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

COVID-19: What older adults need to know about the outbreak and staying healthy

(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.


Southeast Missouri Food Bank covers 16 counties in southeast Missouri. Anyone who needs food assistance in this area can click here to go to their website, click on Pantry Locator at the top, select their county and click find locations to find a list of all pantries, soup kitchens and senior food box distribution sites. They also hold mobile food pantry distributions. A list of the scheduled mobiles for the month can be found on their website under Programs and then Mobile Food Pantry.

Butler County

  • The Bluff Church in Poplar Bluff is offering grocery pick-up and delivery for those who can’t or choose not to leave their home at this time. The service is available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can order from Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Market or Kroger and they will pick up the order for you and drop it off at your home. If you would like to use this service, you can call or text your information to 573-776-4191.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, in Poplar Bluff is open to help provide food to those in need in Butler County. Affiliated with Southeast Missouri Food Bank, we are open on Monday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Because of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, we will take your name and information at the door only, and then you will be directed around to the back to receive groceries. We ask that you take care to practice social distancing if there is a line. If you have family members that are in quarantine, we will gladly help them receive groceries if you provide us with a proxy note containing their name and address.

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
  • Cape Girardeau Public Schools will continue to serve meals at each of their elementary schools; however they will only be serving meals Monday-Thursday. Students will be given double meals on Thursdays. The serving time will remain the same, 10 a.m. to noon. They will not be serving meals Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13. A food mobile has been set up for Thursday, April 9 at Jefferson Elementary from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Southeast Missouri Food Bank will hold a Drive-Thru Food Bank at Cape First Church in Cape Girardeau at noon on April 14.

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.

Dunklin County

  • Students in Holcomb R-III School District are eligible to sign up for Emergency Meals-To-You, a new feeding program by McLane Global to ensure children in rural areas have access to regular meals during the COVID-19 crisis. Through Meals-To-You, students and their families can sign up to receive free, nutritious meals delivered to their homes. Students have until May 4 to sign up for the program.

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.

New Madrid County

  • Southeast Missouri Food Bank will hold a Drive-Thru Food Bank at Life Changers Restoration Ministries in Lilbourn at 5:30 p.m. on April 17.

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.
  • Southeast Missouri Food Bank will hold a Drive-Thru Food Bank at Agape Worship Center in Hayti at 5 p.m. on April 15.

Scott County

  • Scott City R-I School District plans to deliver meals to students during this closure. Any child 18 and under is eligible to receive a meal. They can go to their bus stop at 10:30 for delivery. The buses plan to leave the school at 10:30 and drive their normal bus route with the meals. Each meal package will contain two meals. This will be one meal for lunch and one meal for breakfast.

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.
  • Bernie School Dist. - Starting on Monday, March 23, the school district will run a pick up/to go meal bags which will be free to all students.
  • Puxico R-8 School Dist. - Beginning Monday, March 23 the school district will run a pick-up/to-go breakfast and lunch bags. For more details click here.

Wayne County


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.


McCracken County


Obion County

  • Union City schools - every child under age 18 (UC Schools students included) will still be provided a lunch and afternoon snack. Meal delivery/pick-up will be Monday for area children with some modifications following a week-long Spring Break. Three days’ worth of meals (six meals in all) will be distributed Monday on all eight of the UC School System bus routes and at Kiwanis Park. There will no longer be a “grab-and-go” location at Save-A-Lot. Then, on Thursday, two days of meals (four all totaled) will be handed out in that same routine. Deliveries and pick-ups will begin at 10:30 a.m. on both days.

Multiple locations

  • Dollar General announced plans to keep the first hour of each shopping day dedicated to senior shoppers. Click here for more information.
  • Target announced plans to keep the first hour of shopping each Wednesday dedicated to the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. Click here for more information.
  • Schnucks announced it will dedicate an hour in the morning to senior customers and those who are most at risk of COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions. Click here for more information.
  • Many Heartland restaurants are offering drive-thru and/or curbside services. Click here for more information.
  • 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.

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