If the closing of schools and businesses due to the Coronavirus is making it hard for you to get the things you need – we are here to help! Below is a list of Kentucky resources to help you. We will update this page frequently.
- Schools statewide are offering free meals for students, please check with your school system for specific details in your area.
- Kentucky Emergency Food Programs
- Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Kentucky Food Pantries
- Feeding Kentucky
- Kentucky Free Food Resources
- Feeding America
- Kentucky School and Community Nutrition
- Kentucky Emergency Food Programs
- Unemployment Insurance: Gov. Andy Beshear is waiving the waiting period and work-search requirements for those seeking unemployment insurance. You can apply by phone at 1-877-369-5984, or online at www.kentuckycareercenter.com.
- If you have lost your job because of the Coronavirus pandemic, you can get unemployment benefits without having to wait! To apply for unemployment, call (502) 875-0442. You can also visit https://kcc.ky.gov/career.
Electricity and Internet
- For specific information about the services that Kentucky Community Action offers, including the extended LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, please see this website
- Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi, broadband access for students
- Free Recovery Meetings sponsored by Stay Clean
- Social Security Information: Social Security Administration (SSA) has made significant changes to its operations and policies
- IRS Economic Impact Payments
- Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
- Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange
- SafeLink Wireless Free Phone
- DCBS COVID-19 Resources and Information
- Transition Age Youth Launching Realized Dreams (TAYLRD)
- Kentucky Voices For Health
- Team Kentucky is working with partners to expand drive-thru testing throughout the Commonwealth. Drive-thru testing at these locations now is open to all Kentuckians who want a COVID-19 test. Click Here
- Kentucky Homeless Shelters and Social Services
Domestic Violence Resources
- Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Resources for survivors
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) Get Help Page
- National Sexual Assault Hotline:1-800-656-4673
- RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network)
Resources Outside of Jefferson County
- List of Food Pantries by County
- List of School Feeding Sites by County
- Oldham County Food Pantries
- Radcliff Area for members 60 years and over during COVID-19 – Call (270) 769-2393 for 5 weekly home-delivered meals.
- Lake Cumberland Area members 60 years older may call (270) 866-4200 for 5 weekly meals, delivered to your home or made available for pickup if you have transportation.
- Hardin County Summer Feeding Program
- Grayson County Alliance
- Daviess County:
Other County-Specific Resources
- Lexington Area Resources
- Eastern Kentucky SOAR Resources
- Western Kentucky (Purchase District Area) Resources
- Southern Kentucky Resource Guide
- Bullitt County:
Resources in Jefferson County
- Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) – Summer Feeding Programs
- Senior Citizens: Anyone in Louisville age 60 or older may receive free meals by calling (502) 574-5050 or (502) 574-5223.
- Dare to Care Community Site info
- Frozen Food Pick-Up for Seniors
- Mobile food pantries
- Grab and Go meals at Kids Cafes
- Middletown United Methodist Church – if you need meals or picks up items. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Table – 1800 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY 40203. Open 11a-1pm
- Love City (free meals for kids) 2519 St. Cecilia Street, Louisville, KY 11a-2pm
- Hope Buss – providing transportation to grocery stores. Priority given to seniors and single parents. Visit thehopebus.org, email email@example.com, or call 502-536-9587
- DakShin Food Drive/ Curbside Pickup
- Free Grocery Delivery to at risk population
- Social Distancing: Take Out, Drive Thru, and Kids Eat Free
Electricity, Heating, & Water
- Electric service won’t be shut off due to failure to pay during COVID-19 outbreak.
- Duke Energy will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payment.
- The Louisville Water Company will not shut off water service due to failure to pay during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Access to Homeless Shelters in Louisville, KY – Reserve a shelter bed by calling the Single Point of Entry office between 10am-4pm at (502) 637-BEDS (502-637-2337). Click here to see a list of day and overnight shelters in the Louisville area
- Coronavirus and Homelessness
- Louisville Metro United Way: If you or someone you know needs help, CALL 2-1-1or TEXT your zip code to 898211. Our call specialists are available 24/7 and will help connect you to food, housing, health, education and other resources available in our community. Visit their webpage for more information.
- Jefferson County Public Schools Care Hotline: Call 313- 2273
- The Bail Project- Louisville
- If you have a library card, you can access free ebooks, emagazines, downloadable audio books, and streaming movies from Louisville Free Public Library. Website is http://lfpl.org/
- South Louisville Community Ministries serves zip codes 40118, 40208, 40209, 40214, and 40215. Call 502-367-6445 for assistance with meals, clothing/furniture, baby and personal supplies, financial assistance, and more.
