Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) - COVID 19 Resources Page

  • Families here in Minnesota, as well as around the country and world, are navigating through ongoing uncertainty, stress and trauma as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The resources on this page are designed to help families and professionals support both their own mental health as well as the mental health of the children in their care as this public health crisis unfolds.


  • A bilingual Spanish/English COVID hotline has now been established. The number is (651) 302-6145.

  • Links to find emergency food support, including local food shelves and information on how to apply for assistance.

Food Shelf Assistance (Click the Arrow for a List of Resources)

CROSS Food Shelf - Rogers

    • Food assistance, financial assistance, Meals on Wheels, kid’s programs, clothing and more

    • Mobile food pantry at Alleluia Church in St. Michael on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 2-4 pm

    • Other locations available. See site on how to access other services

CAER Food Shelf - Elk River

    • Effective March 30, hours will be M-W-F 10-Noon and Th 5:30-7 pm

    • Please call 763-441-1020 for additional information

    • Additional food for families with school age youth will be available for curbside pickup.

    • CLOSED Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10

YMCA Food Distribution

    • Partnership with The Sheridan Story

    • M-F from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Familes can pick up a free bag of food.

    • Supplies are limiited and do not need to be member.

    • Elk River YMCA is part of this project.

MSP Food for Children During Closure - available to all children under the age of 18 (partnership with Sheridan Story)

    • Site locations

    • M-F 10am - 2pm pickups

    • Each box contains 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for a total of 10 meals. Welcome to take 1 box per child, per week.

    • Look for the yellow school bus at all MSP food pickup sites.

    • Ensure your household has adequate refrigeration to store food.

St. Paul's Food Shelf - Hanover

    • St. Paul’s Lutheran Education Unit - Corcoran, MN (763) 498-0086

    • Call to ensure hours or methods of pickup have not changed

    • Hours: First and third Mondays 5PM -7PM, Tuesdays 12PM - 2PM, Wednesdays 10AM - 2PM, Fridays 12PM - 2PM

Catholic Charities: call 320-229-4584 for delivered frozen meals

Wright County Food Pantry/Shelf Listings

Clearwater/Clear Lake Emergency Food Shelf: 320-558-2954

Becker Food Shelf: 763-261-4612

Big Lake food Shelf: call 763-263-2432

Princeton Pantry Food Shelf: call 763-631-3578

    • Located at 104 6th Ave S in Princeton

    • Hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm Fridays 9:00-11:00am

    • ***Need to provide proof of address and household income

    • Emergency situations can call 763-389-2777 or 763-389-3222

Salvation Army St. Cloud: call 320-252-4552

MN Food Helpline: 1-888-711-1151, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Multilingual assistance. They assess your situation and provide solutions to help meet your family’s food needs.

Faith Community Church

    • Zimmerman

    • Faith Pantry is open on Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 am. Distribution does not start till 9:00 am.

    • Located at Faith Community Lutheran Church, 12266 255th Ave, Zimmerman, MN. (3/4 mile south of the Zimmerman stoplight on HWY 169.)

    • To learn more, contact Lisa L. Brix (763) 772-5288 at any time.

Passing the Bread

    • Zimmerman

    • Distribution is on the last Saturday of the month. Next few dates: Sat. March 28th 2020 & Sat. April 25th 2020

    • Urgent needs can contact Dana 763-568-5114 or Dave 612-226-2779

Free Kid Meals in Twin Cities Metro Area - Compiled by Twin Cities Metro Community

Qualities that Promote Resilience (MACMH - Dr. Anne Gearity)

  • Resilience kids realize that others help.

  • Ability to have a plan - to want something.

  • Being aware that I'm doing this is important - ownership.

  • Selective efforts - with permission to not do sometimes. Too hard to try all the time.

  • Reflection - growing ability to look inside, to consider what's going on for me; for children, this is supplemented by caring adults.

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