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  •  Resources for Families during COVID-19


    COVID-19 Meal Access Plan

    Go to one of the below schools between 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday to pick up meals:

    Please practice social distancing (stand at least 6 feet away from other people) while lining up to pick up meals.

    Buses will continue to deliver meals on their regular morning routes. Bus stops are scheduled each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday based on school start times. Families should go to their bus stop at their usual time on their designated day. Please refer to the daily schedule below. All Saint Paul families are welcome to take one box per child, per week.

    • Every Wednesday: Bus routes for schools with a regular 7:30 a.m. start time
    • Every Thursday: Bus routes for schools with a regular 8:30 a.m. start time
    • Every Friday: Bus routes for schools with a regular 9:30 a.m. start time  

    If you do not know where your nearest bus stop is, call the Transportation office at 651-696-9600.

    Families who have a critical need for home delivery can email Home delivery is limited to those who have no other means of getting food.

     Still have questions? Visit the COVID-19 FAQ page.

    Essential Care Flyer - Click on link for more informaiton regarding essential childcare for first responders and health care staff.   

    Student Health and Wellness

    SPPS Health Start Clinics Open During Schools Closure

    Como Park Senior High School, Harding Senior High School, Highland Park Senior High School, Johnson High School and Gordon Parks High School Health Start clinics will remain open for well-care, nutrition support, mental health support and health education during the school closure. The clinics will provide a space for youth who feel healthy to have their preventive and emotional needs met. Please call for an appointment or walk in for care.

    We cannot test for the flu or COVID-19 at school sites.

    Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Gordon Parks Health Start Clinic is open to all youth under age 22.

    Call Gordon Parks with your questions and to make appointments: 651-793-2234

    Or, call:

    • Como Park High School: 651-487-8539
    • Harding High School: 651-778-2884
    • Highland Park High School: 651-690-7667
    • Johnson High School: 651-778-2889
    • Gordon Parks High School: 651-793-2234

    Community Food Resources 

    March 31, 2020

    Salvation Army, 1019 Payne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55130

    The Salvation Army is running a food shelf Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests are asked to call (651) 776-2653 to place an order. Staff will call guests by phone when the order is ready to be picked up (usually within 15-45 minutes of the order).

    On Fridays, the Salvation Army will run a food distribution out of the WEST door on Lawson street. Guests are asked to wait 6 feet apart, lined up along the sidewalk. At 1:30 p.m., each guest will be given a box and bag of food rescue items.

    Hot lunches are served daily Monday through Friday from 11:45 to 12:45 p.m. out of a food truck in the parking lot.   


    Merrick Family Services, 1669 Arcade St. N., Suite 4, St. Paul, MN 55106

    Families can receive an emergency box of food on Monday’s from 3 to 5 p.m. or on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

    Families do not have to complete an intake prior to getting food.  Anyone seeking food support will not be turned away and will be asked to leave their first and last name as well a phone number.  A Merrick representative will call families at another time to complete the intake process over the phone. 


    Neighborhood House Food Support, Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E., St. Paul, MN 55107

    Starting Tuesday, March 31, the Wellstone Center Food Market will be providing curbside pre-packaged emergency bags. We accept walk-up and drive-up pick-up. Please call 651-789-2534 when you arrive and we will bring out your groceries.

    The Francis Basket Food Market will be open Monday and Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Starting Monday, March 23, the food market will be providing pre-packaged emergency bags. Please ring the bell or knock on the door when you arrive. A staff or volunteer will bring you your groceries. 

    If you are in need of delivery, please call 651-789-2534 and let the operator know you would like to order emergency bags for delivery. We will be taking calls for delivery between 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m. All calls before 12 p.m. will guarantee next-day delivery. All calls after 12 p.m. will guarantee delivery in two days.



    Financial Assistance Services: All Financial Assistance intake appointments will be completed over the phone. If you need to schedule an appointment or speak with your financial worker please call 651-266-4444. For questions regarding Ramsey County METS Medical Assistance cases, call 651-266-3870. 

    WIC Program: Due to COVID-19, all WIC (Women, Infants and Children) appointments will be completed over the phone. If you are a client with an upcoming appointment, a WIC nutrition educator will call you at your scheduled appointment time. Please call 651-266-1300 if you have questions.


    Mental Health Crisis: Individuals, families and service providers from across the state calling from a cell phone can call one number — **CRISIS (**274747) — and have their call seamlessly forwarded to their county crisis team. **CRISIS will automatically connect to the right county crisis number based on the caller’s location.

    Minnesota Care Partners is offering telehealth options for all services, for those who have insurance. They will continue to accept new referrals and get creative with delivering care.


    NAMI is offering online support groups

    Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative Coronavirus Calm

    Online resources:

    o    CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

    o    The Jed Foundation Tips for Self-Care and Managing Stress

    o    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

    o    SAMHSA Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    o    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (English, Spanish, and Chinese versions available).

    o    Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus


    • YMCA 360: Your Virtual YMCA with online Yoga, Bootcamp and Barre workout videos


    YMCA - all programs are continuing as usual, just virtually. Putting a hold on in person programming but doing intakes with youth and providing assistance virtually as much as possible. 

    CDC Interim Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers on Covid-19 (Issued March 9, 2020):

    MDH Coronavirus Site:

    National Healthcare for the Homeless COVID-19 Site:


    Tax forms needed to be filed by April 15th, but if you owe money, you have a 90 day extension to make payment.


    If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits, Executive Order of the Governor. This includes any COVID-19 related layoff, including parents having to leave work to do child care. The one week waiting period has been waived.  Apply for benefits online at:

    Karen Organization of MN (KOM) is helping their clients with a language barrier apply for unemployment benefits. 


    Xcel: 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.

    Water Shut offs:  Each city has different orders about this, so check your cities’ websites.  CAP/RW can help with energy or water shut-offs.

     MN Cold Weather Rule

    Cell Phone -Century link and other major Cell Phone providers will not be shutting phone or internet service, or charge late fees.  Check individual provider websites for details. 

    COMCAST is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives: 

    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 Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

    News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media.  Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus.  Just say “Coronavirus” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. 

    No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.

    Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.

    Updates Regarding COVID-19

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health are closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Questions regarding county policies and the county response to COVID-19 can be sent to Ramsey County's COVID-19 Response Team

    Current situation overview

    o    Health officials confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in Minnesota on March 6, 2020.

    o    The World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.

    o    Map of current number of cases by state maintained by the CDC. 

    o    Current information on Minnesota cases provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.



            Family Connect Carol and Fannie Cooking Class fun Seeds



    Learning at Home:

    See math videos and resources under the learning at home tab.  Resouces are listed by grade level.  

    Learning at Home Handout


    Title l Information:   

    Parent Right to Know All Languages

    Family Engagement Plan 2019-2020

    School Compact 2019-2020

    Vento SCIP

    Vento 19-20 School Report Card



    Family Center Resources :  

    Housing Information 

    Career Navigation and Resources

    Educational Resources for Families

    Information on Adult Education Classes

    Community Connections

    Food Pantry

    Literacy Resources

    Volunteer Opportunities 

    Community Garden Connection


    Phone: 651-744-5779

    Gretchen Ray


    Gardening Coordinator-

    Kirsten Saylor