support. The initial remote instruction and support period has been set for 3 weeks, until at least April 3, 2020. This is not an end date, but simply an evaluation date.

Free WiFi:

Comcast will make its Xfinity WiFi hotspots available to subscribers and non-subscribers. (You can find a hotspot near you here.)

Several internet service providers, including Comcast and TDS, are providing 60 days of free internet to families with school age kids.

Health Care:

Health insurance companies must provide coverage--prior to application of any deductible and without cost-sharing--of the initial health care provider visit and FDA-authorized COVID-19 testing for those who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for testing, as determined by the healthcare provider. This includes in-network provider office visits, urgent care visits, or emergency services to test for COVID-19.

Health insurance companies have been ordered to address COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire by providing their members with information and timely access to all medically necessary covered health care services. Access to accurate information and avoiding misinformation is critical. Health insurance companies are devoting resources to informing members of available benefits, quickly responding to member inquiries, and making revisions needed to streamline responses and benefits for members. DHS also asked insurance companies to make information available on their websites and take steps to ensure that nurse help lines or other similar programs are staffed appropriately.

Individuals should call their insurance company using the customer service number on the back of their card with questions or concerns. Consumers having difficulty working with their insurance company to get COVID-19 testing paid without cost-sharing, can reach out to the Insurance Department’s Consumer Services Division for assistance. Contact DHS with any questions or concerns regarding insurance coverage at (800) 852‐3416 or (603) 271‐2261, or by email at consumerservices@ins.nh.gov.

Nutrition & Other Local Assistance:

Pantries by City in New Hampshire 

The New Hampshire Department of Education applied to USDA for three waivers for school meals: 

  • The first waiver would allow for an alternative or grab and go meals service that would limit participants' interaction and proximity to other participants and therefore decrease the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

  • The second waiver would allow school in areas not designated as high need to cover meals provided to students under the Emergency School Closure provision of the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Options.

  • The third waiver would allow sponsors to provide reimbursable meals pending availability of meal pattern components.

Student meal information can be found below.

Manchester:

School Meal Bus Delivery Schedule and Locations

Manchester Food Pantries

YMCA of Downtown Manchester will be distributing grab-and-go dinners every evening from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch from the Teen Center entrance, 42 Stark Street, beginning tomorrow. Buses will be dropping off food at the end of the route, then the Y will distribute those meals. You can get an idea of when the buses will drop food off by viewing the routes at www.mansd.org.

Student Meals:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern New Hampshire University will begin preparing weekend meal packs for distribution March 28 to Manchester schoolchildren.

Manchester School District has been distributing breakfast and lunch to school children each weekday, but that leaves a gap on weekends. SNHU stepping forward will help ensure children will not go hungry while schools are closed.

Food will be prepared and packaged on the SNHU campus, then bused to five distribution sites in Manchester. Each pack will contain two complete meals. Packages will be ready for pickup starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The sites are:

  • JFK Arena, 303 Beech St.

  • Crystal Lake Park, 679 Bodwell Road

  • Parkside Middle School, 75 Parkside St.

  • Smyth Road School, 245 Bruce Road

  • Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way

Families are asked to pick the site closest to their home. Volunteers from Manchester School District will be handing out bags from the front and the back of each bus. We remind families to practice social distancing – make sure to stand at least 6 feet apart.

New Hampshire Food Bank:

The NH Food Bank provides food to over 400 partner agencies throughout the state. Visit Agency List located by clicking HERE.  Search the list by entering town/county to find a food pantry or other emergency feeding programs in the area.

The NH Food Bank has a SNAP Coordinator on site ready to help  navigate the application process. The program looks at income AND expenses, with deductions given for child care, rent/mortgage, medical expenses, utilities, and various other expenses. Call their SNAP Coordinator today to get started.

  • Jennifer Lennox 603-669-9725 Ext. 1147

Resources in Nashua:

The Greater Nashua Food Council in partnership with Rivier University, Nashua Public Health Department, Southern NH Medical, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care have developed a Food Access Mobile App for the Greater Nashua Community to locate food pantries, community dinners, farmers markets, CSA's, and nutrition education.  It also contains information on how to access food resources during Covid-19 Quarantine. Download Greater Nashua Food Council App on Apple App Store or Google Play.

For all Food Pantry locations, hours, and food available please check www.greaternashuafoodcouncil.org.

School Meals Are Available:

MWF 11am-2pm Breakfast and Lunchbags are being provided to anyone under age 18 at:

  • Pennichuck Middle School

  • Ledge Street Elementary

  • Amherst Street Elementary

  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary

  • Fairgrounds Elementary

  • New Searles Elementary

  • Broad Street Elementary

  • Sunset Heights Elementary

  • Elm Street Middle School

  • Dr. Crisp Elementary School

End 68 Hours of Hunger Mondays-distribution at their normal school locations.

Nashua Pal: call or email for pantry appointment 603-594-3733 or youthsafehaven@nashuapal.com

Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter: Pantry M-F 1-3pm M-F 7-8am Bagged Breakfast at Quincy St. M-Sa 4-6pm and Su 12-1:30pm Bagged Dinners

Relief Funding:

Unemployment Insurance:

Gov. Sunnu waived the waiting week for unemployment insurance in New Hampshire. Unemployment insurance is available if leaving employment necessary because of:

  • current diagnosis of COVID-19;

  • quarantined (including self-imposed quarantine) at instruction of health care provider, employer, or gov’t official, to prevent spread of COVID-19;

  • caring for family member or dependent who has COVID-19 or under a quarantine related to COVID-19;

  • caring for a family member or dependent who is unable to care for themselves due to the COVID-19 related closing of their school, child care facility, or other care program.

  • UI also available to self-employed individuals and those individuals providing services currently excluded from definition of employment under NH law where partial or total unemployment necessary for same reasons listed above.

NEW JERSEY:

New Jersey’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Department of Human Services, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and Feeding America. On March 19, 2020, Governor Murphy issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending the enforcement of evictions and foreclosures. The Order does not affect the due dates on rental payments. Additional Executive Orders issued in New Jersey can be found here.

New Jersey Information Hub: New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

  • General Questions: 2-1-1 (7am-11pm)

  • Clinical Questions: 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

  • Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts

  • Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Education:

All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, closed on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and will remain closed as long as Executive Order No. 104 remains in effect. The Commissioner of Education is working with schools to ensure students are able to continue their education through appropriate home instruction.

NJDOE Coronavirus County Resource Sheet

Health Care:

NJ FamilyCare, the State's Medicaid program, covers testing, visits for testing, and testing-related services without cost to members. The program will also cover 90-day supplies of prescriptions for maintenance medications and early refills of prescriptions.

For providers, the Department of Human Services Novel Coronavirus page has information on NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid waivers as well as temporary telehealth guidelines for providers.

Older Adults:

NJ Save is an online application from the Department of Human Services' Division of Aging Services to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses. Visit here to apply.

Senior Shopping Hours:

  • Jersey City: In Jersey City, New Jersey, grocery stores will allocate two hours every morning, from 9 to 11, specifically for elderly, disabled and pregnant shoppers, Mayor Steven Fulop said. The rule started Tuesday and applies to grocery stores that have three or more cash registers.
  • Kings Food Markets: With locations in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the grocer is reserving the first hour of shopping for the elderly and high-risk guests.
  • Stop & Shop: Starting March 19, the retailer, will give shoppers 60 and older 90 minutes to shop each morning from 6 to 7:30 a.m., according to the Asbury Park Press, part of the USA TODAY Network. Stop & Shop said the dedicated time better enables social distancing and there would be a designated entrance for seniors.

Nutrition & Other Local Assistance:

New Jersey has an online application and screening tool, NJHelps, that can be used to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources. You can visit here to learn more and apply for affordable health coverage, and here to learn more and apply for help buying groceries.

Unemployment Insurance:

New Jersey has among the most comprehensive Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance laws in the country, which cover all employees – full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal.

New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law even covers public health emergencies – employees can use Earned Sick leave if their workplace or child’s school or daycare is closed due to an epidemic, or if a public health authority determines the need for a quarantine.

Earned Sick Leave can be used for self-care, or for a person to care for a family member, which includes a child, grandchild, sibling, spouse, parent or grandparent, domestic or civil union partner, anyone related by blood to the employee, or anyone whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of family.

That said, variables affect eligibility as well as the applicable benefit or protection. The Labor Department examines cases on an individual basis, and makes eligibility determinations in accordance with the law.

Please do not apply for benefits if you continue to be paid by your employer during COVID-19. Visit the New Jersey Labor website to determine if you qualify for unemployment benefits.

