50-State Hunger Resource Guide

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.

Click here to read MAZON's Priorities for Action: Responding to Growing Hunger Due to COVID-19.

General Resources:

Hunger Hotline:

USDA & Baylor University - Meals-To-You

Feeding America Rapid Response Fund

No Kid Hungry Emergency Grant Assistance

Current COVID-19 Child Nutrition Program Response Nationwide Waivers

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

Resources & Support to Promote Food Security

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

Resources for Substance Abuse Treatment During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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:

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:

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.

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

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:

Ways to Help:

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

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:

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.

California Food Bank Guide

Free Meals for LAUSD Students:

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):

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

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

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

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:

Food Resources for Adults:

 Housing & Rental Assistance:

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:

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: 

Food Resources & School Meal Sites:

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:

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

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:

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. 

Volunteering and Events:

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: 

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

SNAP:

Food Bank Resources:

School Food Resources: 

Seniors:

Community Organizing: 

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:

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:

TEFAP/CSFP administrator (Kentucky Department of Agriculture):

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.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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. 

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:

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:

Personal Protective Equipment:

Emergency Declaration and State Regulations:

Closures and Restrictions:

Coordination and Communication:

Informing the Public:

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:

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

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:

SNAP:

Seniors:

School Meals:

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

Policy & Administrative Solutions:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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:

The following courts have NOT issued orders to stay evictions:

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

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: 

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:

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.

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:

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:

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

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:

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:

Childcare and School Meals Resources:

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:

General Coronavirus Resources:

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:

Food Bank for New York City:

God’s Love We Deliver:

CityMeals on Wheels:

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:

Economy:

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:

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:

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.

How to Get Help: 

Seniors Resources:

Ohio National Guard:

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:

2020 Disaster Relief Fund:

Food Resources by County:

School Meals:

School Meal Sites for Kids: 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education:

Tahlequah Public Schools:

The Regional Food Bank:

Senior Meals:

Project Heart:

Mobile Meals:

Eastern Oklahoma Development District:

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:

School Meals:

College Students Resources:

Food Resources:

Free Internet:

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:

Food Resources:

Resources for Seniors:

School Meals:

Childcare for Essential Workers:

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:

Food Resources:

Resources for Homeless Individuals:

Resources for Seniors:

School Meals:

Childcare for Frontline Workers:

Health Insurance:

Employment and Business Resources:

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:

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.

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

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

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

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

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:

Food Resources:

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

Economic Assistance Resources:

Resources for Seniors:

School Meals:

Employment and Business Resources:

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:

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:

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:

How to Help:

Nutrition Assistance:

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:

Food Resources:

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.

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: 

Meal Programs for Older Vermonters:  

WIC:  

3SquaresVT: 

Food assistance through the Foodbanks:  

Education and Child Care:

Financial Resources: 

Retailers:

Legislative Efforts:

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

Volunteer Resources:

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:

Food Pantry Resources:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Seattle Foundation:

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:

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:

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:

Food Banks:

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:

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:

Student Meals:

Food Options for Seniors:

School Meals by School District:

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

Legislative Efforts:

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:

Food Resources:

Food Pantry Resources:

Student Food Resources:

Senior Services:

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

Legislative Efforts: