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As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we want to make sure that families have updated information and access to a variety of resources while schools remain closed to students due to the coronavirus. Below, you will find information regarding transportation, food, unemployment and more. As information on additional community resources becomes available, it will be posted here.
Interactive guide to local businesses offering free meals for students
Many children rely on their school to provide them with breakfast and lunch during the day. With the recent school closings due to the coronavirus outbreak, many local restaurants and school districts have offered to give free meals to students in need. Please visit the interactive map to find local businesses and schools offering food.
Dakota County - Student Meal Sites
Experience Burnsville - Take Out Options
Savage Pacer - Meals
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance
The Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can’t work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. After you apply, we will let you know if you are eligible. Apply for unemployment benefits as soon as you can; waiting may result in you losing some benefits.
You can apply online, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., or with our automated phone.
If you have questions, call one of our Customer Service representatives. We can assist you in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or any other language you prefer. Customer Service representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644 | Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090 | TTY users: 1-866-814-1252.
Greater Twin Cities First Call for Help
Free and confidential
Available 24-7 in all languages
Texting available Monday-Friday 8-7 text your zip code to 898-211
COVID-19 Resource Hotline: If you know someone is in need, dial 211 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211*
Chat Features Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
This data base supports three major help lines.
Disability HUB 1-888-333-2466 click here to access online resources
Senior Linkage Line 1-800-333-2433 click here for more information
LinkVET 1-888-546-5838 click here for more information
Community Resource Guide for Children and Families
This document is created and printed in English and Spanish by Dakota County Public Health. Contact Public Health for information at 651-554-6100.
Children’s Mental Health Resources
Dakota County Early Childhood Resources
Adult Mental Health Resources
Transportation Resource Guide
Dakota County COVID-19 Hotline
MN COVID-19 Hotlines
Minnesota COVID-19 Hotlines
School and Child Care Questions
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