Community Resources

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates: April 6, 2020

Minnesota Department of Health sent this bulletin at 04/06/2020 05:30 PM CDT

Fact Sheets & Resources for Community

Thank you to Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) for developing this extensive list of resources. Note: Resources contain information current at the time of posting.

Community organized mutual aid (click on tabs at the bottom of the page for childcare, food, offers, asks, deliveries, pet, miscellaneous help, etc.)

Employment & Housing

Food & Utilities

  • Food Pantries in Minnesota – listed by city
  • Give Me the Mike – list of programs and restaurants that offer free food to MN families
  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Loaves & Fishes
  • Hunger Solutions
  • Helpline (1-888-711-1151) and our Find Help Map.
  • Blog – 5 ways to help food shelves
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Meal Pick Up Locations 
  • Saint Paul Public Schools Meal Plan – buses drop off meals (1 week supply) at child’s bus stop
  • Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association
  • St. Paul Farmers Market is open on 3/21/2020 from 9 am – 1 pm in Lowertown, 5th St E, St Paul, 55101.
  • Rally Around Mpls Small Biz – statuses of local restaurants (i.e., open/closed/available for takeout/delivery)
  • MealConnect
  • Greater United Way Resources 
  • 211 – Food, Housing Bills, Childcare, Other essential services
  • Xcel Energy Minnesota – as families and communities face the challenges of COVID-19, we want to ensure our customers have the service you need to power your homes and keep your families safe. We will not disconnect service from any customers until further notice. If you have difficulty paying your bill, we are here to help. Just contact us and we will work to set up a payment plan that works for you.</li
  • Minneapolis Wi-Fi – Free temporary Services
  • CenturyLink – We will waive late fees and will not terminate a residential or small business customer’s service for the next 60 days due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19.
  • Comcast Xfinity – Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
  • Spectrum – Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • T-Mobile – Starting now – ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).
    • Providing T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service for the next 60 days – coming soon.
    • Working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers extra free data up to 5GB of data per month over the next two months.
    • Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days.
  • AT&T – Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.
    • The coronavirus pandemic is causing many hardships. If you find yourself in financial trouble and unable to pay your bill, we’re here to help you. Please contact us at 800-288-2020 for AT&T broadband, residential wireless or small business services and 611 from your AT&T device for wireless.
  • Verizon – Verizon announced (March 13), for the next 60 days, it will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. In addition, the company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
    • In addition,Verizon announced support for relief efforts across communities impacted by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by tripling its monthly data allowance for its Verizon Innovative Learning schools and committing $10 million to nonprofits directed at supporting students and first responders.
    • As the list of nationwide K-12 schools shifting to remote learning heightens, Verizon is supporting the students and teachers in its Verizon Innovative Learning program, the company’s education initiative targeting Title 1 middle schools, by tripling their data allowances.

Families & Education

Information on COVID-19 for Survivors, Communities, and DV/SA Programs (compiled by Futures without Violence–a more extensive list can be found at F&W’s website)

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.
  • The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities: 1−844-762-8483.
  • The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT: 1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
  • National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents: 1-855-2736.

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