Resources for Families during COVID19
COVID-19 RESPONSE PROGRAM Open Arms of Minnesota and Ramsey County are partnering to provide free, nourishing meals to community members who need them. If you are a Ramsey County resident who has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to have prepared meals delivered to your home for free!
SPPS Nutrition Services
- Home meal delivery – SPPS is now delivering meals directly to family doors. Meals are only for children ages 18 and under, or for those with a disability enrolled in a school program. For more information, please visit https://www.spps.org/Page/38722
- Meal pick up – meals are also available for pick up, between 10am and 12noon, at the following schools on FRIDAY, MAY 15
- Harding Senior High School (1540 6th St. E)
- Johnson Senior High School (1349 Arcade St)
- Hazel Park Preparatory Academy (1140 White Bear Ave N)
City of St Paul food distribution – recreation and community center locations
- In order to address growing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of St Paul is partnering with Youthprise, Arts-Us, and the Sanneh Foundationto provide free meal service through June 5 to Saint Paul families in need.
- One meal bag per child per week
- Each meal bag includes 7 dinner meals and 7 snacks including fresh fruits and vegetables, juice, a variety of sandwiches, crackers, cheese, milk, and more
- Meal bags will be available for pick up at the following times and locations:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
- Conway Recreation Center (Sanneh Foundation), 2090 Conway St
- Tuesday and Thursday, 2-4 p.m.
- El Rio Vista Community Center (in partnership with Neighborhood House), 179 Robie St E
- McDonough Recreation Center, 1544 Timberlake Rd
- Palace Recreation Center, 781 Palace Ave
- Wednesdays and Fridays, 2-4 p.m.
- Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave
- Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St
- Dunning Recreation Center (Arts-Us), 1221 Marshall Ave
- For residents who cannot safely travel to these sites, the City will offer a limited meal delivery service.
- For more information, please visit
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
YMCA/Loaves and Fishes – food available at the East Side YMCA
- Families may pick up food from Noon – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday at most Twin Cities YMCAs and choose a meal package for a family of four including a protein, vegetables and other fresh food. Also, lunch bags with a sandwich, snacks and fruit are available.
- Anyone in the community may pick up food – YMCA membership is not required
- Supplies are limited
- Please practice safe physical distancing when picking up food
- For more information: https://www.ymcamn.org/food-distribution
Additional food resources
- Storehouse Grocers (851 East 7th Street) low-cost grocery and meal giveaway program.
- Storehouse Grocery FREE meals, carry and go, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 – 4pm while supplies last
- FREE food, specialized and delivered for specific family needs – visit the following website, answer some quick questions and go from there: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvVfKhWg-UiZVBaWcxQCBiVgVGQLq5DP9RMcGwhHuLibNLMA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2L22Rf6SJGb5T0kCn23E1_yAmyerU-Z_TgHy-V1tIrwWZJpPvksBGqDdY
- Neighborhood House/Wellstone Center Food Market (179 Robie St) has extended their hours and are now open Mondays – Fridays, 10 to 12noon and 2 to 4pm. Please call 651-789-2534 to order a bag of food to be picked up the following day; http://neighb.org/program/foodsupportprogram/
- Housing support – Also note that Neighborhood House is continuing to provide housing stabilization support to families living in Ramsey County: http://neighb.org/program/family-centers/
- The St Paul Payne Ave Salvation Army food shelf (1019 Payne Ave., N) is open for Walk-ins: Monday – Thursday, 9 – 11am and 1 – 3pm (first 15 walk-ins per shift served daily); and by appointment only, Monday through Thursday, 11 - 11:30am and 3 - 3:30pm (three spots available each time): https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/EastStPaul/cure-hunger/
- Keystone Services (1459 Rice Street, Suite 3 – near Arlington Ave) food shelf is open on a first come, first serve basis: 10am – 12:30pm and 2 – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday. No appointment necessary.
- Merrick Community Services food shelf (1669 Arcade St., N) is open 4 days a week Monday 3-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-11:30. Appointments are necessary (651-287-2088): https://merrickcs.org/community-services/food/
- For families of Native American heritage, The Department of Indian Work/Interfaith Action food shelf (1671 Summit Ave) is open Monday – Thursdays by appointment; please call 651-789-3856 for more information: https://interfaithaction.org/programs/diw/emergency-services/
Goodwill – providing job training and employment support during COVID shutdown
- Goodwill has adapted to COVID times by moving many of their dislocated worker, job training, and employment services to online support. For more information on specific programs, please visit: https://www.goodwilleasterseals.org/services/training-education
Hmong American Partnership
- Another great East Side service organization is the Hmong American Partnership (1074 Arcade). Their website has good updates on community news and area resources: https://www.hap411.org/
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Emergency Relief Fund
- The AMA Emergency Relief Fund will allocate supplies to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements. This ongoing fund is a first-come-first-serve basis to provide prompt support and will remain open based on available secure funds and supplies
- For more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwOpHZaARSmKVh2_WBk8OSx6lJ9u9lEDuGWyUVbtpYzmfSDA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3uTGhjUmYUBNppeL8yV-nm4cAn73bKHHCsldhTgHDO_XIbBwqDTnWDTm0
- The MNsure Contact Centerremains open while continuing to closely monitor the developing news around COVID-19
- For more information on MNSure updates, please visit https://www.mnsure.org/stay-informed/covid-19-info/index.jsp
COVID stimulus checks
- If you have clients that are eligible to receive the stimulus checks, but didn’t file in 2018 or 2019, please encourage them to complete the necessary steps to receive a check: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
Community Virtual Family activities
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Science Museum of Minnesota Learn from Home
Children's Museum of Minnesota Parent Resources
Khan Academy Free online extra learning