COVID-19 is an ever-changing issue that we take very seriously.

We have been following this crisis very closely and based on developments, we are referring people to the CDC website for official updates and information.


Information on PPE, Testing, Hospitals, Data and more in the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan!



You can visit the CDC website here:


REGIONAL INFO from Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

— You can visit the MDHSS website by clicking here —

Helping Unemployed Americans

If you have been laid off, dismissed or experiencing decreased hours – info can be found on:


Employment Transition During Covid-19 Pandemic Transcripts (Downloadable)

Employment Transition During COVID Script for Translation – (Spanish)

Employment Transition During COVID Script for Translation – (English)





FREE ACCESS to Behavioral Health Crisis Services:


Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic:


High school equivalency students to They can create an account and have access to study guides, lessons, and practice tests for the HiSET. 


Harvard is offering free courses!

A Rhetoric class that includes persuasive writing:  


A class on basic probability  


A class on meteorology 




PLEASE CONTACT the Missouri Job Centers if you need ANY assistance.  

Missouri Job Center, 730 S. Wall, Joplin or 100 S. Maple, Monett or call (417) 629-3000





  • If you need answers on symptoms, testing, or how to stay safe, contact the Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at (877) 435-8411 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week or contact your doctor.

 Help with Food

  • You can get food from your local food pantry. Call United Way 2-1-1 for pantries in your area, or visit
  • You may be able to get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits so you can buy food with an Electronic Benefit Card (EBT). This card can be used at stores, certain gas stations, and other locations that have food. Also, you can use your card at and if you don’t want to go into stores. Go to or call (855) 373-4636 for more information.
  • Seniors caring for a child or grandchild five years of age or younger may receive help through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC provides supplemental food, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and healthcare referrals to income-eligible caretakers, infants, and children.Visit for more information.
  • The Missouri Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) improves participant health by supplementing diets with nutritious U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodity foods each month.  Food packages do not provide a complete diet, but are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the beneficiary population.  Eligible participants include elderly persons at least 60 years of age who meet income eligibility requirements.  To learn more about CSFP visit
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides USDA-donated foods to needy, low-income and unemployed persons for home consumption, organizations serving homeless people and other non-profit groups providing meals in congregate settings to needy persons. Visit  or contact a regional Food Bank or Pantry for more details.

Medical Care and Costs

  • You may be able to get help through the MO HealthNet (Medicaid) program that can be used with Medicare coverage to help with costs. MO HealthNet may even be able to pay your Medicare Part B premiums. Visit or call (855) 373-4636.
  • If you have a visual disability that limits life activities and need help, Rehab Services for the Blind may be able to help.  Visit or call (800) 592-6004.
  • If you need low-cost health care that accepts Medicare/Medicaid and supplements, find the nearest community health center at or by calling (573) 636-4222.
  • If you need help with finding mental health treatment, find a Community Mental Health Centers by visiting: to find local office information.
  • Medicare provides health insurance to people 65 and older, those 65 and younger who receive Social Security disability cash benefits for at least 24 months, and persons with end stage renal disease.Call (800) 633-4227, TTY at 877-486-2048 or visit  
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays monthly benefits to persons over 65, blind, or disabled persons meeting income and asset guidelines.  Many SSI recipients qualify for SNAP and Medicaid benefits.  Call (800) 772-1213, visit or visit


  • If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you need help with getting to other doctor appointments, call (866) 269-5927 to learn more or visit
  • If you need other help with finding transportation, MO Rides may be able to help. Call (844) 836-7433 or visit and click “Find a Ride.”

 Utility Bills

  • You could get help with your energy costs through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. More information is available at

 Safety and neglect

 If you suspect a senior citizen is being abused, bullied, neglected or exploited, call the Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline at (800) 392-0210. The hotline operates 365 days per year from 7 a.m. to midnight. Online reporting is available,


Legal Assistance

Missouri Senior Legal Helpline, a partnership of Health and Senior Services and Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging, helps seniors and caregivers get legal advice from local attorneys.  Power of Attorney, guardianship, living wills, advance directives, wills, trusts and other civil legal help is available.  The helpline can’t assist with criminal or fee-generating cases, imprisonment, or municipal/traffic cases.  Call (800) 235-5503 or go to


Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Regions

AAA’s provide help to older persons at the local level. Missouri has 10 AAAs that provide services, information and advocate to improve lives of older Missourians through improved health, social and economic self-sufficiency.  Use the map to find contact information for the nearest agency.  Contact information is listed on the next pages.


Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Region Contact Information


Area 1 (Cedar, Barry, Lawrence, Dade, Stone, Christian, Green, Polk counties & more)

Senior Age AAA

Starr Kohler, director

1735 S. Fort Ave

Springfield, MO 65807




Area 10 (Barton, Jasper, Newton & McDonald County)

Region X AAA

Jennifer Shotwell, director

531 E. 15th St.

Joplin, MO 64804




Food Pantries in the Joplin Job Center Area


UPDATED – Joplin Schools Nutrition Services will be providing daily breakfast and lunch for any child, ages 1-18 throughout this period of closure, beginning March 23. Friday’s pick up will also include weekend meals. Children do not need to be Joplin residents or enrolled in Joplin schools to qualify. You may pick up meals at any Joplin school location (except Early Childhood) from 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from any of our bus route drop off points. Children MUST to be present to receive their meals. Meals will be “pick up and go”, do not exit your vehicle. We apologize, but we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions at this time. If you have questions you may contact the Child Nutrition Office at 417-625-5315. Please help us to estimate need by completing the form at