- Kentucky Equal Justice Center: KEJC will be offering phone consultations to workers who want to discuss wage claims. Future wage claim clinics will be held at La Casita Center. Appointments can be made by calling 502-791-5839 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Recovery Support Resources
- Free Virtual Recovery Meetings sponsored by Stay Clean
- In the Rooms: Virtual all recovery meetings, co-occurring mental health, NA, AA, OA, etc.)
- SMART Recovery: Virtual SMART Recovery meetings
- Young People in Recovery: Virtual meetings
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Recovery Groups Online
- Never Alone Club: Virtual NA meetings
- 12 Steps: Online meetings for a multitude of addiction disorders
- Addiction Recovery Guide: Online guide to alcohol and drug recovery
- Recovery Is Happening: 507-218-4773 –telephone support; if you or a loved one are in need of assistance on the road to recovery. Email email@example.com or submit the online form.
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline:1-800-662-HELP (4357)– free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders
HELPING ADULTS COPE
- The COVID Coach App was created for everyone, including Veterans and Servicemembers, to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Resources and Activities for Children
- Have children stuck at home? Check out these educational resources.
- Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online for free.
- Virtually tour more than 500 museums and galleries.
- Help your children learn more about the 2020 Census with this free downloadable coloring sheet set!
- Zoos and aquariums with live stream animals
- Ways for kids to be active
- ABC Mouse Early Learning Academy is offering free access during the outbreak abcmouse.com
- ADDitude: Inside the ADHD Mind: https://www.additudemag.com/
- Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP): CCAPProviderPayments@ky.gov
- Healthy at Home Activities
- CHFS Limited Duration Center FAQs – Child care centers approved to provide temporary emergency child care to employees of a healthcare entity, First Responders (Law Enforcement, EMS, and Fire Departments), Corrections Officers, Military, Activated National Guard, Domestic Violence Shelters, Child Advocacy, Rape Crisis Centers, DCBS Workers, Postal Workers, Grocery Store Workers, Government Employees and Utility Employees.
- Care is offering 30 days of free care for frontline workers, searchable by zip code
- YMCA of Greater Louisville is offering daycare services for children of frontline workers ages 3-12. Cost is $40/day unless Member has 3c contract
- Daycare options for first responders and health care workers with young children.
- Find Childcare Programs Near You
Helping Children Cope
- PDF book for children under age 7 to understand the Coronavirus
- Helping Children Cope
- How to talk to children about difficult news
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Supporting Families During COVID-19
- Coronavirus and Kids: Resources from Save the Children
- University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment: Healthy At Home Newsletter: Talking to your kids about COVID-19
- COVID-19 Parenting: Structure Up
- COVID-19 Parenting: Keep Calm and Manage Stress
- COVID-19 Parenting: Talking About COVID-19
- A Special Message from Kentucky School Counselors
- KY-SPIN: linking families and individuals with disabilities to valuable resources that will enable them to live productive, fulfilling lives.
Report Child Abuse/Neglect
To report child abuse and neglect call toll-free any of the numbers listed below:
-(877) 597-2331/(877) KYSAFE1
-Report Online – non-emergency only; Monitored from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (Reports will not be reviewed during evenings, weekends or state holidays)
Call 911 in case of an emergency
Resources for Older Adults and Caregiveres
- See “Statewide Resources,” “Resources in Jefferson County,” and “Resources Outside Jefferson County” for lists of food services and other resources to help seniors, listed by county. This section has additional resources just for seniors.
- University of Louisville’s Trager Institute has a free program to help older adults who have some depressive symptoms. Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is a free program for adults age 60+. The program is designed to help tackle overwhelming life issues and help people feel better. To contact them, please call (502) 588-4340 #2 or email Alison Hanlein at Hanlein@louisville.edu.
- Elderserve offers a variety of services for seniors. One that could be helpful during this time of social distancing due to the coronavirus is their “Telecare” program. This program is for seniors 60+ who live alone and would benefit from having someone call to check in with them on a daily basis. A senior can sign up to have weekday “wellness checks”. Someone from Elderserve will call the senior daily to check in and make sure they are doing okay. It also has the added benefit of a social connection to someone on a daily basis. The Elderserve website has more information elderserveinc.org/services/telecare. To contact someone in the telecare program, please call Keeley Rhodes at (502) 373-3339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For Caregivers of Older Adults If you or someone you know is a caregiver for someone 60+, the Trager Institute has a free program that offers support. Their program includes help with problem-solving issues that arise as a caregiver, a virtual support group, and assistance in connecting to resources. Contact information for this program is by phone (502) 588-3322 or email email@example.com.
- Louisville COVID-19 Match Services: https://www.louisvillecovid19match.com/
- Care for the Caregiver: Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky
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