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Mid-Missouri community resources during COVID-19

Many events are being canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Submit events or changes by email to [email protected]

Below is a list of community resources available. Tell the News Tribune about more resources via email to [email protected]


Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has an online form to request financial or volunteer assistance at People can also request assistance by calling 573-635-7719.

The Salvation Army of Jefferson City offers rent and utility assistance. To find out if you qualify, call 573-635-1975 and follow the prompts to reach social services.

Unemployment insurance is available to those who lost their job due to no fault of their own, including those laid off due to a slowdown in business caused by COVID-19. Visit Missouri’s online unemployment system at


The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri is continuing its Cole County Mobile Food Pantry using a drive-thru to maintain social distancing. Regular pantry locations are the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City, 1105 Lafayette St., from 4-6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month; Capital West Christian Church, 1315 Fairgrounds Road, from 9-11 a.m. the third Saturday of each month; Jefferson City YMCA Firley location, 525 Ellis Blvd., from 3:30-5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month; Little Explorers Discovery Center, 1002 Myrtle Ave., from 10 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of each month; St. Martins Catholic Church, 7148 St. Martins Ave. in St. Martins, from 4-6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month; and Trinity Lutheran Church, 13007 Route C in Russellville, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.

The Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City, 1105 Lafayette St., is offering free carry-out dinners for children in the Jefferson City area from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday through Friday through April 3. Call 573-634-2582 ext. 200 between 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each day to order dinner.

Senior Nutrition Council is providing curbside meals from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ahead to the Clarke Senior Center, 573634-8020, or West Point Senior Center, 635-4120, before going to pick up a meal. Aging Best’s Meals 4 U program continues to deliver meals to seniors who can’t leave their homes; call a senior center for delivery.

The Salvation Army of Jefferson City, 927 Jefferson St., is continuing lunch and dinner services by offering grab-and-go meals. Its food pantry is open by appointment only, made by calling 573-635-1975 ext. 7.

Samaritan Center, 1310 E. McCarty St., is offering a drive-thru pantry. Hours are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 4-6 p.m. Thursday.

Building Community Bridges, 213 E. Ashley St., provides a pantry from 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month.

First Christian Church, 327 E. Capitol Ave., provides a pantry from noon-4 p.m. every Tuesday.


If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, call your doctor — do not go to the emergency room unless you need to seek prompt medical attention for worsening symptoms such as difficulty breathing. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify dispatch personnel that you have or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offers a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.

Capital Region Medical Center offers a COVID-19 triage line at 833-763-0444.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital offers a free online evaluation at

Compass Health has created a crisis hotline at 888-237-4567 staffed by mental health professionals to help those in need of urgent care.


The American Red Cross needs blood donations to curb a severe blood shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic. go to or call 1-800-733-2767 to find the nearest location to donate blood.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has established a COVID-19 relief fund to help those in need. To donate, visit Volunteer opportunities may be found at

Help The Helpers is a volunteer group working to help meet the needs of medical and emergency personnel helping with COVID-19 pandemic efforts. Learn more at

The United Way of Central Missouri has established a COVID-19 Response Fund to support local nonprofit organizations experiencing a surge in demand for services. To donate, visit Volunteers opportunities may be found at

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