Get Help (COVID-19)

The City of Columbia Division of Human Services coordinates 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 (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)

Utility Assistance

CMCA COVID-19 Utility Assistance

Boone Cares Graphic

Has COVID-19 made it hard to keep up with your utility bills? Any Boone County resident with past-due bills due to COVID-19 for services provided between March 1, 2020, and November 15, 2020, may apply. Visit the CMCA website for more details regarding utility assistance.

Columbia/Boone County Division of Human Services 

Assistance for electric, water, trash, and sewer (eligibility required)

573-817-6430

1005 W. Worley St. Columbia, MO 65203

socialservices@como.govcreate new email

Central Missouri Community Action

Assistance for electric, gas, water, trash, sewer, and internet (eligibility required)

573-443-1100

800 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203

BooneCARES@cmca.uscreate new email

www.cmca.us/get-help/boone-cares-utility-assistance

 

Food

Food Pantries

The Food Bank Central Pantry

drive through pick-up

573-874-7848

  • Tuesday 10am – 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am – 4pm
  • Thursday 10am – 4pm
  • Friday 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 2pm

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)
573-874-1646

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

Breakfast and lunch provided daily, Monday – Friday. 

  • Students ages 2-18 can obtain a meal for free.
  • Adults may pick up meals for students who are unable to do so.
  • A student number is not required for each student meal set that is obtained.
  • If a child is not enrolled at CPS, CPS will need to know the child’s name, and parent/guardian name and contact information.

Delivery Locationsopens PDF file

School Pick Up Locations

  • Hickman High School – 1104 North Providence Rd.
  • Lange Middle School – 2201 Smiley Lane
  • Smithton Middle School – 3600 West Worley Street
  • John Warner Middle School – 5550 Sinclair Rd.

If your family lives too far away from a location and is unable to either get to the bus stop or one of the four schools, please contact your school building for additional assistance. 

    Community-Based Food Programs

    Powerhouse CDC

    Dinner provided for individuals under age 18, Monday-Friday at the following locations and times:

    • Auburn Hills #2005- Corner of Edenton/Greensboro  (5:15 p.m.)
    • Demaret Dr#200- 313 Hogan Street  (5:00 p.m.)
    • Hanover estates #200- 5003 Geysler Blvd  (5:00 p.m.)
    • Scott Blvd #200- 4525 W Bellview  (5:45 p.m.)
    • Quail Drive- 2421 Quail Drive  (5:00 p.m.)
    • Douglass Park- 400 W. Providence Rd. (5:00 p.m.)
    • Columbia Square- 1715 Worley St. (5:15 p.m.)

    Powerhouse feeding sites 9-10-20opens PDF file

    SNAP (Food Stamps)

    Missouri Department of Social Services
    855-FSD-INFO

    WIC

    Columbia/Boone County WIC
    573.874.7384
    Please call first!

    Healthcare

    MO Healthnet (Medicaid)

    Missouri Department of Social Services
    855-FSD-INFO

     

    Family Health Center
    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)
    573.817.6430
    socialservices@como.govcreate new email
    Please call or email for assistance!

    Voluntary Action Center
    Assistance with medications and co-payments (eligibility required)
    573.874.2273

    Pharmacies


    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.

    Adults

    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.

    573-882-4677

    adpsc@umsystem.educreate new email

     

    Burrell Behavioral Health- Assessment Center
    573.777.8455

     

    Compass Health Network- Behavioral Health Services

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

    Phoenix Programs

    573.875.8880

    Children, Youth, and Families

    Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) of Boone County
    573.771.3223

    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

    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

    573-214-0436

    Burrell Behavioral Health
    Warmline offering 24/7 support to Essential Workers
    417-761-5315

    Other Resources

    Household and Hygiene Products

    Voluntary Action Center

    hygiene items and household cleaning products (eligibility required)

    573.874.2273

     

    The Salvation Army

    hygiene items (eligibility required)

    573.442.3229

     

    Utility Assistance

    Columbia/Boone County Division of Human Services 

    Assistance for electric, water, trash, and sewer (eligibility required)

    573-817-6430

    1005 W. Worley St. Columbia, MO 65203

    socialservices@como.govcreate new email

     

    Central Missouri Community Action

    Assistance for electric, gas, water, trash, sewer, and internet (eligibility required)

    573-443-1100

    800 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203

    BooneCARES@cmca.uscreate new email

    www.cmca.us/get-help/boone-cares-utility-assistance

    Housing Assistance

    Voluntary Action Center

    Rent and mortgage assistance

    573.874.2273

    Love INC
    Rent assistance

    Phoenix Programs
    Rent assistance

    Internet Resources

    Columbia Public Schools

    technology resources for students and families
    573.214.3900

    Mediacom
    free community wifi hotspots
    low-cost internet for families

    Charter Spectrum

    free community wifi hotspots

    Childcare

    Find Childcare

    ChildCare Aware of Missouri
    866.892.3228
    referralcenter@mo.childcareaware.orgcreate new email

    Child Care Consumer COVID-19 Guidanceopens PDF file

    Emergency Child Care Resource for Essential Personnelopens PDF file

    Child Care Subsidy

    Missouri Department of Social Services

    855-FSD-INFO

    Learning Pods

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia

    BGC Day Programopens PDF file

    Unemployment

    Missouri Department of Labor- Unemployment Benefits
    800.320.2519

    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