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 Central Pantry

drive through pick-up


Tuesday- Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


The Food Bank- Food Pantries (Boone County)opens PDF file


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

Columbia Public Schools
Grab-and-Go Meal Delivery


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!





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)
socialservices@como.govopens an email link
Please call or email for assistance!


Voluntary Action Center

Assistance with medications and co-payments (eligibility required)



Boone County Pharmaciesopens PDF file


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.



MU Psychological Services

Boone County residents over age 19 can receive up to five teletherapy sessions at no cost through MU’s Psychological Services Clinic. If more sessions are needed, clients can receive ongoing care which can be billed to insurance or paid via a sliding scale.


adpsc@umsystem.eduopens an email link


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

Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) of Boone County


Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) will connect Boone County families who have a child aged 0-19 to a local provider for up to 6 hours of free counseling services. FACE will help each family by providing a menu of local provider options, support family access by scheduling appointments, and address any barriers to accessing the services families have chosen—including paying for up to six hours of therapeutic services for families who are struggling to cope with COVID-19 stressors.

Boone County Provider Database

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Essential Workers

HeartSpace Clinic

Boone County residents who are teachers, childcare providers, caseworkers, social workers, counselors, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who are in the healing field and dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible:

    • To utilize a warm line (573-355-2568) from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Monday – Saturday
    • For individual and group therapy sessions



Burrell Behavioral Health
Warmline offering 24/7 support to Essential Workers
Free psychoeducational videos for pandemic healthcare workers


Other Resources


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)


socialservices@como.govopens an email link

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



Central Missouri Food Service Industry Relief Fund  


The National Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Fund


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


referralcenter@mo.childcareaware.orgopens an email link



Child Care Subsidy

Missouri Department of Social Services





Missouri Department of Labor- Unemployment Benefits



Job Center (Columbia)

Available to assist  with filing unemployment claims and to answer questions. She said many of the staff are working remotely, but the phones and emails are being answered.

Phone: 573-441-6361

Toll-free: 888-728-5627

Human Service Providers

The City of Columbia, Boone County, Heart of Missouri United Way, Community Foundation of Central Missouri, and Veterans United Foundation have joined to form a collaborative called ComoHelps ( Through this collaborative we are managing financial donations, local funding, and volunteering for our community’s COVID-19 response. ComoHelps offers a simple way for nonprofits to submit requests for funding using a simple joint application. Proposals are reviewed and discussed by the ComoHelps team daily. A link to the ComoHelps funding application can be found on our ComoHelps website.

PHHS COVID-19 Guidance for Social Services Providersopens PDF file