Agency and Community Updates – Covid-19 Pandemic 2020

Updated May 6, 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 —

For Statewide Food Assistance Resources:

USDA, Find Meals for Kids:

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 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:

Food Bank for the Heartland, Interactive Map:

For Legal Resources – Legal Aid — EnglishLegal Aid Flyer – Spanish

For Child Care Resources —

Area Resources:

Resources for Buffalo County

Medical Resources (English and Spanish)

Buffalo County Community Resources –


Hot meals USA is parked at MONA in Kearney. Meals are served from 11-2pm or until supplies last. If you are homebound and want food delivered call the Jubilee Center 308.234.3880. They will get you on the list. Last thing: More volunteers are needed. Call the Jubilee with any questions.

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.

Kearney Public Schools — GRAB & GO LUNCH STARTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25. Breakfast included in the sack lunch.For kids 18 and younger.  Kids must be in the car or be present to receive lunches. Monday- Friday 11:00-12:00 Pickup

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 is offering “Home 4 Now” bags jam-packed with kid friendly foods to get families through these next few weeks. No income/ intake and you are welcome to return as often as needed during this crazy time. Pick up is at 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. No meal service currently available

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.

The chamber website has a list of restaurants and their operations.


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

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.

Housing/ Utilities:

City of Kearney, Northwestern, and Black Hills have all stated that they will be suspending disconnections. Individuals MUST call to notify their companies that they are unable to pay so arrangements can be made on accounts.

  • City of Kearney 308-233-3221 OR 308-233-3240.
  • Northwestern 1(800)245-6977.
  • Black Hills (888) 890-5554.
  • City of Kearney also stated that if you sign up for bank draft and electronic statements you get a onetime $10 credit and a monthly credit of $1.
  • NPPD is still running normal at this time.

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.

Educational items

Students and parent of students: Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi for 60 days for those affected by the school closures. Call 1-800-488-8395

Scholastic is offering free online courses due to the school closures. The Scholastic Learn At Home program offers three hours of learning per day up to four weeks of instructions. Users must choose a grade level and then create a free account using the following information provided on the webpage and that’s it! Your kiddos will have access to some additional learning materials while they’re at home.

North Platte Resources and surrounding areas:


North Platte Senior Center — To Go Meal Pickups – Home Delivery Program – 308-532-6544 – M-F

NPPSD is providing free pre-packed breakfast and lunch to children 18 years old and younger.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, until further notice

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Drive Through Location Madison Middle School

1400 N Madison Ave, North Platte, NE 69101


  1. Breakfast and lunch will be provided in pre-packaged bags for all district children ages 18 and younger Monday through Friday until further notice.
  2. Pick-up times are from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  3. Children must be in the vehicle to receive their bag of food.
  4. Enter from Jackson Avenue, which is on the west side of Madison, through the alley, proceed to the loading dock, stop and pick-up bags, exit to 14th street.
  5. Please do not park and get out of your vehicle.
  6. Please do not congregate or consume meals on-site.

*Drive Through Backpack Pickup*

NPPSD is providing free pre-packed food packs to NPPSD children 18 years old and younger.

On Thursdays and Fridays beginning, March 19, 2020, until further notice

Drive Through Location McKinley Education Center

301 West F Street, North Platte, NE 69101

  1. Packs will be provided in pre-packaged bags for all district children ages 18 and younger on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice.
  2. Pick-up times are listed below by school and last name.
  3. Limit of two packs per vehicle.
  4. Enter from F street and circle in front of the McKinley Education Center.  Stop at the designated area, pick up your pack, then exit by turning left on Sycamore.
  5. Please do not park and/ or get out of your vehicle.
  6. Please do not congregate or consume meals on-site.

The distribution will be by School and Student Last Name

Backpack Distribution for 3/19/20

 2:00 p.m. Cody School

             A-M 2:00-2:30

                                    N-Z 2:30-3:00

3:00-4:30 p.m. Lincoln School 

                                   A-M 3:00-3:45

                                   N-Z 3:45-4:30

Backpack Distribution for 3/20/20

8:00 a.m. Jefferson                          

A-M 8:00-9:00

                                    N-Z  9:00-10:00

10:00 a.m. Buffalo                            

A-M 10:00-10:30

                                    N-Z  10:30-11:00

11:00 Madison                                  

A-M 11:00-11:30

N-Z  11:30-12:00

12:00 Adams School

 A-M 12:00-12:30

                                     N-Z 12:30-1:00

1:00 Washington School

                                      A-M 1:00-1:30

                                      N-Z 1:30-2:00

2:00-3:30 All other families are welcome to come to get packs, we are making extra packs and will distribute what is left.


Starting Wednesday, March 18th, Ogallala Public Schools will begin offering lunch. Parents need to call with the name of the children who will require lunch by 9AM. Pick-up will be at Prairie View School this week and expanded to the Kids Oasis next week. Lunches, plus a breakfast for the next day, may be ordered by calling Prairie View School at 308-284-6087 or 308-284-4479. Lunches will be brought out to your car when you pull up in front of the school between 12-1PM.



Food Pantries


*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


North Platte:

*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


M- F  9-12 & 1-5 
**Also have pre-packaged food recovery bags available 
325 WEST 2ND


Referral only, please call 402-469-5744 if you need a referral
918 WEST 5TH




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).

School Food Service During Coronavirus School Closing

Starting Tuesday March 17, 2020 McCook Public Schools will begin serving free meals to all children age 18 and under in the household if at least one child attends McCook Public Schools.  This is in response to school closings due to the coronavirus pandemic.  A waiver has been granted by the United States Department of Agriculture providing additional flexibilities based on the exceptional circumstances relating to the declaration of a public health emergency due to COVID-19.  Free meals will be available during the school days when school is closed due to this health emergency.

To receive free meals during the emergency, we ask that you contact the school where your student attends by 9:00 AM on Tuesday March 17, 2020 and request your meals.  This request will reserve meals for your student for the remainder of the week and allow the district to prepare the proper number of meals.  Each student will receive a breakfast and a lunch meal each day.  Adult meals may be purchased as usual.

Meals may be picked up at the Junior High School between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM each day of the school closure.  This will be a drive through grab-n-go meal in a bag.  Staff members will be on hand to assist and direct traffic. 

Shopping times for Seniors:


Family Fresh: Seinor Shopping hours 2 days per week (Tuesday & Thursday) 7AM-9AM. They will continue to close at 10 PM
Hy-Vee: So far this week: Senior Shopping Hours 7-8AM everyday Enter through Main Enterance only. These hours are set until Sunday & they will re-evaluate. They are open from 8AM-8PM
Wal-Mart- Senior Shopping hours Tuedays 6AM-7AM to include Pharmacy & Vision as well. Store hours are now 7AM to 8:30 PM

Wal-Mart- Senior Shopping hours Tuedays 6AM-7AM to include Pharmacy & Vision as well. Store hours are now 7AM to 8:30 PM

Wal-Mart- Senior Shopping hours Tuedays 6AM-7AM to include Pharmacy & Vision as well. Store hours are now 7AM to 8:30 PM

Sun Mart: Senior Hours 7AM-9AM. They will continue to close at 11 PM

Free 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.