Resources for elderly, children, people in need during COVID-19 outbreak

Resources for elderly, children, people in need during COVID-19 outbreak
With cities, businesses and others taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the elderly or people in need may have trouble finding food or necessities. (Source: WCTV)

(KFVS) - With cities, businesses and others taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the elderly or people in need may have trouble finding food or necessities.

Below are some ways they can find help.


Cape Girardeau County

  • While school is not in session, Franklin Elementary in Cape Girardeau will be serving breakfast and lunch from 10-12 starting on Wednesday, March 18 through Friday to children 18 and under. The children will need to be present in the car.
  • The Jackson Senior Center in Jackson will be serving meals by delivery or drive through only, starting March 18. Dining at the center has been canceled, until further notice. Meal time is between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The Jackson High School will supply food for students Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., then again 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The students will receive food packages will include breakfast and lunch for three days. This is a curbside service. The schools will be sending additional information to district families about the process to pick up the food.
  • Mobile food pantry open at Jackson Middle School starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 23

Carter County

  • The Van Buren R-1 School District will be delivering breakfast and lunch through this time of our school closure. Breakfast and Lunch Grab and Go meals will be available to all students and children through 18 years of age. Parents and students have two choices to pick up their meals. From 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday thru Friday a curbside service will be available at the main entrance to the Van Buren R-1 Gymnasium. Starting March 23, the second choice is to pick up meals at the designated bus stops throughout the district. Click here for a schedule with bus number, driver and time of delivery.

Madison County

  • Madison County Senior Center: Lunch is available Monday through Friday, pick up at 107 Spruce St. or meal can be delivered to you, please call 783-5357.
  • Madison County Food Pantry: Food distribution every Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m, located at 715 Star Ln (in the same parking lot as Sargent Construction). Delivery is currently available to those who have no transportation or need to stay inside their home, please call 783-3303.
  • East Missouri Action Agency/Head Start: Any Head Start family and/or family that receives services from East Missouri Action Agency is eligible for the Monday - Friday lunch. Also, any child under 18 that lives in Madison County is eligible for this meal. Please call 783-7112 to reserve a meal. A volunteer delivery service is available to Marquand residents.
  • Community Sharing boxes: There are 2 Community Sharing Boxes available to visit and take what is available/needed, anytime, day or night. These two boxes are located in the parking lots of: Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 216 South Main Street, Fredericktown St. Micheal’s Catholic Church, 400 West Main Street, Fredericktown.
  • Fredericktown School District: Breakfast and lunch to any child (toddler to 18 years old) that lives in the school district, child does not have to be an enrolled student with Fredericktown School District. RSVP meals by calling any of the buildings: Elem 783-3477 Middle School 783-6555 High School 783-3628
  • Marquand Food Pantry: Food distribution occurs on the 3rd Friday of each month, 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. located at Marquand First Baptist Church.
  • Faith Family Worship Center Food Pantry: Food distribution occurs every Thursday from 8am -12pm, proof of Madison County residency is required. Located at 600 Sargent Lane, Fredericktown.
  • Please call the Madison County MU Extension office 783-3303 if you need additional food assistance or with questions concerning any of the resources available in the county.

Pemiscot County

  • Kringle’s Kitchen in Portageville is serving food this week while students are on their scheduled spring break. Click here for a schedule and details.

Stoddard County

  • Richland schools has canceled classes until April 3. They will be offering meals and meal delivery. That will go from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the school cafeteria every day except Saturday and Sunday. The district will also be delivering meals to bus stops that have been designated as “community pick-ups.” Those will be done between the hours of 5:30pm-6:30pm every day except Saturday and Sunday.

Wayne County


The Shawnee Health Services is offering assistance to anyone 60 and over with unmet needs in Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. These needs include nutritional needs, personal care and sanitation needs, personal medical care needs, and transportation services for medical appointments, medication pick-up, medical supplies pick-up, and delivery of necessary medications. If you would like to request assistance, please call Shawnee Alliance at (618) 985-8322 or toll free at 1-800-642-7773.

Gallatin County

  • Starting Monday, March 30 through April 3, Gallatin County CUSD 7 “Yellow Meals on Wheels” is going to make one delivery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 11 a.m. to noon. There will be no buses or van deliveries on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Our bus drivers will be at the same stops in our towns and villages bringing you enough breakfast and lunch for two days. Tuesday and Thursday meals will be Heat and Eat style. Delivering every other day one time per day will allow our wonderful employees and our school families more social distancing in the coming weeks.

Franklin County

  • Frankfort Community Unit School District announces start of “Meals on Bus” food distribution program that will be Mondays-Fridays while the schools are closed. It starts on Wednesday, March 18 and goes from 11 a.m. to noon each day. Students from pre-K through senior students who live in the district are eligible to pick up meals through the program. Students will receive a “grab and go” bag which will contain food for that day’s lunch and the following morning’s breakfast. Look for the yellow school bus. They should go to the distribution point nearest their homes. They do not have to go to their own school building. Locations include:
    • Frankfort Immediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center parking lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church parking lot - Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church south parking lot - North Ida St. at West St. Louis St.
    • Orient - American Legion Post parking lot
    • Pershing - At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.
  • West City Walmart and Walmart Pharmacy will open 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. every Tuesday morning for all senior citizens to shop and get their medications, while the Stay at Home safety precautions are in place.
  • The West City Police Department will be providing free transportation to and from West City Walmart for West City senior citizens that do not have means of transportation or would prefer the safety of an officer to provide their transportation for them. Call the West City Police Department non-emergency number at 618-439-7100 to schedule a transportation appointment

Jackson County

  • On Tuesday, March 24, there will be free emergency food bags for SIU students at the front doors of the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


  • Union City school employees and volunteers are providing free meals to kids under 18 in the community throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The University of Tennessee at Martin has postponed the Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) and Transfer Orientation sessions. The first SOAR dates, originally planned for May 18 and 20, have been rescheduled for June 22 and 24. SOAR, previously seven sessions, will be consolidated into five sessions on the following dates: June 22 and 24, July 10 and 28 and Aug. 7. The SOAR sessions originally scheduled for June 5 and 19 have also been combined with the July 10 SOAR. Transfer Orientation will be June 23 and July 16.


Murray State University has launched a spring academic success website for students. Click here for information.

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