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Resources for Students amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Minnesota Students by Congressional District
Congressional District 1
- The Mayo Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall will be used as a temporary day center. Individuals experiencing homelessness will be able to access the day shelter daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The Post Bulletin has an extensive resource list for community members.
- Mankato Clinic has established a COVID hotline for residents with concerns over the virus.
- The Homeless Shelter Directory continues to post active listings and spaces for individuals experiencing homelessness.
- Luverne Area has several food shelves and homeless shelters providing services.
- Blue Earth County is updating their website with information on health and human service resources for residents.
- Nicollet County has updated resources and information for residents.
- The Echo Food Shelf in Mankato continues to operate and provide food for families in need.
- Olmsted County has an updated resource and information page.
Congressional District 2
- Lakeville Schools Meals will be provided every day during distance learning to anyone, whether or not they are on free and reduced lunch. Pre-order by 9am through the Meal Request Form. Available for delivery. Location: Lakeville North High School Student Entrance 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Map of Dakota County’s Food Resources with locations of free or low-cost meals from restaurants and schools.
- Loaves and Fishes have takeaway dining services for people seeking hot meals. There are locations across Scott and Dakota that serve on different days.
- Give Me the Mike has a list of restaurants and services in various cities that are offering free or discounted meals.
- The CHAP Store is a faith-based organization that is closed, but still offers a Saturday food distribution at 12pm. Contact 952-890-8222. Location: 2020 Highway 13 East Burnsville, MN, 55337
- The Link can be contacted for information on youth specific eviction prevention funds for households headed by youth. Contact Stephanie Plaster at 612-205-7944.
- Dakota County’s Emergency Assistance Programs can give short-term assistance to people facing hardship like eviction or utility shut off: call 651-554-5611.
- Community Action Partnershiphosts the Energy Assistance Program, which can help pay a portion of energy or electric bills. There are housing, crisis nurseries, and nutrition.
- Dakota County Schools’ Emergency Childcare
- Parent Support Groups have been endorsed by the MN Department of Health and the MN Association for Children’s Mental Health. (https://www.onlineparentsupport.org/)
Mental Health + Physical Health
- Dakota County Crisis Response is for residents of Dakota County who require immediate crisis counselling services. Contact 952-892-7171.
- Mental Health Center Intake is for Scott County residents in need of mental health services. Contact 952-496-848.
- Farmington Area Public Schools nursing staff will be available by phone to answer health questions. A nurse will be available from 9am-3:30pm: contact 651-460-3106.
Congressional District 3
- The Children’s Defense Fund’s Bridge to Benefits put together a comprehensive list of state resources for emergency modifications to public programs, financial resources, child care, health care, and nutrition.
- 2-1-1 United Way can give free and confidential information regarding health and human services, rent, and food.
Mental Health + Physical Health
- MN Department of Health’s information on finding Low Cost Health Care.
- Carver County COVID Mental Health Resources and strategies to cope.
- Hennepin Health’s do’s and don’ts for dealing with COVID anxieties.
- NAMI COVID Coping Strategies can alleviate some stress and answer FAQs.
- Carver County Mental Health Crisis Program can be a valuable asset in reducing some fears or unhealthy desires in the midst of this situation. 24-hours, 7 days/week: (952) 442-7601, or during business hours: (952) 442-4437
- First Street Center is providing online mental health conferencing for therapy and medication needs. Contact 952-442-4437
- myHealth for Teens & Young Adults is providing necessary clinic and counselling services to local youth. They are trying to implement telehealth visits for both clinic and counseling. *This is NOT a COVID-19 testing site*
- Chaska location is currently closed, but Hopkins is located at 15 8th Avenue South Hopkins, MN 55343. Directions:
- From Excelsior to the Hopkins Clinic: Take 7 East. Stay on 7 past 101 and 494. About a mile past 494, take a right onto Shady Oak Road. Go down to Excelsior Boulevard and take a left. Take a left at the 8th Ave. stoplight. Our clinic is 2 blocks down on the right!
- From Chaska/Chanhassen to the Hopkins Clinic: Highway 212E or 494E to 169 North. Take the Excelsior Boulevard Exit. Take a right onto Excelsior Boulevard. Take a right at the 8th Ave. stoplight. Our clinic is 2 blocks down on the right!”
- Chaska location is currently closed, but Hopkins is located at 15 8th Avenue South Hopkins, MN 55343. Directions:
- River Valley Health Services has free telehealth calls for medical needs. Call a Chaska Nurse at 952-381-5767, or call a Chaska Community Health Worker Interpreter (habla Español) at 952-220-7982.
Businesses and Workers
- Hennepin County Economic Development is providing help and information to businesses and workers in need of COVID-related assistance. (https://www.hennepin.us/economic-development/impacts/success-stories/Workforce-resources)
- Anoka County Economic Development is prepared to help businesses and workers recover from economic strain.