NEW MEXICO:

New Mexico’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Workforce Solutions, Human Services Department, New Mexico Medicaid Portal, and New Mexico Association of Food Banks. Executive Orders issued by Governor Grisham can be found here.

Food Banks:

Resources for Seniors:

  • State Aging and Long-Term Services Department [ALTSD] announced a partnership with Bernalillo County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services [DBHS] to get much-needed supplies and food to homebound seniors and disabled people. Following the spread of Coronavirus to New Mexico, the ALTSD launched a hotline for seniors, people with a disability, or their family members to call in and request assistance with groceries, supplies or meals.

  • The South Valley Multi-Purpose Center, located at 2008 Larrazolo RD SW will be a hub for people to drop off donations. State employees as well as volunteers will collect the drive-through donations, sanitize the supplies/ packaged, non-perishable food items, and then distribute them across Bernalillo County for individuals who are homebound and have called the hotline. An overwhelming number of individuals have contacted ALTSD (through ALTSD-Volunteers@state.nm.us) offering to volunteer in their region. Donate supplies, will be accepted at the South Valley Multi-Purpose Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • ALTSD is in the process of creating donation hubs, like this one, across the state to provide food and supplies.

Childcare and School Meals Resources:

  • Become a Temporary Emergency Childcare Provider: CLICK HERE

  • For up-to-date information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): CLICK HERE 

  • FAQs for Families and Providers: CLICK HERE or EN ESPAÑOL 

  • COVID-19 Support in locating Supplies and Food for Childcare Providers Form: CLICK HERE 

  • Essential Personnel Childcare Needs Survey: CLICK HERE 

  • Emergency Childcare Provider Availability Survey: CLICK HERE 

  • Become a Temporary Emergency Childcare Provider: CLICK HERE

Public Assistance Programs:

The Human Services Department (HSD) Income Support Division (ISD) is taking steps to slow the spread of coronavirus. ISD will go on providing services. But you do not have to visit an ISD field office.

ISD offices are open. But we urge you to apply for benefits as follows:

  • You can apply at any time!

  • Apply online. Visit: www.yes.state.nm.us 

  • You can apply for Medicaid over the phone. Call: 1-855-637-6574 

  • For Questions or to Complete your Interview please call the Customer Service Center at:  1-800-283-4465

General Coronavirus Resources:

  • Coronavirus Hotline: 1-855-600-3453

For non-health related COVID-19 questions: 1-833-551-0518

NEW YORK:

New York’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. You can also sign up for coronavirus updates here. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor, NY State’s My Benefits website, Department of Financial Services, Medicaid in New York, Paid Family Leave, and Feeding America.  On March 21, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring the Department of Financial Services to ensure that any licensed or regulated entities provide any New York resident facing financial hardship because of COVID-19 with the opportunity to obtain a forbearance on their mortgage. Additional Executive Orders can be found here.

Grab & Go School Meals:

  • https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals-for-all
  • Grab and Go breakfast and lunch are available at the entrance of all DOE/NYC school buildings. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch from any building between 7:30am - 1:30pm.
  • Students can go to any school in their community; they do not have to be enrolled at a neighborhood school to get their meals.

Food Bank for New York City:

  • List of all food banks, food pantries, SNAP centers, Kosher centers, Senior centers - https://www.foodbanknyc.org/covid-19/
  • Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem remains open for New Yorkers in need! Senior meals are suspended in house, but they have to-go meals available Monday – Friday and take-home pantry bags available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

God’s Love We Deliver:

CityMeals on Wheels:

  • As the designated emergency responder for New York City’s seniors, Citymeals is preparing 200,000 meals in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Donating can help guarantee a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals during this crisis for more than 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers
  • https://www.citymeals.org/support-us/donate-now

NORTH CAROLINA:

North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Commerce, Low-Income Services, Division of Health Benefits, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued by Governor Cooper can be found here.

Local Food Agency Locator:
https://foodbankcenc.org/find-help/food-finder/

Education:

  • Governor Cooper issued an executive order closing all K-12 schools in the state for at least two weeks beginning March 16.
  • Governor Cooper requested that the US Small Business Administration provide additional loans to small businesses, which will help child care centers among other businesses in communities.
  • Under a waiver obtained by NC DPI, school meals will be delivered or made available in non-congregate settings during COVID-19-related school closures. For dismissed schools with 50 percent or more of their enrolled students certified eligible for free or reduced price meals, SFAs may develop meal distribution methods in which meals are available to all families with children enrolled in that school, with a focus on serving low-income children. For dismissed schools with less than 50 percent free or reduced price enrollment, meal distribution methods must more directly target the households of enrolled children who are eligible for free or reduced price meals. More details here.
  • School districts in the Triangle announced closure plans effective March 16. A full list of school closures can be found here.
  • The UNC system is extending Spring Break and adopting remote learning options to support the CDC recommendation for social distancing.
  • Several telecommunications companies have increased data caps, are waiving fees, and increasing speeds to support remote learning and work from home.

Economy:

  • Governor Cooper’s State of Emergency Declaration activates North Carolina’s price gouging law, making it illegal for businesses to charge excessive prices during the emergency. Anyone who believes businesses are exploiting the crisis to charge exorbitant prices is encouraged to notify the State Attorney General’s office.

NORTH DAKOTA:

North Dakota Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, North Dakota’s Unemployment Insurance Claims Entry System, Public Assistance Programs, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued in North Dakota can be found here.

Food Resources:

School Meal Resources:

Resources for Seniors:

Childcare:

  • The North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) and Governor’s Office will work with stakeholders over the next few days to finalize the guidelines to implement a process to develop operating guidelines to ensure that child care is available for health care and other essential workers through the COVID-19 crisis, which will modify operating practices, prioritize essential workers and create financial support mechanisms. The final guidelines will be announced no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, with the intent they be implemented by Monday, March 30.

Business Resources:

Businesses can now apply for Disaster Loan Assistance

OHIO:

Ohio’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations, Ohio Benefits, Department of Jobs and Family Services, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued by Governor DeWine can be found here.

General Resources:

  • The Ohio Department of Health opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Ohio Association of Foodbanks:

Opportunities to Give Help:

Individual Donations: They strongly encourage individuals to make cash donations, rather than donations of food or other items, to minimize the burden on local retailers and grocers and to minimize the need for person-to-person contact as our warehouses accept deliveries. To make a cash donation, please visit our donation page or donate directly to your local foodbank by navigating to their website from this page.

  • Corporate Support: If your company is able to offer needed supplies, including shelf-stable food, personal care/personal hygiene/household cleaning items, food service supplies such as "to-go" meal containers, disposable silverware, or sturdy bags, or other packaging items like cardboard boxes, please contact Jessica Renwick by email at jrenwick@ohiofoodbanks.org with information about your offer, including the quantity you have available.

  • Volunteer Resources: If you are an individual or group of individuals who are at low-risk for serious illness from a COVID-19 infection, and you are able to assist in volunteering in safe, clean settings in foodbank warehouses, please use this directory to reach out to your local foodbank's volunteer department. They ask that only individuals free of symptoms, without known exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and without known underlying conditions that would put them at higher risk, respond to this call for volunteer support.

  • Other Support: Is there something you're able to offer that we haven't thought of? Please reach out to Joree Novotny by email at jnovotny@ohiofoodbanks.org with your information and offer.

How to Get Help: 

  • Help with Food from Foodbanks: Each of their 12 member foodbanks are working to adjust as this situation unfolds to meet demand for their help however they are able. Their traditional partners in that work - 3,600 food pantries, shelters, and other meal programs - may have decreased ability to assist in distributing food. They have also shifted to limiting person-to-person contact through "no-touch" distributions, to reduce large numbers of people congregating in lines or waiting rooms. Click to lookup the best way in your county to locate emergency food assistance from our network. 

  • Help with Food from SNAP: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, is designed to act quickly to help families and individuals facing food budget shortfalls. If you've experienced a job loss or lost wages, apply for SNAP online at benefits.ohio.gov or over the phone at 1-844-640-6446.

  • Help with Lost School Meals from Local Districts: With more than 600 school districts, availability of non-congregate school meals will vary from place to place. The Ohio Department of Education has made a map available of participating meal sites where students can access food during the school closure.

  • Applying for Unemployment Benefits: By Executive Order, Governor DeWine announced changes and flexibility to Ohio's Unemployment Insurance Program to provide support to impacted workers during this crisis. Learn more and apply for Unemployment Benefits at this website or by calling 1-877-644-6562, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Seniors Resources:

Ohio National Guard:

  • Ohio National Guard members will be deployed on 3/23/20 to help feed seniors, families, and displaced workers. 

  • Statewide, approximately 300 National Guard members will be deployed at the 12 foodbank warehouses across the state, which provide food to Ohioans in all 88 counties. The National Guard members will assist Ohio’s foodbanks in procuring, sorting, and packing food into bags and boxes; distributing that food through “no-touch” food distributions and deliveries; and supporting other logistical needs to protect public health and safety while maintaining foodbank operations.

OKLAHOMA:

Oklahoma’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Employment Security Commission, Department of Human Services, Health Care Authority, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued in Oklahoma can be found here.

COVID-19 Response Fund:

  • United Way of Central Oklahoma has established the COVID-19 Response Fund dedicated to increasing resilience among our most vulnerable individuals and families. This fund will support Partner Agencies of United Way of Central Oklahoma, United Way of Logan County and United Way of Canadian County. It will be used to address the needs of those individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 related hardship primarily due to temporary unemployment, lost income or unexpected expenses related and due to COVID-19.

  • https://www.unitedwayokc.org

2020 Disaster Relief Fund:

  • The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has created the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund that will assist those in our community impacted by the virus, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The fund is flexible and will provide dollars for immediate needs to those seeking medical access, basic needs as well as provide help for our aging citizens.

  • https://www.occf.org/together-we-can-make-a-difference/

  • If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to meet any of your basic needs, please use the resources of Heartline/2-1-1, a 24/7 helpline that provides assistance for Oklahomans in need.

Food Resources by County:

School Meals:

School Meal Sites for Kids: 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education:

  • The Oklahoma State Department of Education has received approval for meal service to continue during possible school closures amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • The department made the announcement Monday morning that the approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is for two requested waivers.

  • The two waivers approved Saturday, March 14 will: 

    • Allow for an alternative or “grab and go” meal service to limit interaction and proximity, reducing the risk of coronavirus exposure; this flexibility would allow possible meal deliveries away from school.

    • Waive the requirement that school meal operations must be served at a school site during unanticipated school closure. This will allow food service staff to prepare the alternative or “grab and go” meals at school sites. 

  • The waivers are good through June 30 or until the federally declared public health emergency expires, whichever is earlier. They only apply to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

  • OSDE is awaiting approval on two other waivers. One would allow schools in areas not designated as high-need to cover meals to students under the Emergency School Closure provision of the SFSP or SSO. The other would allow sponsors to provide reimbursable meals pending availability of meal pattern components.

  • For more information on meal service during potential school closures, contact OSDE's Child Nutrition Programs at 405-521-3327.

Tahlequah Public Schools:

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, Tahlequah Public Schools will offer “grab-and-go” lunches for children 18 and under Monday-Friday at set locations in town. Children must be present to pick up the free hot meals. 

    • From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., families can drive in front of the Cherokee Elementary School cafeteria on Ward Street and meals will be brought out to the car. 

    • Beginning at 11:30 a.m., TPS representatives will have meals at the following locations: Trimble Apartment Complex, Step Mobile Homes, South Breeze Trailer Park, Fox Trailer Park east entrance, Garden Walk laundry room, and North Cedar Trailer Park. 

    • At noon, meals will be available at: Twin Oaks Apartments on Cedar Avenue, Tahlequah Terrace, Elks Lodge trailer park, Fox trailer park west entrance, and the Garden Walk back parking lot.

The Regional Food Bank:

  • The Regional Food Bank staff has created a volunteer model that follows social distancing guidelines to the safest extent possible. Shifts will have staggered start times and each volunteer group will include no more than 10 individuals. These emergency response volunteer shifts will begin on Thursday, March 19 at both the Volunteer Center and at the Moore Food & Resource Center. Weekend shifts are also available.

Senior Meals:

Project Heart:

  • In-house dining has been discontinued at all Project Heart sites in Oklahoma. Project Heart will continue to follow the menu it has already announced but volunteers will now box the meals and carry them to people’s cars. The service will be available 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • In addition to converting dining room meals to carry-out, Project Heart will continue delivering meals as usual to people who can’t leave their homes.

Mobile Meals:

  • Mobile Meals will be adopting a strategy of asking clients to meet the driver outside so volunteers don’t take a chance of carrying the virus into their homes.

Eastern Oklahoma Development District:

  • The Eastern Oklahoma Development District operates SAC Nutrition centers in seven counties, including ones at the Tahlequah and Hulbert senior citizens centers.They continue to prepare meals, but they will take them out to the seniors in a drive-thru setting.

  • People must call and reserve a meal. The number for the Tahlequah site is 918-456-0792, and the Hulbert number is 918-772-2077.

  • Seniors who normally ride the KiBois Area Transit System bus to the Tahlequah center can now have the hot meals delivered to them. Those who drive to the site will find signs directing them to drive around the back of the building to the side door.

  • Cookson Hills Center United Methodist Mission, 32035 S.H. 82, has also closed its dining room and will be serving pick-up meals only. For more information, call 918-457-5181 Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • The United Keetoowah Band will serve meals in a drive-thru line Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Jim Proctor Elder and Nutrition Center. Contact Director Rebecca Dreadfulwater at 918-871-2800 for more information.

  • Tri-Community WEB Association, 17914 S. 580 Road, offers to-go meals regularly and does a drive-thru for food distribution on mobile food pantry days, so moving to only offering to-go meals may be an option. For updates, call 918-931-9371.

  • Tahlequah Day Center will be open Wednesday, but will transition to meals to-go only starting Thursday.

  • People will no longer be able to enter the Hands of Grace Warehouse for food, but it will be available in a drive-up format. For more information, call 918-453-9778.

OREGON:

Oregon’s Health Authority is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Unemployment Insurance, Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Plan, and Oregon Food Bank. On March 22, 2020, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending eviction matters based on nonpayment. Additional Executive Orders can be found here.

General Information:

Food Resources:

Resources for Seniors:

  • Meals on Wheels People - meal service is suspended at all dining centers.

    • For up-to-date information on what is happening at Meals on Wheels People during this health emergency, call their COVID-19 Hotline at 503.953.8158.

    • Meals on Wheels service will continue to homebound elderly; however, their delivery model has changed. To limit contact between volunteers and homebound participants, meal delivery will be limited to three days per week rather than five. 

    • They have instituted a “no contact” meal delivery system and instructed volunteers to keep a distance of at least six feet from those who are receiving meals.

    • Center locations map for volunteers

  • Aging and Disability Resource Connection map of centers for seniors

School Meals:

  • List of schools offering “grab and go” meals for students with hours and locations.

  • Students do not have to belong to the school district that they wish to pick up meals from.

  • Multnomah County school food sites

College Students Resources:

Food Resources:

Free Internet:

  • Comcast is currently providing two months of free internet to new customers, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020.

  • For all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.

PENNSYLVANIA:

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Unemployment Benefits, Department of Human Services, Health Care/Medical Assistance, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued in Pennsylvania can be found here.

General Resources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

  • PA Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for PA 

  • Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (24/7) to report a Public Health Emergency or AN IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIABLE CONDITION such as Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to get connected to resources that might be able to help, like assistance with child care, housing, or finding food

  • Visit our 211 resource search engine to look up Coronavirus (COVID-19) support resources in PA (under the Health/Dental category)

  • The FTC warns that the government will never ask you for money or personal information to receive a relief check, and that these checks are not yet a reality

  • For more in-depth information for both organizations and individuals, including PA news updates and details on how to access resources, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hub

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Pennsylvania resource page for COVID-19

Food Resources:

Resources for Seniors:

  • United Way resource page for Older Adults - food, shelter, benefits, caregivers.

  • Apply for MANNA meals- deliveries continue as scheduled.

  • Meals on Wheels chapters:

    • Meals on Wheels is producing and delivering more “multiple-pack meals,” which limits the number of contacts by reducing the number of deliveries that have to be made to a client.

    • Meals on Wheels of Chester County, PA (Vantage Point Retirement Living/Fieldstone at Chester Springs)

    • Family Services Montco (Arcadia at Limerick Pointe) – Call (610) 326-1610

    • City Fare – MOW Serving Newcastle County (Meadowcrest at Middletown)

    • Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth Beach (The Lodges at Truitt Homestead and Lewes)

    • MAC, Inc. (Summersgate)

School Meals:

Childcare for Essential Workers:

  • OCDEL has implemented a waiver process for child care centers and group child care homes that serve these families. Operators of these facilities who seek a waiver from the commonwealth’s temporary closure order should contact OCDEL at RA-PWDRACERT@pa.gov. Waiver requests will be processed as quickly as possible.

  • OCDEL will also temporarily modify Pennsylvania’s child care subsidy program, Child Care Works (CCW), in support of challenges child care providers are experiencing. Effective March 13, 2020, CCW program requirements will be modified through April 30, 2020. The modifications will be reevaluated at that time. These emergency CCW program modifications include but are not limited to:

    • CCW payment will continue for all children enrolled in CCW based on current service agreements;

    • Elimination of CCW enrolled family co-pays for families whose program closes related to COVID-19 impacts; and,

    • Absences for children enrolled in CCW will not count toward the child’s annual absence count.

Free Internet:

Comcast is taking steps to implement new policies for the next 60 days, including free internet for new customers, special programs for children, waived fees, and other benefits: Visit this page for all details about their programs.

PUERTO RICO:

Puerto Rico has announced a record $787 million financial package to help alleviate the economic impact of COVID-19 in the U.S. territory. The package is bigger than any announced so far by U.S. states.

Gov. Wanda Vázquez said measures include a 90-day moratorium for mortgages as well as car, personal and commercial loans that will not affect people's credit. She also announced a flurry of bonuses, including ones ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 for nurses, police and other emergency and medical workers.

In addition, the government will invest $250 million in tablets, software and other items to help the island's Department of Education improve virtual learning amid a two-week curfew that began the night of March 15, she said.

Governor Vázquez said the island's more than 134,000 public sector employees will still be paid during the emergency and that the government will offer a $1,500 handout for small- and medium-sized businesses with 50 employees or less that don't qualify for federal help, as well as a $500 cash handout for Puerto Rico's nearly 170,000 self-employed workers.

Additional information will be forthcoming. For a more comprehensive overview of the territory’s executive orders, click here.

The Food Bank of Puerto Rico: https://www.bancodealimentopr.org/colabora

RHODE ISLAND:

Rhode Island’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor and Training, Department of Human Services, RI Medicaid State Plans, and Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Executive Orders issued by Governor Raimondo can be found here.

General Resources:

  • People with general questions about COVID-19 can call (401) 222-8022.

  • Rhode Island Department of Health COVID-19 resource website.

Food Resources:

Resources for Homeless Individuals:

  • The RI Coalition for the Homeless has a list of meal sites for this vulnerable population.

Resources for Seniors:

School Meals:

  • List of schools providing “Grab and Go” meals.

  • Due to the closure of schools, free "Grab and Go" meals are available for children throughout Rhode Island. New sites are still being added so please check back or contact your school district or charter school for more options. 

  • At the vast majority of these sites, anyone aged 18 or under who shows up gets a free meal. Some food sites are only providing meals to students who are enrolled in that school/district. These sites have a note under the Time section indicating any restrictions. Whether a site is serving all students or just that school's students, the child must be present; schools cannot give a meal to an adult on behalf of a child.

Childcare for Frontline Workers:

  • Care.com is providing three months of free, premium access to their site in support of your important service to the community at this difficult time.

  • Find help for your children, parents & pets

  • Unlimited messaging with caregivers

  • Free for 3 Months

  • In addition, in partnership with Governor Raimondo and the state of Rhode Island, Care.com is enabling Rhode Island residents to provide needed child care for critical frontline workers. In many cases, these caregivers are willing to volunteer their time at reduced or no costs.* This program is exclusively for residents of Rhode Island.

Health Insurance:

  • A special enrollment period for Rhode Islanders without health insurance is now available through April 15th, 2020 to qualified individuals who are uninsured. Visit  HealthSourceRI.com to enroll, or call customer support or use our web chat function between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday at 1-855-840-4774. 

  • For anyone who is concerned that they need to be tested for coronavirus -- or anyone who is seeking care because of coronavirus exposure -- coverage will start retroactively.

Employment and Business Resources:

  • The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training has set up a COVID-19 Assistance Line and email address (401-462-2020; dlt.covid19@dlt.ri.gov). They are intended to provide support to people regarding COVID-19 and employment issues. The phone line is staffed Monday to Friday during business hours.

  • Unemployment office website

  • Information on SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Governor Raimondo's application for assistance and will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Rhode Island small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). MORE

  • Microsoft Free Offerings: For businesses, municipalities, K-12 and other entities, Microsoft is providing six months of Office 365 tools for free to enable remote collaboration, file sharing and video conferencing. They’re also offering free assistance to set up these tools. MORE

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Updated 04/27/2020:

South Carolina SNAP Maximum Household AllotmentsSouth Carolina SNAP Policy Manual re Expedited Processing

USDA Extends Emergency Supplemental SNAP Allotments: In the last policy update, SC Appleseed talked about the emergency supplemental SNAP payments that bumped all South Carolina SNAP households up to the maximum benefit allotment for March and April. They are happy to share that USDA issued guidance today that allows states to extend emergency supplemental SNAP payments past two months! They updated a one-pager to reflect that SNAP households should now continue to receive the maximum allotment during this crisis, and a chart with Maximum SNAP Allotments by Household Size is attached for your review (many clients probably do not know whether they are already receiving the maximum amount).

Pandemic EBT

What it is: Pandemic EBT ("P-EBT") is a program created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. In a nutshell, P-EBT would provide food assistance dollars to households with school-aged children who would otherwise be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. The benefit for each child would be about $5/day (the benefit equals the amount that USDA would otherwise reimburse schools for the student's meals). P-EBT assistance would be available to both SNAP and non-SNAP households. For existing SNAP households, the benefit could be pushed directly to the family's EBT card. For non-SNAP households, states are finding different ways to connect these families with P-EBT. Preliminary estimates, based on the number of SC kids enrolled in free/reduced price school meals and assuming a 6-week school closure, is that P-EBT could bring more than $62 million dollars of food assistance to South Carolina families

P-EBT in SC: States must opt into P-EBT by submitting a state plan to the USDA; South Carolina has not yet submitted a plan, and our understanding is that DSS does not want to do so. This would leave us far behind other southern states, almost all of whom have already submitted plans, and some of which have already been approved by USDA (e.g. North Carolina).

Replacement SNAP (available after storms/power outages)

SNAP households that lose SNAP-purchased food because of disasters and/or power outages are entitled to "Replacement SNAP" benefits to replace the food. More information about Replacement SNAP is available on this website, along with links to the form that must be submitted to DSS. Please note: Replacement SNAP must be requested within 10 days of food loss.    

SC SNAP Application Processing: Regs & Realities

Federal Regs: Federal regulations require that state SNAP agencies must make benefits available to eligible households within: 1) thirty (30) days of application for regular applications, and 2) seven (7) days from initial application for expedited cases (information from the SC SNAP Policy Manual about eligibility for expedited SNAP is attached).

Realities: SC Appleseed knows that DSS is not meeting these federal timelines, and that reaching DSS on the phone to complete the SNAP interview has been particularly problematic. They are also hearing from DSS about the problems they are experiencing related to an overwhelming flood of SNAP applications, outdated technology, and a lack of agency capacity for staff to work remotely.

USDA Waivers: The USDA has allowed states to waive certain aspects of the SNAP application process; including telephone interviews. Additional flexibilities exist for expedited cases. A big question about this has been: without a telephone conversation, how will households know exactly what to submit? The answer SC Appleseed received is: DSS will call households to let them know if additional information is needed. SC Appleseed would love to hear more from you about if/how these new procedures are (or are not) working for SNAP applicants.

Advocacy: Please continue to share with us the crucial information about applicants' experiences with this process. SC Appleseed made a form to collect this information (or you can email Jaci at jwilkerson@scjustice.org). They are in communication with DSS about the problems and barriers that people are experiencing, and will continue to advocate for improved compliance with federal deadlines. They also encourage individual SNAP applicants to continue to track the date of their applications, and to follow up with DSS about missed deadlines for receipt of benefits. SC Appleseed recommends that, whenever possible, clients communicate their concerns to DSS using a method that can be proven/tracked; fax numbers and emails for local DSS offices are available online.

Remember to visit SC Appleseed's dedicated COVID-19 resource page for more information about other issues affecting our communities, such as school meal distributions, unemployment benefits, tenants' rights, and more.

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Employment and Workforce, Department of Social Services, South Carolina Medicaid, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued by Governor McCaster can be found here.

As of March 19 there are 81 cases in 17 counties in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has this webpage for monitoring the spread of the virus. 

South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on March 13, closed all public schools effective March 15, restricted events of 50 or more people as well as ordered all restaurants to switch to exclusively pick up and delivery services. All non-essential state employees have been directed to stay home from work effective March 20.

Education:

As schools are closed students remain in need of educational outlets. Many school districts are switching to e-learning programs in the coming weeks.

