Updated October 2020
There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (308)285-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend
For Housing Resource assistance — http://www.kearneyhousingagency.com/covid19/
For Statewide Food Assistance Resources:
USDA, Find Meals for Kids: https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids
No Kid Hungry texting hotline: Parents & caregivers can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877-877 to find free meals in their community. In communities all across America, schools, food banks and community organizations have stepped up to make sure kids continue to get the nutrition they need during this crisis, finding new, innovative ways to safely provide kids with meals. One of the most important things you can do is make sure families know these meals are available and where they can find them. Visit https://www.nokidhungry.org/find-meal-sites to find resources you can share and for a list of states where the texting hotline is active.
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, COVID-19 resources for families and childcare: https://www.nebraskachildren.org/
Food Bank for the Heartland, Interactive Map: https://foodbankheartland.org/get-food/find-food-locations-now/
For Child Care Resources — http://www.nechildcarereferral.org/
Resources for Buffalo County
Buffalo County Community Resources – https://bcchp.org/covid19/
Community Acton Partnership of Mid-Nebraska – continuing to provide emergency rental/utility assistance, CSFP food packages to seniors, Food Bank Mobile/curbside distributions, WIC assistance to families, Community Health Worker outreach to minority populations, remote outreach to our Early Head Start and Head Start families. Call (308) 865-5675 for more information.
Kearney Jubilee Center – Pantry will remain open until supplies last. Take out containers will be ready for pick up starting at 5:30pm.
Helping Hands is open 2-4pm every 3rd Sunday of the month. In April it will be the 2nd Sunday due to Easter. They did say because of the virus individuals can call 308-627-4859 for food assistance.
East Lawn food pantry – Contact Kearney First United Methodist Church for current schedule. Phone: (308) 237-3158
Salvation Army’s expanding hrs to M- Sat. Premade food bags can also be picked up in the thrift store when it is open Mon – Saturday 10-6 until they run out.
Storehouse – 4010 7th Avenue (Kearney eFree Church) at the North Doors (Door #12). Please let Storehouse (308.455.3302) know if you have any questions about this. We’re all in this together!
Faith United Methodist Church pantry will be open upon request. Call 308-237-2550 to set up an appointment to receive emergency food bag.
Prince of Peace– food M- Th 2-4:30 236-9171
First Baptist Church is currently working on their member’s needs. If you are a member and need assistance, call 308-234-2311.
Peterson Senior Center closed to the public. Curbside meals available. Call 308 233-3290
Mom and Dad’s Bar-B-Que is offering free kids meals with a purchase of an adult meal. Eat in or carry out. Can call ahead and order and employees will even bring out the food to your car if you do not want to go inside of the restaurant.
Community Action RYDE Transit – Dispatch Hours: M-F 8am to 5pm – Buses Operate: M-F 6am to 6pm. Call 24 hours in advance for transportation – 308.865.5677 or visit rydetransit.com
First United Methodist church can only assist with gas vouchers at this time. Call 308-237-3158 for questions.
. First Presbyterian Church is able to help with $50 towards rent or utilities. Must have a grid and have gone to Community Action, Salvation Army, and Jubilee Center first. Call the church for an appointment 308-234-4543.
- City of Kearney 308-233-3221 OR 308-233-3240.
- Northwestern 1(800)245-6977.
- Black Hills (888) 890-5554.
Volunteer Network — Call Erin at South Central Area on Aging if you are home bound resident and need a volunteer to run errands for groceries, food, supplies, or just need to have a good conversation. Call 308-234-1851.
North Platte Resources and surrounding areas:
North Platte Senior Center — To Go Meal Pickups – Home Delivery Program – 308-532-6544 – M-F
SEE NORTH PLATTE PUBLIC SCHOOLS “DRIVE THRU BREAKFAST & LUNCH PICKUP”
*Keith County/Arthur County Food Pantry: Located in Ogallala on Wednesdays Only. 1st and 3rd Week: 11:30AM-1:00 PM. 2nd, 4th, and 5th Week: 6PM-7:30PM at 401 West O Street.
*Assembly of God Church: 208 NW 1st Street. Pastor is on a mission trip, so call Hooker County Sheriff’s Office at 308-546-2290 to arrange a time.
*Keith County/Arthur County Food Pantry: Wednesdays Only. 1st and 3rd Week: 11:30AM-1:00 PM. 2nd, 4th, and 5th Week: 6PM-7:30PM at 401 West O Street.
*Sandhills Crisis Intervention Program: Food assistance to domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM at 111 West 3rd Street.
Minden Senior Center — providing To-Go Meals for area seniors. Call 308-832-2139
*St. Pat’s: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 1-3PM at 405 North Chestnut (Corner of 3rd and Chestnut)
*Grace Ministries: Monday-Friday 1-3PM at 114 East C.
*Salvation Army: Tuesday and Thursdays 9-11:45AM and Wednesday evening 6-7PM at 1020 North Adams.
Stapleton: Food taken to Arnold (Custer County)
*Grant United Methodist Church: On-call at 308-352-8251. Food box distribution also available. Call to get signed up. Located at 5th and Warren. Perkins County only!
Hastings – Adams County and surrounding area
CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES
SACK LUNCH PROGRAM
M- F 9-12 & 1-5
**Also have pre-packaged food recovery bags available
EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES
325 WEST 2ND
HASTINGS FOOD PANTRY
Referral only, please
call 402-469-5744 if you need a referral
918 WEST 5TH
400 S. BURLINGTON
OPEN TABLE (anyone can eat meals)
702 WEST 14TH
*** For any other assistance or referral information you can call the School-Community Liaisons at 402-469-5744 or 402-705-9485 (Espanol).
Legal help hotline available for Nebraskans affected by COVID-19
Nebraskans who have questions or are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency now have an easy way to get legal advice and help.
The free COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline is available to Nebraskans affected by COVID-19 and in need of legal assistance. Hosted by Legal Aid of Nebraska, working closely with the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), this Hotline aims to make key legal assistance easy and accessible.
If you are a Nebraskan facing legal issues related to the virus, or the owner of a small, locally owned business (defined by less than 50 employees, not a franchise) that is currently closed, in risk of permanent closure due to the virus, and where the payment of fees would significantly deplete your resources, the Hotline may be reached at 1-844-268-5627.
After calling 1-844-268-5627, callers will be connected to the Hotline voicemail. Callers should leave their name, phone number, brief details of the problem and the assistance needed, and in what county they are located. Callers will receive a call back from experienced Legal Aid staff. Individuals and businesses that do not qualify for Legal Aid’s free services will be directly referred to the VLP. VLP will then work to place cases with Nebraska volunteer lawyers who will also provide free legal assistance.