- Carver County Business Resources have consolidated federal, state, and local resources for local businesses in need of COIV-related help. Includes info on recovery, disease prevention, and readiness.
- Map of Carver County’s Food Resources shows the locations of schools, local restaurants, food shelves and organizations providing food assistance during this time.
- Map of Anoka County’s Food Resources can be selected to find the locations of food shelves and low-cost meals.
- Statewide map of food resources including restaurants, schools, and organizations.
- Chaska Bountiful Basket helps families with healthy hunger relief and provides them tailored assistance to meet their needs. Registered attendees with proof of residence may shop up to one time per month. Call 952-556-0244
- People Reaching Out to People (PROP) is providing a standard monthly food order based on family size. There are also financial and teen resources available. Must also call 952-937-9120.
- Waconia United Food Shelf will provide food assistance to those in Victoria, New Germany, St. Bonifacius, and Cologne. Registered attendees with proof of address can shop on the day of registration. Contact 952-442-3878.
- Bloomington Schools Meal Distribution is available from 11am – 1pm Monday through Friday. Locations: Kennedy High School 9701 Nicollet Ave, or Valley View Middle School 8900 Portland Ave.
- Minnetonka School Meals are available to all students every Monday.
- 11: 00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Minnetonka Heights (by the leasing office) – 5809 S County Road 101, Minnetonka, MN 55345
- 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Stratford Woods (by the leasing office) – 18900 Stratford Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
- 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Excelsior United Methodist Church (in the parking lot) – 881 3rd Ave, Excelsior, MN 55331
- Plymouth Schools Meals is providing breakfast and lunch from 8am-1pm every school day.
- Plymouth High School, 125 S. Highland Ave.: Pull up to the curb outside the auditorium lobby (Door 1)
- Parkview Elementary School, 500 Parkview Drive: Pull up to the curb outside the main entrance
- Cascade Village Hall, 301 First Street, Cascade
- HisHouse Foundation is able to deliver basic necessities from food shelves to people in need related to COVID-19. Contact Martha via text at 612-325-4693.
- WeCan is able to bring emergency food bags or personal care items right to your car. Available to residents of Spring Park, Mound, Minnetrista, Minnetonka Beach, Tonka Bay, St. Bonifacius, Maple Plain, Independence, Loretto, Greenfield, Rockford, and Western Orono. Contact 952-472-0742.
- Eastern Carver County Schools Meals will be distributed on Monday and Wednesday each week from 11:30am-12:30pm, or by delivery upon request.
- Clover Ridge Elementary 114000 Hundertmark Rd, Chaska
- Riverview Terrace 300 Ehlers Ave., Chaska
- HousingLink has information for renters during the pandemic, including evictions, insurance, talking to landlords, and utilities.
- Community Action Partnership hosts the Energy Assistance Program, which can help pay a portion of energy or electric bills. There are housing, crisis nurseries, and nutrition.
- Relevant to Carver County: Xcel Energy, CenterPoint and the City of Chaska will not disconnect electric or gas services until further notice.
- Hope House is a youth and young adult shelter that can provide emergency housing assistance and mental health resources.
- TPI Hospitality is offering hotel rooms for $55/night during the crisis.
- Hilton Garden Inn- Shoreview
- Courtyard by Marriott- Roseville
- Home 2 Suites- Roseville
- Hampton Inn- Roseville
- Residence Inn- Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove
- SpringHill Suites- Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove
- Holiday Inn Express- Golden Valley
- Staybridge Suites- Bloomington West
- Hilton Garden Inn- Bloomington West
- Hilton Garden Inn- Eagan
- The Crisis Nursery offers short-term temporary child care for all children ages 0-12 years who live in Scott and Carver Counties. Contact 612-839-5101.
- MN COVIDsitters is a network of students assisting with childcare to healthcare workers dealing with the crisis.
- Carver County’s Caring for Children during COVID-19 Tips can give clarity and answer questions about how to best handle this pandemic with children in the house.
- Parenting in the time of COVID-19 has a guide for positive interactions with all family members.
Congressional District 4
- South Washington County is offering free meals to anyone that is under 18 or anyone who has a child. The instructions on meal pick up and pick up sites are listed here under emergency free meals: (www.sowashco.org/departments/health_services/covid19)
- Xfinity will be offering statewide free wifi hotspots to everyone including non-members.
- For those living in Woodbury, Oakdale, and Maplewood, the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf is offering meals from Monday to Saturday.
- Hunger Solutions is offering meals to kids and their families in every district.
- Restaurants that are providing kids free meals in the Twin Cities
- Friends in Need has a food shelf open on Tuesdays and Wednesday for those in select areas.
- Here are some educational resources that can help during distance learning. Resources under secondary learning resources and elementary learning resources.
- The City of Saint Paul has a page devoted to community resources and information. The City has established a bridge fund for families and small businesses most impacted by the pandemic.
- Ramsey County has a COVID-19 response page with community resources and information on SNAP benefits.
