Community

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on all of us. Whether or not we get sick, many of us are stressed financially and emotionally. Here’s a list of resources for the Louisville community during this time. If you have suggestions for additions please email: news@wfpl.org.

Where To Find Meals

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) is offering free breakfast and lunch for any child under the age of 18, at 58 different sites, Mon.-Fri. Most sites operate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for a list of locations and hours.

For weeknights, there’s Dare to Care Kids’ Café, where anyone under 18 can pickup a grab and go meal. Here’s a list of locations and hours.

JCPS students, parents and staff can also call 313-HELP for district assistance.

For seniors (60+), the city is offering up meals from 10 a.m. to noon, each weekday at the following locations:

  • Mondays – St. Stephen Church Parking Lot, (1018 S.  15th St., 40210 – Parking lot across the street from St. Stephen Church at the corner of South 15th and Kentucky streets)
  • Tuesdays – Beechmont Community Center (205 Wellington Avenue, 40214)
  • Wednesdays – Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Lane, 40272)
  • Wednesdays – East Government Center (200 Juneau Drive, 40243)
  • Thursdays – new site to be announced soon
  • Fridays – Former Kroger site in Old Louisville (924 S. Second St., 40203)

For more information on senior meal service click here.

For people of all ages, Dare To Care has this interactive map for finding a food bank near you.

You can also call Dare To Care for help finding food assistance at 502-966-3821.

Americana Community Center is offering free weekday breakfast, lunch and dinner to children, and increasing the availability of translators for those seeking health information.

If you’re in a high-risk segment of the population, here are some grocery stores that are offering dedicated shopping hours to older people and those with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems.

For service industry folks, prominent chef Edward Lee is offering meals and supplies for pick-up at 621 West Magnolia from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven nights a week through a Restaurant Workers Relief Program.

Laid-off service-industry workers should bring a pay stub to show they worked in a restaurant.

To see if you qualify for SNAP (food stamps) visit benefind.ky.gov.

Internet Access

Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and WiFi for 60 days for families of K-12 or college students, beginning Monday, Mar. 16. Here’s the number to call: 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived as well. More info here.

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 502-875-0442 or online at www.kentuckycareercenter.com. People are being asked to apply on the following schedule, by the first letter of their last name:

Sunday: A-D
Monday: E-H
Tuesday: I-L
Wednesday: M-P
Thursday: Q-U
Friday: V-Z and if you missed your day.

More info here.

Here’s a helpful video from the state on how to apply:

If you’ve lost income, you might also qualify for Medicaid.

If you’re looking for employment, Kentuckiana Works has a jobs board listing companies that are still hiring.

Help For Small Businesses

Small business, contractors and for-profit and non-profits in Kentucky that have been harmed by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the federal government to help recover, called Small Business Association (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans applications can be completed and filed online at www.sba.gov/disaster. You can also call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Here is an SBA loan fact sheet.

Gov. Beshear’s office says that businesses should also try to work with their banks or credit unions. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is encouraging financial institutions to work in a “prudent manner” with businesses affected by the pandemic.

Addiction Help

Narcotics Anonymous, Louisville Area: 502-569-1769

Greater Louisville Intergroup of Alcoholic Anonymous: 502-582-1849

Ways To Help Out

The Team Kentucky Fund provides assistance to Kentuckians who have been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. You can donate here.

The One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund deploys resources to households, businesses, and community-based organizations. Here’s the donate page.

Louisville COVID-19 Elder and High-Risk Match Program matches volunteers with people in need of assistance, from pharmacy pickups to grocery runs. Here’s the website.

The governor’s recent order directing restaurants and bars to end in-house service will no doubt be tough on the Louisville restaurant industry and its workers. The website Keep Louisville Restaurants Strong allows users to shop gift cards to support restaurants and bars over this period. If you’re a restaurant owner, you can list gift card. There are also resources for restaurant workers facing unemployment or loss of income during this time.

You can also support service-industry workers by donating to Louisville chef Edward Lee’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program. The program provides meals and supplies to restaurant workers laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can donate at LEEInitiative.org.

 

Jess Clark is WFPL's Education and Learning Reporter.