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Family Resources

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

  • 1-800-543-7709

  • Local 651-291-0211

  • 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*

  • Click here to access the website.

MinnesotaHelp Network

Minnesota’s largest data base of social service programs.

  • How-to videos

  • 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

Fast Tracker

Fast-Tracker is an online database for mental health and substance disorder resources

Community Resource Guide for Children and Families

Community Resource Guide for Children and Families In Dakota County  |  Community Resource Guide for Children and Families in Dakota County (Español).

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

Scott County

Full Community Resources List

Dakota County COVID-19 Hotline


​​MN COVID-19 Hotlines

Minnesota COVID-19 Hotlines


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