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 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)


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



    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.govcreate new email
    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.


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    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

    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.govcreate new email

    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


    Housing Assistance


    Voluntary Action Center

    Rent and mortgage assistance



    Love INC

    Rent assistance


    Phoenix Programs

    Rent assistance


    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.orgcreate new email



    Child Care Subsidy

    Missouri Department of Social Services



    Learning Pods

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia

    BGC Day Programopens PDF file




    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