Free Internet:

  • Comcast: For the next couple of months, Xfinity Wifi hotspots across the country are available for free, and all current customers will have access to unlimited data. All new customers will have the Internet Essentials services free for 60 days, typically only available to low-income households for $9.95 a month.

  • The state Department of Education also plans on stationing 3,000 school buses with Wi-Fi access across South Carolina for students to use. The locations of those buses have not yet been decided, but spokesperson Ryan Brown said rural and high-poverty districts would be prioritized.

Health Care:

The South Carolina Department of Insurance has compiled insurance updates by company. As of March 20, DHEC will temporarily suspend the need for a certificate of need to provide health care.

Nutrition & Other Local Assistance:

Resources for School Meals by District Compiled & Updated by SC Appleseed

Resources from Eat Smart Move More SC

Full list of food pantries in South Carolina

Bluffton Self Help Call 843-757-8000 or complete a form on its website.

  • Food Pantry: Bluffton Self Help is maintaining its current food distribution hours. Current clients with their BSH cards can pick up pre-bagged food once a week. Bluffton residents who aren’t already clients but who need food can call Bluffton Self Help’s main line to set up a time to pick up food. Staff or volunteers will bring the food to people’s vehicles.
  • COVID-19 Family Support Fund: This fund is designed to help people with lost wages during the virus outbreak and will go through the organization’s Financial Assistance Program (greater Bluffton/Okatie residents) and support mortgage/rental/utility assistance and food. Families needing financial assistance can access the application online www.blufftonselfhelp.org and drop off a completed application Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Interviews will be conducted via phone.
  • Emergency Financial Assistance: The organization is accepting only completed forms. The application is online. The newly created COVID-19 Family Support Fund has been set up to help people with lost wages and will go through the financial assistance program.

Deep Well Project on Hilton Head Island Call 843-785-2849 or complete a form on the website.

  • Food Pantry: Although in-person shopping in the pantry is temporarily suspended, those in need can register for food assistance and have food from the pantry brought to their car. People can get food assistance only once per four weeks No special food orders are being accepted. Delivery will be available only in an extreme situation.
  • Emergency Financial Aid: Call to speak with a staff member about your situation 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants will need to fill out a form.
  • Livable Housing Home Repairs: New applications seeking help with repairs will not be accepted until at least May 1.
  • Furniture/Appliance Room: This room will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. for those with vouchers.
  • VITA Free Income Tax Assistance: Help is offered on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. as long as staff is available.

United Way of the Lowcountry Call 843-524-HELP (4357)

  • United Way of the Lowcountry’s HELPLINE: Residents in Beaufort and Jasper counties can speak with a trained specialist who can provide information and referrals to local resources and services.

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry on Hilton Head Island Call 843-715-3583 or complete a form on the website.

  • Food Pantry: The food pantry is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Staff members will pack bags with food and bring it out to the client.

JLKevents and DJ Trivia of the Lowcountry are teaming up. Call 843-384-4748 or email info@jlkevents.com.

  • Have groceries (or other supplies) delivered: This company has had event cancellations because of coronavirus and is offering its team of workers, vehicles, and trailers to help deliver groceries or supplies “to anyone who feels like they should not go out and possibly expose themselves to any illnesses.”

Unemployment Insurance:

The Unemployment Insurance approval period has been expedited. Unemployment insurance benefit payments for employers are suspended until June 1.

SOUTH DAKOTA:

South Dakota’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor & Regulation, Division of Economic Assistance, and Feeding South Dakota. Executive Orders issued in South Dakota can be found here.

General Resources:

  • South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 resource website

  • Call the South Dakota COVID-19 Information line with any questions 1-800-997-2880

Food Resources:

  • SNAP online application and the phone number for Department of Social Services is 605-773-3165

  • Mobile Food Pantry Program of Feeding South Dakota will continue its regularly scheduled food statewide distributions with the exception that the food will be in pre-packed boxes and bags and will be distributed drive-thru style. Distributing food in this fashion will allow for maximum safety for staff, volunteers and guests. A listing of distributions by county can be found here.

  • Feeding South Dakota will be distributing emergency food boxes, drive-thru style, in the parking lots at these locations. People are asked to remain in their vehicles; staff and volunteers will be loading the food, one box per household, maximum two boxes per vehicle. Once the first family has been distributed, the distribution dates, times and locations will be evaluated after the first week to determine distribution plans for the following week.

  • List of food pantries by city

  • Mobile food pantry list

List of food banks distributing emergency food boxes in drive-thru system:

  • Rapid Valley United Methodist Church: 5103 Longview Dr. on Wednesday, March 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Star Village: (behind the Feeding South Dakota office) on Wednesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Mother Butler: 231 Knollwood Dr. on Friday, March 27 from 2 p.m.to 4 p.m.

  • Career Learning Center: 730 E. Watertown St. on Friday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Economic Assistance Resources:

Resources for Seniors:

  • Adult meal provider locations list across the state

  • Seniors in eastern and central South Dakota who are currently receiving food assistance through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP or more commonly known as the “Senior Box Program”) will continue to receive their monthly box as typical.

  • Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota website

School Meals:

  • All schools and organizations offering Grab and Go meals 

  • Brookings Backpack Project is offering free meals to kids. They typically provide meals for students who need them for the weekend. Due to the closures, they are offering to double the number of meals for kids to provide them food for the week. A central location is still being decided. 

  • Lake Washington District Grab and Go locations and schedule

  • Aberdeen School District Grab and Go locations and schedule

  • Rapid Area School Grab and Go locations and schedule

  • List of Schools providing meals in the Pierre School District

Employment and Business Resources:

  • Unemployment application and information website

  • Small businesses can learn more about the program and apply for financial assistance at www.sba.gov/disaster or call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955. 

  • Small businesses with questions about this SBA loan program or other assistance provided at the state-level can call 605-773-4633 to speak directly with a GOED representative.

TENNESSEE:

Tennessee’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Department of Human Services, Division of TennCare, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued in Tennessee can be found here.

DHS applied for D-SNAP and announced at the end of the day on Friday: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/news/2020/3/16/victims-of-the-march-third-tornadoes-have-an-easier-option-to-apply-for-assistance.html.

The Tennessee Justice Center:

  • Putting together a COVID-19 webpage to share information regarding health coverage and how the federal nutrition programs will be operating in the upcoming months.

School Meals:

TEXAS:

Texas’ Health and Human Services is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Workforce Commission, Health and Human Services’ Benefits webpage, Medicaid and CHIP, and Feeding Texas.

Effective March 20, Governor Abbot restricted events to gatherings of 10 or fewer people as well as ordered all restaurants and bars  to switch to drive-thru, pick up, or delivery service. Residents of Texas shall not visit nursing homes or long-term care facilities unless to provide care. All schools are closed temporarily. The full collection of Governor Abbot’s executive orders can be found here

On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.”

Education:

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. TEA’s role in these efforts is to help coordinate the flow of information from the state to districts, help districts solve problems, and provide guidance that will aid in districts’ decision-making. Their resources for preparing for the transition can be found here.

Free Internet:

  • Spectrum: Spectrum says it will offer free access to Spectrum broadband and WiFi for new Kindergarten through 12th grade and college student households that our network currently passes for the next 60 days, starting on March 16. 

    • Spectrum also announced this week it will open its WiFi hotspots across our footprint for public use to everyone. The company also pledged to partner with school districts to help local communities use their tools to learn remotely and are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

  • Comcast is providing free Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots around the nation. People can find hotspots here and then select the “xfinitywifi” network. Charter Communications is also providing free Wi-Fi hotspots and broadband to students without a subscription until April 6. Students can enroll by calling 844-488-8395.

Employment:

Texans whose employment has been affected by the new coronavirus can apply for benefits using Unemployment Benefits Services or call 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays for assistance.

Texas small-businesses owners can access long-term, low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s economic injury disaster loan program. Texans can visit the SBA’s website to apply for loans.

Health Care:

  • The Texas Association of Community Health Centers has a website where people can search for community health centers, health center networks and other providers serving the uninsured in Texas. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many centers are asking patients to call first before coming in.

  • Texans can call 2-1-1 and select option 6 for questions about symptoms, travel concerns, unemployment insurance, emergency food assistance, city and state orders, and more. Various counties across Texas also have websites with public health information and local hotlines for COVID-19 questions and virtual screenings.

  • The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage, and it is strongly urging people to give blood due to cancellations of blood drives across the state. People can sign up to give at various locations in Texas here.

