Get Help (COVID-19)

The City of Columbia and Boone County are coordinating our community’s mass care and human services response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On this page, we will provide up to date information about social service and healthcare resources for residents of Boone County.

To find help with things like food, childcare, assistance paying household bills, medicine, healthcare, mental health services, or other essential services, please use our local guide to health and human services CoMoResources (https://www.como.gov/health/human-services/como-resources/)

Or, contact United Way 2-1-1 (http://www.211helps.org/). It’s FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. Specialists are available 24/7. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626 (TTY 1-866-385-6525)

 

Food

Food Pantries
The Food Bank- Food Pantries (Boone County) 

 

Home Delivered Meals and Groceries

 

Services For Independent Living

grocery and food pantry shopping and delivery (eligibility required)

https://www.silcolumbia.org/aging/
573-874-1646

 

Meals on Wheels
home-delivered meals (eligibility required)
https://mealsonwheelscolumbia.org/
(573) 886-7554

 

Aging Best
home-delivered meals (eligibility required)
https://agingbest.org/
(800) 369-5211

 

School Food Programs

Centralia School District

Grab-and-Go Delivery
http://www.centralia.k12.mo.us/2020/03/25/food-service/
Begins March 23

 

Columbia Public Schools
Grab-and-Go Meal Delivery
https://www.cpsk12.org/Page/11993
Begins March 30

 

Hallsville School District

Meal delivery to students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch

March 30 – April 3 (deliveries 11:00 – noon daily)

Grab and Go Meals

begins April 6

 

Southern Boone School District
Grab and Go Meals
Southern Boone Middle School and Hartsburg American Legion Hall

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

March 29 – April 2

April 5 – April 9

 

Sturgeon R-V School District
Food Pick-Up
https://www.sturgeon.k12.mo.us/article/212852?org=sturgeon-r-v
Begins March 17

 

Community-Based Food Programs

 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia

Meal pick-up (all kids ages 5-18)

Monday-Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Facebook (Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia, MO) or Text bgccomo to 81010

 

SNAP (Food Stamps)

Missouri Department of Social Services
https://dss.mo.gov/covid-19/
855-FSD-INFO

 

WIC

 

Columbia/Boone County WIC
https://www.como.gov/health/wic/
573.874.7384
Please call first!

 

Local Restaurants

 

Free Food
Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau

https://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/general-columbia/local-resources/

 

Delivery and Take-Out
Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau

https://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/dining/restaurants-providing-delivery-other-options/

 

Healthcare

 

MO Healthnet (Medicaid)

 

Missouri Department of Social Services
https://dss.mo.gov/covid-19/
855-FSD-INFO

 

Affordable Healthcare

 

Family Health Center
https://www.fhcmo.org/
573.214.2314
Please call before you seek care!

 

Medication

 

Columbia/Boone County Division of Human Services
Assistance with medications and medical supplies/equipment (eligibility required)
https://www.como.gov/health/human-services/medication-assistance/
573.817.6430
socialservices@como.gov
Please call or email for assistance!

 

Voluntary Action Center

Assistance with medications and co-payments (eligibility required)

http://www.vacmo.org/

573.874.2273

 

Pharmacies
Boone County Pharmacies

 

Mental Health Services

 

If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis or are having thoughts of suicide, call the 24/7 Crisis Hotline 800.395.2132.

Adults (any adult Boone County resident age 20 and older)

Burrell Behavioral Health- Assessment Center
https://www.burrellcenter.com/
573.777.8455

 

Compass Health Network- Behavioral Health Services

Compasshealthnetwork.org

Central Intake 844-853-8937
Crisis-line 888-237-4567

 

Children, Youth, and Families (any children/youth age 19 and under and their families in Boone County)

Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) of Boone County

https://faceofboonecounty.org/

573.771.3223

 

Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19

 

Household and Hygiene Products

 

Voluntary Action Center

hygiene items and household cleaning products (eligibility required)

http://www.vacmo.org/

573.874.2273

 

The Salvation Army

hygiene items (eligibility required)

https://www.rocktheredkettlecomo.org/

573.442.3229

 

Utility Assistance

 

Columbia/Boone County Division of Human Services https://www.como.gov/health/human-services/assistance-with-utility-bills/

assistance for electric and water (eligibility required)

573.817.6430

socialservices@como.gov

Please call or email for assistance!

 

Central Missouri Community Action

https://cmca.us/

assistance for electric, gas, and water (eligibility required)

573.443.1100

Currently closed to the public, but applications for assistance can be sent to 800 N Providence, Columbia, MO 65202

 

Financial Assistance

 

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Relief

Relief funds available to assist with financial hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

https://cccnmo.diojeffcity.org

573.635.7719

 

Internet Resources

 

Columbia Public Schools

technology resources for students and families

https://www.cpsk12.org/covid19/technology

573.214.3900

 

Mediacom

free community wifi hotspots

https://mediacomcable.com/xtream-hotspots/

low-cost internet for families

https://mediacomc2c.com/requirements.aspx

 

Charter Spectrum

free community wifi hotspots

https://www.spectrum.com/free-wifi-hotspots/missouri

 

Childcare

 

Find Childcare

ChildCare Aware of Missouri

https://www.mo.childcareaware.org/

866.892.3228

referralcenter@mo.childcareaware.org

 

Emergency Child Care Resource for Essential Personnel

 

Child Care Subsidy

Missouri Department of Social Services

https://dss.mo.gov/covid-19/

855-FSD-INFO

 

Unemployment

 

Missouri Department of Labor- Unemployment Benefits

https://www.mo.gov/work/unemployment/

800.320.2519

Social Services Providers

If you are a social services agency providing critical services in Boone County during the COVID-19 pandemic and you need resources to provide social services, please contact the Columbia/Boone County Division of Human Services via email humanservices@como.gov. Please include “human services resource request” in the subject line.

PHHS COVID-19 Guidance for Social Services Providers 

Businesses

For information about support for businesses, please visit Columbia Chamber of Commerce (https://columbiamochamber.com/resources/covid-19-resources/)