- Neighborhood House continues to operate and has updated information on their literacy classes and food supports.
- Pride in Project Living has an updated COVID-19 page with resources and information.
- Saint Paul Public Schools has put together a COVID-19 response plan complete with distance learning resources and information.
Congressional District 5
- Greater Twin Cities United Way is creating a recovery fund for those most impacted by COVID-19. Their 211 line is still up and providing resources for individuals seeking health and human services information.
- Youthlink continues to operate and provide shelter for young people between the ages of 16-24.
- People Serving People continues to operate and provide services for families.
- Sharing and Caring Hands continues to operate and provide food for people experiencing homelessness.
- HousingLink has up-to-date information on eviction processes during COVID.
- MPHA continues to operate and has an extensive list of contact info for Section 8 and MPHA residents. Information regarding Governor Walz’s eviction directive is provided.
- Metro Transit has been providing updates on their travel restrictions and scheduling.
- The City of Minneapolis has information on the $5 million gap funding — including a breakdown of where it goes and how to get connected to resources.
- Minneapolis Public Schools has a COVID-19 Response Plan complete with information of food resources, childcare options and information on distance learning.
- The Aliveness Project is giving out free meals Monday-Friday during the afternoon hours
- Minneapolis Publics Schools will be providing meals for their students.
- Saint Louis Park Public Schools will be offering neighborhood delivery of grab-and-go meals for students 18 and under
- Edina Public Schools will continue providing breakfast and lunch for food-insecure students
- Spring Lake Park Public Schools will be offering bag meals which are free to any student under 18
- Robbinsdale Public Schools is providing meals for ALL children 18 and under
- Brooklyn Center Public Schools is providing meals for children 18 and under at certain pickup locations
- Hopkins Public Schools will be providing free meals for Hopkins’ students. Though spring break meals will have to be ordered in advance.
Congressional District 6
- Watertown-Mayer, Howard lake Waverly Winstead, St. Michael-Albertville, Rockford, Dassel-Cokato, and many other school districts are continuing to offer free breakfast and lunch to all children age 18 and under.
- Cash, medical, and other economic assistance:
- The City of St. Cloud has put out the following resource guide for residents.
- The Central MN United Way has a COVID-19 Relief Fund with information and resources for residents.
- Catholic Charities St. Cloud has updated their list of resources and services that they’ll be providing during the pandemic.
- The Pregnancy Resource Center in St. Cloud is continuing to provide services virtually and in-office. Schedule online or call (320) 253-1962.
- The Osceola News Gazette has put together a list of food resources for Osceola County residents.
- CentraCare has a COVID-19 FAQ and resource page.
- The City of Blaine is regularly updating residents on resources and COVID-19 related news.
- Anoka-Hennepin Schools has a distance learning page with information on grades E-12. They also have updated community ed. resources and an extensive list of meal pickup locations.
Congressional District 7
- Clay County has a COVID-19 response page with updates and resources.
- The City of Moorhead has information regarding community resources such as food banks and utility/housing supports.
- The City of Fergus Falls has a resource page with updates and information for residents.
- Young members that reside in the Red Lake area and are 18 and under are eligible to receive 3 free meals a day. Youth can Contact the principal of Red Lake Elementary to get on their route!
- Minnesota Nice Cafe is offering turkey sandwiches to youth members for a discounted price of $2 each during their open hours/delivery hours.
- Call 1.844.488.8398 anytime during the school shutdown to receive free internet from Spectrum. (Anywhere in the state)
- Some online resources: Khan Academy (Free), Elementari (Free online story writing resource; Free), Tynker (Online coding for youth of all ages; Free until May 2020)
- The majority of mental health hotlines and online resources ARE still functioning as usual. If you need help, Reach out!
- Most businesses in Beltrami County are closed for the time being, except the restaurants that are doing pickup and delivery services. There is a Facebook group with information on supporting small businesses.
- Schwan’s Home Service is still delivering directly to houses in the Bemidji Area. Call 1-800-Schwans for more information and deliveries.
Congressional District 8
- The CDC continues to provide the most up-to-date information on the pandemic. Here’s information for managing feelings of stress or anxiety during this time.
- If residents are in need of food help, the Minnesota Food Helpline is still active and can be reached at 1-888-711-1151.
- St. Louis County has a resource guide and FAQ.
- Cook County has a COVID-19 Response Hub with information ranging from student meal programs to hospital updates.
- Carleton County has updated information on their webpage including info on how to support young people during this time.
- Community members in Duluth have put together a list of food resources for the Duluth area.
- Duluth Public Schools has a COVID-19 resource page with updates relating to the pandemic.
- Twin Ports has put together a mask brigade to find and provide PPE for providers and vulnerable populations.
- Cloquet has a resource list and updates page for residents.
- To support small businesses throughout Northeast and Central MN, a relief fund has been created.
- The Damiano Center provides bagged meals 3-times a day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.