How to Help:

  • Communities Foundation of Texas has established the North Texas Community Response Fund that will be used to support community needs in response to COVID-19. Donations to this fund will be used to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who may be most affected by COVID-19. This will likely include support for individuals and families who need access to food and/or healthcare, supplementing lost wages and/or housing costs or support for agencies who work with vulnerable populations such as seniors and/or homeless.

Nutrition Assistance:

  • Feeding Texas has a website where people can find 21 member food banks that can provide free groceries and a place to sign up for SNAP benefits. The organization is also asking for donations for the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, and local organizations are looking for volunteers, food donations and monetary donations.

  • Local chapters of the Salvation Army in Texas are also offering a variety of services, including shelter, addiction services and curbside pickup for groceries. Texans can donate directly to the Salvation Army Texas on its website or to their local chapters, which can be found here.

  • The Meals on Wheels Texas website allows Texans to search for local Meals on Wheels chapters that are providing meals to elderly individuals that can be picked up or home delivered. Local chapters are also looking for volunteers and certain items to be donated. Specific needs can be found on the local chapters’ websites.

  • Little Free Pantry is a nationwide network of local pantries providing food and resources to people experiencing food insecurity. Texans can find a map of pantries in their area here or list their own pantry if they would like to start one.

  • The Texas Education Agency launched the Texas Students MealFinder Map with a list of local education agency facilities serving meals in their communities. The map includes the address of each facility and dates and times meals will be served.

Other Resources:

Aunt Bertha is a nationwide website with a searchable index of a variety of free support services, such as food banks and health care. Texans can search for services in their area by typing in their ZIP code.

Need Help Paying Bills has a list of organizations on its website offering housing support or eviction prevention services throughout the state of Texas, including emergency housing and homeless shelters.

UTAH:

Utah has created a website to provide information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Health, Workforce Services, Apply for Assistance, Medicaid, and Utah Food Bank.

Health Resources:

  • The Utah Health Department COVID-19 Hotline can be accessed at 1-800-456-7707. You can also receive Utah County Health updates by texting “UCHEALTH” to 888777 or the Utah County COVID-19 Helpline at 801-851-HELP (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

  • University of Utah Health to Open Drive-Up COVID-19 Evaluations Hotline: 801-587-0712  Toll Free: 844-745-9325

Food Resources:

  • To locate a food bank in your area, or donate your time or money, look online at 'UtahFoodBank.org,' or call the Utah 2-1-1 Information and Referral line. Other resources can be found here.

  • Utah Food Bank’s website & locate a pantry

  • Utahns Against Hunger 

    • Utahns Against Hunger has created "Need Food Help" profiles for every county in Utah. The profiles include information regarding food pantries, nutrition program sites (e.g. SNAP, school meal programs, WIC) and other food assistance programs. Find your county's information here.

  • Pantries are responding to a dynamic situation, and may vary in their availability, please call ahead if possible to confirm hours and what services pantries are able to provide.

  • The Salvation Army Salt Lake City has begun serving ready to eat meals to people in need, Monday through Friday at 3 o’clock. Meals will be served at 438 S 900 W.

Senior Congregate Meals/Meals on Wheels:

SNAP:

School Meals by county: School District Meal Distribution information

Executive Orders: Executive Orders issued by Governor Herbert can be found here.

  • 03/20/2020: Declaring a State of Emergency Due to Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake, Utah Executive Order No. 2020-6 (published 04/01/2020)

  • 03/18/2020: Suspending the Enforcement of Provisions of Utah Code Sections 52-4-202 and 52-4-207, and Related State Agency Orders, Rules, and Regulations, Due to Infectious Disease COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, Utah Executive Order No. 2020-5 (published 04/01/2020)

  • 03/18/2020: Temporarily Suspending Utah Administrative Code R82-2-201 Regarding Liquor Returns, Refunds and Exchanges, Utah Executive Order No. 2020-4 (published 04/01/2020)

  • 03/17/2020: Temporarily Suspending Utah Administrative Code R671-302 Regarding Public Access to Board of Pardons and Parole Hearings, Utah Executive Order No. 2020-3 (published 04/01/2020)

  • 03/12/2020: Suspending the Enforcement of Utah Code Subsections 20A-9-407(3)(a) and 20A-9-408(3)(b) Due to Infectious Disease COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, Utah Executive Order No. 2020-2 (published 04/01/2020)

  • 03/06/2020: Declaring a State of Emergency Due to Infectious Disease COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, Utah Executive Order No. 2020-1 (published 03/15/2020)

Legislative Response:

VERMONT:

Vermont’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor, Department for Children and Families, Vermont Medicaid Portal.

Food Resources:

School Meals: 

  •  Most districts will still be providing meals to students during this closure.  If your family's financial situation changes you can apply or re-apply for free school meals at any time during the school year, even if you have not qualified in the past!  Contact your school for an application and keep an eye out for information about school meal distribution in your community. View meal service info by district here.

Meal Programs for Older Vermonters:  

  • People age 60 and older are especially encouraged to stay at home in order to protect themselves from COVID-19, but staying well nourished is also critical for your health.  To help, you may be temporarily added to a home delivered meals route. For more information about meals for older adults, please call the Helpline at 1-800-642-5119.

WIC:  

  • WIC gives you access to healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and community referrals. If you’re pregnant, a caregiver, or a parent with a child under five, WIC is right for you!  Vermont WIC is open and most services are being done by phone appointment to align with social distancing efforts. To find out more and get help applying dial 2-1-1 or text ‘VTWIC’ to 855-11.

3SquaresVT: 

  • Has your household lost pay? Have your childcare expenses increased? 3SquaresVT is here for you and your family to help put food on the table! You could be eligible to receive a 3SquareVT benefit or increase the benefit you already receive. At the current time, individuals who are unemployed, or experienced a partial or total decrease in hourly work do not need to meet a work requirement. To find out more and get help applying dial 2-1-1 or visit this website.

Food assistance through the Foodbanks:  

Education and Child Care:

  • Enacted of a Continuity of Education Plan for the orderly dismissal of all schools, and cancellation of all school-related activities, no later than Wednesday, March 18. Read the plan.

  • Directed child care centers across the state to close normal operations (except for those providing services for the children of essential personnel). Read the guidance.

Financial Resources: 

Retailers:

Legislative Efforts:

  • To stay up to date with any changes at the federal level: FRAC’s page on COVID-19.

  • At the governor’s direction, Vermont’s agency has ordered expedited processing of UI claims.

  • Hunger Free VT is advocating for increased flexibility and expansion of Federal Nutrition programs on the state and federal levels. Now Hunger Free VT is working with their federal delegation to make sure USDA grants all necessary waiver requests so schools can serve free meals to all children in need - including those displaced from childcare settings, and with our state agencies to support the implementation of new flexibilities and the communication of new processes to people providing application assistance.

  • The federal government has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to support Americans during the outbreak. The bill expands access to programs that help people meet their basic needs like 3SquaresVT (known nationally as SNAP). Changes include:

    • Suspending all work & work training requirements. 

    • Allows states to request special waivers to provide temporary, emergency benefits up to the maximum monthly allotment for each 3SquaresVT household.

    • Allows USDA to provide much more flexibility for states in managing SNAP caseloads to ease administrative burden on participants and the state.

Executive Orders: Executive Orders issued by Governor Scott can be found here.

Volunteer Resources:

  • Communities and service providers across the state are preparing and coordinating to make sure their neighbors have access to food. Connect with others or your local Hunger Council to join their efforts.

The Peace & Justice Center has also compiled a list of resources for folks who are able to help others and for those in need of help, specific to different regions across Vermont. You can find those here.

VIRGINIA:

Virginia’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Employment Commission, Department of Social Services, Department of Medical Assistance Services, Department of Education, and Feeding America.

If you are in need of assistance beyond food as a result of coronavirus, please call the United Way’s hotline at 757-858-7777 or visit this page to complete an online form.

Food Resources:

  • Apply for benefits either online or by phone at 1-855-635-4370.

Food Pantry Resources:

  • Federation of Virginia Food Banks & Food Banks Map

  • Feeding America

  • The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Distributions for the Foodbank’s Eastern Shore Branch listed here:

  • Food Bank Partner Agency Directory

  • The Foodbank is suspending Friday USDA Distributions until further notice, and we are not accepting visitors to the Foodbank at this time. 

    • The Foodbank will distribute food at these YMCA locations Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Suffolk Family YMCA, James L. Camp Jr. Family YMCA, The Y on Granby, Greenbrier Family YMCA.

  • Mercy Chefs distributes food in Portsmouth, Virginia 

  • HR Food Bank website to find a pantry location or view cancellations.

