Resources for Families
In addition to the SPPS food that is delivered to you weekly you can pick up a weekly bag of food from the following SPPS district meal distributions locations.
MONDAY- FRIDAY (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Central High School (275 Lexington Ave. N.) - Door 2
Harding Senior High School (1540 6th St. E.) - Main entrance
Humboldt High School/OWL (640 Humboldt Ave.) - OWL main entrance
Johnson Senior High School (1349 Arcade St.) - Main entrance
Washington Technology Magnet School (1495 Rice St.) - Door 4
Food bags are also avialable for pick up at many YMCA's, Check here for details.
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!
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 Foundation to provide free meal service to Saint Paul families in need. Click here for more information.
Additional food resources
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/
- Meals on Wheels of Ramsey County is providing free home-delivered meals to Ramsey County adult residents who are impacted by COVID-19. This program is made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. https://mealsonwheels-rc.org/
- Hunger Solutions - Enter your zip code and find food resources near you. Minnesota Food Helpline - Call 888-711-1151 for assistance, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. https://www.hungersolutions.org/
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
More information can be found here.
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
Essential Kids Care Program- Free childcare provided by Saint Paul Community Education for children ages 5-12 of essential workers
Community Virtual Family activities
Visit Mars. Yes, Mars! Access Mars lets you explore a 3D replica of the surface of Mars, recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover.
Minnesota Zoo's at-home programming
The Cincinnati Zoo shares a live stream from the zoo each day at 2 p.m. The Home Safari highlights one amazing animal and includes an activity you can do from home.
The San Diego Zoo has 11 live cameras set up in their exhibits. You can watch koalas, tigers, polar bears and more.
Visit the Boston Children’s Museum. Take a virtual tour of the Boston Children’s Museum and check out fun exhibits like Explore-a-Saurus.
#MetKids lets kids explore The Met in New York using an interactive map
Science Museum of Minnesota Learn from Home
Children's Museum of Minnesota Parent Resources
Khan Academy Free online extra learning