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 (

Or, contact United Way 2-1-1 ( 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 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)


Meals on Wheels
home-delivered meals (eligibility required)
(573) 886-7554


Aging Best
home-delivered meals (eligibility required)
(800) 369-5211


School Food Programs

Centralia School District

Grab-and-Go Delivery
Begins March 23


Columbia Public Schools
Grab-and-Go Meal Delivery
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
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




Columbia/Boone County WIC
Please call first!


Local Restaurants


Free Food
Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau


Delivery and Take-Out
Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau




MO Healthnet (Medicaid)


Missouri Department of Social Services


Affordable Healthcare


Family Health Center
Please call before you seek care!




Columbia/Boone County Division of Human Services
Assistance with medications and medical supplies/equipment (eligibility required)
Please call or email for assistance!


Voluntary Action Center

Assistance with medications and co-payments (eligibility required)



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


Compass Health Network- Behavioral Health Services

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



Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19


Household and Hygiene Products


Voluntary Action Center

hygiene items and household cleaning products (eligibility required)



The Salvation Army

hygiene items (eligibility required)



Utility Assistance


Columbia/Boone County Division of Human Services

assistance for electric and water (eligibility required)


Please call or email for assistance!


Central Missouri Community Action

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


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



Internet Resources


Columbia Public Schools

technology resources for students and families




free community wifi hotspots

low-cost internet for families


Charter Spectrum

free community wifi hotspots




Find Childcare

ChildCare Aware of Missouri



Emergency Child Care Resource for Essential Personnel


Child Care Subsidy

Missouri Department of Social Services





Missouri Department of Labor- Unemployment Benefits


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 Please include “human services resource request” in the subject line.

PHHS COVID-19 Guidance for Social Services Providers 


For information about support for businesses, please visit Columbia Chamber of Commerce (