    • Individuals or families needing immediate food assistance at our Hampton warehouse facility can receive food by appointment on Tuesday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Please call (757) 596-7188 to schedule an appointment time.

Seniors: 

Student Meals:

List of Approved Meal Service Sites as of March 23, 2020 (XLS) - This list is subject to change. Please confirm meal service with your local school division.

School Meals by county:

Executive Orders by Gov. Northam: Executive Orders issued by Governor Northam can be found here.

Legislative Efforts:

  • Federation of Virginia Food Banks are urging that the U.S. House of Representatives pass (and the U.S. Senate subsequently pass) the House Emergency COVID-19 Bill.

  • https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/

    • The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is loosening income eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program to increase access during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    • VDACS is also reducing the threat of exposure for seniors in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) by changing delivery schedules—while maintaining the quantity of food—and removing delivery signing requirements.

    • The Federation of Virginia Food Banks, representing seven regional food banks, is standardizing low- and no-touch distribution, pre-boxed items, and drive-through distribution mechanisms.

WASHINGTON:

Washington’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Employment Security Department, Office of Economic Development, Department of Social and Health Services, Health Care Authority, Office of the Insurance Commission, Washington Health Plan Finder, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued by Governor Inslee can be found here.

Workers:
The Employment Security Department expanded benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. See who qualifies for specific benefits.

For additional information on:

  • Benefits for employees directed to isolate or quarantine
  • Temporary layoffs related to COVID-19
  • Job loss related to COVID-19

Get employment information from ESD: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

For quarantined health care workers and first responders: https://lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/workers-compensation-coverage-and-coronavirus-covid-19-common-questions

Businesses:
For information on:

  • Financial assistance (including SBA loans)
    Export assistance
  • Employer and worker assistance
  • Insurance assistance

Get resources for impacted businesses and workers: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-resources-businesses-and-workers

For business insurance information:

Visit the Insurance Commissioner’s webpage: https://www.insurance.wa.gov/coronavirus-insurance-information-businesses

Schools:
For updates on:

  • School closures
  • Information and guidance for parents

Visit the OSPI COVID-19 webpage: https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources

Insurance:
We have ordered Washington health insurers to waive deductibles and co-pays for coronavirus testing. For information related to:

  • Health insurance
  • Travel insurance

Get insurance information (Insurance Commissioner): http://www.insurance.wa.gov/coronavirus

For Washingtonians without health insurance: the Washington Health Benefits Exchange opened a limited-time special enrollment period through April 8, 2020.

Enroll for health insurance: https://www.wahbexchange.org/new-customers/who-can-sign-up/special-enrollment-period/

Veterans:
For information about state veterans homes:

Visit the WA Dept. of Veterans Affairs webpage: http://www.dva.wa.gov/covid

Local Health Departments:
For information specific to your county, visit the website of your local health department:
https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources

COVID-19 Response Fund:
Hosted by Seattle Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

In the near-term, one-time operating grants will fund organizations that have deep roots within priority populations, such as:

  • Residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days
  • Residents with limited English language proficiency
  • Healthcare and gig economy workers
  • Communities of color

The first phase of these rapid-response grants will address:

  • The economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19
  • Increased demand for medical information and support
  • Fear and confusion about the outbreak among the region’s most vulnerable residents

Seattle Foundation:

  • Will administer grants in partnership with United Way of King County, King County’s Pandemic Community Advisory Group, and Fund partners. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards. In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. The Fund expects to make an initial round of grants within the next few weeks.
  • FUND TOTAL, as of March 17 at noon: $11.4 million, including $230,000+ in online gifts.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Effective March 25, Mayor Bowser has closed all non-essential businesses in DC. 

DC Health is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Mayor’s Office, Department of Employment Services, Department of Human Services, DC Medicaid, and Feeding America.    

Public health authorities are learning more about COVID-19 every day. Stay up-to-date:

Education:

DCPS prepared printed packets of learning materials for every grade level from Pre-K through 8th grade and each graduation requirement course for 9-12th grade. These activities will continue classroom learning at home and engage students during a period of school closure. These materials were designed to meet the needs of all students including English Learners and students with special needs. DCPS families can pick up hardcopies of distance learning printed materials at their school on the following days between 8:30 am and 2 pm: Thursday, March 19; Friday, March 20; and Monday, March 23. Due to the extended school closure timeline, there will be second round of packet pick-up days on March 31 and April 1 to support student’s learning through April 24. More information will be shared at a later date.

Instructional materials will be available online starting Friday, March 20. Follow this link to download lessons and activities for students, no login or password necessary..

Health Care:

DC Health Link has a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Enrollment Period, residents can enroll now.

The DC Government has prepared this website for all healthcare needs for individuals, small businesses, and employees to access resources during COVID-19.

Paid Leave:

DC Family Medical Leave Act protects your job while you take paid or unpaid leave. Your boss is obligated to protect your job while taking DCFMLA – your job must be there for you once you return from DCFMLA. Special changes have been made during the COVID-19 emergency. 

DC Family Medical Leave Act (DCFMLA) Factsheet

General information regarding DCFMLA: 

The District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act (DCFMLA) requires employers with 20 or more employees to provide eligible employees with 16 weeks of unpaid family leave and 16 weeks of unpaid medical leave during a 24 month period.

Leave under DCFMLA may be taken in blocks of time, intermittently, and in certain circumstances, at a reduced schedule.

Employees can also use any accrued time instead of unpaid leave including Paid Sick and Safe Leave. 

Family Leave: Eligible circumstances for family leave under DCFMLA include the birth of a child, adopting a child, or caring for a child in foster care. Caring for a seriously ill family member is also eligible for family leave.

Medical Leave: Eligible circumstances for medical leave under DCFMLA includes recovering from a serious illness rendering the employee unable to work. 

Changes during the COVID-19 Emergency:

Changes to the law can be found on page 4 of the COVID-19 Response Temporary Amendment Act of 2020

The emergency legislation allows workers to use DCFMLA leave for any reason related to COVID-19, including self-quarantining:

    • DCFMLA now covers all small businesses regardless of size

    • DCFMLAnow waives amount and time you needed to work before you are allowed to apply

Nutrition & Other Local Assistance:

If you are currently receiving public benefits (TANF, SNAP a/k/a Food Stamps, DC Medicaid, DC Alliance, childcare vouchers), and your benefits are set to expire in March or April, your benefits will be automatically renewed. You do not need to visit a Department of Human Service Center to renew.

If you need to apply for TANF, SNAP(Food Stamps), DC Alliance, or childcare vouchers, you can print and drop off an application at your local DHS Service Center. Make a copy of any papers you drop off and write yourself a detailed note stating how and when you turned the papers in.

To apply for Medicaid (free) or DC Health Exchange (subsidized healthcare), visit www.dchealthlink.com.

Meal Location Information:

Washington DC’s tireless agency, nonprofit, and local business partners, have produced a range of services for DC residents who need food resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.This  map of these resources will be updated each evening.    

The full list of DC government food resources is here.

Unemployment Insurance:

DC passed special rules allowing you to apply if you or your employer have been affected by the emergency including lost hours or temporary loss of employment. They also got rid of some of the provisions that required you to work for a certain amount of time before accessing Unemployment benefits and to be actively looking for work while unemployed. Learn more from DC Legal Aid.

Many of the documents currently available online include the normal process for applying and receiving benefits. Some restrictions have been waived for the emergency. If you think you might be eligible, you should apply.  

Please do not become discouraged if you experience long wait times and some slowness with the online system. Thousands of people have become suddenly eligible for Unemployment Benefits and are accessing the system. Our allies are also working to ensure that everyone can access the system.

What is Unemployment Compensation?

Unemployment Compensation is a weekly cash benefit of up to half of your past wages. How Unemployment Benefits are calculated.

How to Apply: 

To apply for Unemployment Compensation in DC, call the Department of Employment Services at 202-724-7000 or online at does.dc.gov.

Who is Eligible?

If your last employer of at least  30 days was in DC, you can apply for Unemployment Compensation in DC. You can find resources for accessing unemployment compensation in Maryland and Virginia here

You must have a Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number to apply.

COVID-19 Emergency Changes: 

You can apply for Unemployment Compensation if you lose your job because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  This includes if:

  1. You are under quarantine or self-quarantine

  2. Your employer shuts down (even temporarily) due to COVID-10

  3. You voluntarily leave your job because your employer is not following the health and safety rules for COVID-19 as required by your doctor of a public health agency – you will need documentation, preferably from your doctor.

Some of the normal rules have been suspended for workers who apply for unemployment benefits because of COVID-19:

  • You do not have to search for work each week (to allow you to stay safe at home)

  • You can apply for unemployment even if you plan to go back to work with this same employer after the public health crisis.

Tipped Workers: 

Tipped workers are eligible for unemployment benefits. Your benefit amount will be based on the amount your employer reported that you received in wages and tips. How Unemployment Benefits are calculated.

Links for More Information:

WEST VIRGINIA:

West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, WorkForce West Virginia, Bureau for Children and Families, and Feeding America. Executive Orders issued in West Virginia can be found here.

Food Agency Locators by County: https://wvde.us/covid19/feeding-site-information/

There are both ad-hoc emergency responses forming to provide food and resources to people stranded at home in rural communities as well as coordination between county school boards to provide meals to children at specific schools and via bus deliveries on a specific route. This has all materialized in the past 4 days. Per DHHR, SNAP and TANF will be extended to all populations indefinitely. This also means they are waiving time limits for ABAWDs in counties that otherwise would have been responsible for complying with the 90 day time limit requirements.The agency is also permitting telephonic interviews for the time being as well.

The DOE Office of Child Nutrition:

  • Has been taking meetings with the Department of Health and Human Resources to begin putting into motion the necessary protocols to ensure WV can begin to implement the Families First act, particularly whatever version of the child nutrition dollars go on EBT cards.

Food Banks:

  • Should also be receiving major food and cash influx once that bill is passed. The challenge will be to coordinate these responses into something coherent and ensure that those things that work best are being continued, and that innovation is not captured by interest groups that have more interest in turning a profit than in providing food to people. There is a heightened awareness that this could be the case and partners are trying to scan the landscape right now to understand the multi-faceted food access response underway.
  • The hope is to develop a map portal of resources from DOE, School boards, and charities that also clearly communicate shifting policy around SNAP/WIC that the Families First act (when it is finally signed) will set into motion.
  • Partners are tracking the evolution of P-SNAP. This was authorized in 2013 for 1 year, and would include a 12 month waiver for all work requirements, but this has not been renewed as far as anyone can tell, nor is it in the current department of ag plan. Partners are having trouble getting visibility at the federal level of what is being discussed, but I think it's critical that we advocate for a nation wide waiver and extreme flexibility for states to implement and expand SNAP.

WISCONSIN:

Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Workforce Development, Department of Health Services’ Benefits webpage, ACCESS, Medicaid in Wisconsin, Food Pantries, and Feeding America.

General Resources:

  • COVID-19 Information and Resources from 211 Wisconsin click here. 

  • For Energy Assistance click here

  • Internet Access: Several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are offering free or low-cost internet access options in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.  To see a list from the Public Service Commission, please click here.

Spectrum is offering free home internet access for students who may need it while face-to-face instruction is cancelled due to COVID-19. Households with a child in preschool-college can qualify. Call Spectrum at 855-707-7328 and ask for the free internet for students affected by school closures due to COVID-19. Households may receive up to 2 months of free service. If they do not cancel services before the 3rd month begins, they will be charged the promotional new customer rate of $49.99/month. Free internet services are available at standard speeds. High speeds are not available. There is no installation fee. Services are available everywhere that Spectrum provides regular internet services. 

Food Resources:

  • 2-1-1: The United Way of Dane County runs a free information service designed to connect those in need with service providers; including those looking for an emergency food resource. Just dial 211 on your phone, give them your zip code, and they will tell you where the nearest emergency food provider is.

  • If you are recently unemployed, laid off, or have had your hours reduced, apply for FoodShare (formerly food stamps) or call (877) 366-3635. You do not need to go to the welfare office; you may apply online. 

    • If you need help with FoodShare, call Hunger Task Force at the Robles Center for direction at (414) 897-0460.

  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Benefits: click here.

  • Milwaukee County Emergency Food Distribution Map The map lists public senior Stockbox sites, school meal sites and outdoor emergency food distribution sites in Milwaukee. Search by zip code in the upper left hand corner to see a list of all the sites in your area. Then, click on individual sites to see details: days and times of service, type of program, etc. This resource is updated daily. Check with your local community food pantry directly for hours of operation. If there is a low-income adult age 60 or older in your home, they can receive a Stockbox.

  • Hunger Task Force: With Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order—starting Wednesday, March 25—Hunger Task Force will continue to operate as an essential service. The map above shows where people in need can get access to help with food.

  • Food Pantries and Feeding America websites.

  • Southern Wisconsin Food Pantry Updates.

  • Agency Locator provides a list of food assistance options for each of the communities we serve throughout NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin.

  • The Salvation Army is also distributing boxes at their downtown location. Please check their website for updated information.

Student Meals:

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

  • Milwaukee Public School “Stop, Grab and Go” Food Distribution Sites: click here

  • Greendale Schools Access to Lunch Service: click here

  • Racine Schools Access to Lunch Service: click here

  • Food and Lunches for Kids in Need Impacted by COVID-19: click here 

  • School pantries, because a majority of schools are closed in southwestern Wisconsin, that means the food pantries located in those schools are also closed.

  • College Student Meals: University of Wisconsin-Madison: Students in need of food right now can fill out this form to pick-up a box of food near Union South. Fill out the form by Thursday at 12pm to pick up the following Tuesday at 12pm. Email openseat@asm.wisc.esu with questions

Food Options for Seniors:

  • To help ensure Milwaukee’s most at-risk populations continue to have access to the food they need, Hunger Task Force will continue distributing “Stockbox”—a free box of USDA commodity foods delivered to more than 10,000 seniors each month.  Hunger Task Force is working to create a network of compatible, easily-accessible locations to host “drive-thru” distributions for emergency food. It’s OK to bring a friend or send a family member to pick up the Stockbox. The signing and interview process are also being waived.

  • Additionally, the Mobile Market will continue it’s regularly scheduled service in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties in the immediate future. The market is a grocery store on wheels that brings food access to those living in food desert neighborhoods.

  • Meals on Wheels for Home-Bound Residents in central and east central Wisconsin: click here.

School Meals by School District:

Executive Orders: Executive Orders issued by Governor Evers can be found here.  

Legislative Efforts:

  • The DPI submitted a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) waiver to USDA. This request is to waive the congregate feeding requirement for SFSP meals during unanticipated school closures at school and non-school sites during a public health emergency, such as COVID-19. The waiver is for all SFSP sponsors in good standing in the state. The public notice informing the public about the proposed waiver is posted at https://dpi.wi.gov/community-nutrition/sfsp.
  • Hunger Task Force is urging you to Call Your Senators at (202) 224-3121 & demand that any COVID-19 recovery package must increase SNAP benefits and accessibility.

WYOMING:

Wyoming’s Department of Health Infectious Disease Unit is providing information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Workforce Services, Wyoming Medicaid, Department of Family Services, and Wyoming Food Bank.

General Resources:

  • Wyoming 2-1-1 is a statewide helpline and website which provides free, confidential, health and human services information and referral.  By dialing 2-1-1 or visiting the website from anywhere in the state of Wyoming, people are linked to information about local resources, from both government and nonprofit agencies.
  • Workers who have lost their job are eligible to enroll in health insurance through the federal marketplace Enroll Wyoming
    • ATTENTION UI CLAIMANTS! If you are needing to file an unemployment claim, please do so on our website at wyui.wyo.gov. If you do not have internet access, you can file by phone at (307) 473-3789. Please know that call volume is extremely heavy. If you are not able to get through, please try again later. And if you filed for unemployment previous to June 2018, please contact us (307) 473-3789 to have your PIN reset.
  • Wyoming Share and Trade Resources Facebook group was established as a community resource to communicate needs when shortages exist.
  • Wyoming Resources Listed by County

Food Resources:

Food Pantry Resources:

Student Food Resources:

Senior Services:

Executive Orders: Executive Orders issued by Governor Gordon can be found here.

Legislative Efforts:

  • The First Lady's Wyoming Hunger Initiative has established a task force to respond to hunger-related issues caused by COVID-19 related statewide closures: No Hunger Wyoming COVID-19 Response
  • Wyoming Hunger Initiative established a task force today to provide support, streamline communications, and implement creative solutions to Wyoming Hunger Initiative mission-related issues caused by COVID-19 closures statewide. The task force will focus primarily on ensuring no child or senior goes hungry. The sudden additional demand on food pantries statewide will require creative solutions, as will protecting the health of our Wyoming neighbors and friends at highest risk for contracting COVID-19. Establishing best practices for food storage, distribution, and delivery will be paramount and the task force is already working with state experts to ensure the best possible protocols. Innovative partnerships between public-private entities are also being developed, and new opportunities to get involved in communities across the state will be announced in the coming days.