Food Pantries Direct Link – Joplin Area Food Pantries –


Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area – Joplin, MO (417)782-8384

Emergency Food Program Crosslines requests that each congregation set aside at least one Sunday per month to donate food items giving them an opportunity for “hands on” mission giving. We serve an average of 750 families for food requests per month – generally on referral from the Jasper County Family Support Division, the American Red Cross, Economic Security Corporation, Community Hospice and any one of our 62 churches – are filled by volunteers. We strive to give our clients a wide variety of foods in order to help fulfill their needs

Helping Hands Ministries – Carl Junction, MO (417) 649-2202

Hours: Monday1:00pm 5:00pm, Wednesday 10:00am – 2:00pm. For more information, please call

Salvation Army – Carthage Pantry – Carthage, MO (417) 358-2262

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 2:00pm. For more information, please call

Crosslines – Carthage – Carthage, MO (417) 358-1577

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm. For more information, please call

River Street Food Pantry – Carthage, MO (417) 359-8800

For more information, please call.

Help Center – Neosho, MO (417) 451-0884

Hours: Monday12:00pm – 4:00pmTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am – 3:00pm. For more information, please call

Food Pantries in the Monett Job Center Area

Crosslines – Monett

510 E Cleveland

Monett, MO 65708


Food pantry and assistance

Harvest House

21172 Lawrence 1200

Aurora, MO 65605


Food pantry with curb side service

First Baptist Church

3rd St

Purdy, MO 65734


Food Pantry

First United Methodist Church – Monett

1600 N Central

Monett, MO 65708


Community Dinner Tuesday and Thursdays

Will have curb side service

Food pantry with delivery for at risk and elderly individuals

First United Methodist Church – Cassville

601 Gravel St

Cassville, MO 65625


Food Pantry

St Susanne Catholic Church

No physical address given must call

Food Pantry


Food Pantries in the Miami, OK Area

First Assembly of God Church in Commerce – Commerce, OK (918) 675-5222
First Assembly of God Church in Commerce is a food pantry. Serves Commerce, Oklahoma. * Make sure you check by calling the food pantry to confirm that they still are in operation and the hours as the hours have not changed.

North Miami Baptist Church Food Pantry – North Miami, OK (918) 542-0225
North Miami Baptist Church Food Pantry is a food pantry. Serves Ottawa County, Oklahoma.. * Make sure you check by calling the food pantry to confirm that they still are in operation and the hours as the hours have not changed.

Inter Tribal Council Inc – Miami, OK (918) 542-3443
Inter Tribal Council Inc is a food pantry. Serves Northeastern Oklahoma. * Make sure you check by calling the food pantry to confirm that they still are in operation and the hours as the hours have not changed.

Salvation Army Miami Food Pantry – Miami, OK (918) 542-3467
Salvation Army Miami is a food pantry. Serves Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Documentation Required: Furnish photo ID, proof of income, Social Security number for everyone in household, proof of residency and last 2 pay stubs.Food pantry service hours: Mondays through Fridays 8am – 2PM. 

Ottawa County Nutrition Coalition – Miami, OK (918) 542-9676
Ottawa County Nutrition Coalition is a food pantry. Serves Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Documentation Required: Social security card or picture ID.Food pantry service hours: Mondays through Fridays 1pm – 4PM. . * Make sure you check by calling the food pantry to confirm

Missouri’s Food Banks Respond to COVID-19

Charitable Food Network Urgently Needs Community Support

Columbia, MO (March 17, 2020) — Missouri’s food banks are experiencing a surge in demand as more people seek help during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The charitable food network is adopting new policies and practices to meet demand, but the safety net is experiencing unprecedented strain.

  • Many people are seeking help for the first time. Hourly wage workers and others who suddenly find their incomes negatively impacted are seeking help. Many may not even know what resources are available. These people are needing emergency food assistance in addition to the population already needing services.
  • School closures. Many Missouri children receive their nutrition from school meals. With more schools closing, food banks are attempting to help fill gaps in childhood feeding. This also affects backpack programs, where emergency food is sent home with children each weekend. This is food that is provided by the food banks and distributed by schools.
  • More volunteers are needed, but more people are staying home. One of the ways we can distribute large quantities of food is through volunteers both at the food banks and local agencies. However, more people are understandably hesitant to join in group volunteer efforts. We are asking anyone who is healthy and able to contact their local food bank for volunteer opportunities.
  • Fundraisers and food drives canceled. Like everyone else, we have had to cancel scheduled fundraisers and food drives. That means fewer resources during a time of higher demand.
  • Normal distribution methods impacted. Most emergency food is distributed in group settings like food pantries. We are working to find ways to distribute much-needed food while also controlling the number of people on-site to collect food at any one time. One method is mobile and drive-through options, but these can be more expensive and require additional volunteers.

 Community support is critical right now. Here are ways you can help:

  • Donate money. Every dollar given to Missouri’s food banks can provide at least 10 meals to families in need. It will help us get the food out more effectively and efficiently. People can give by texting FEEDMO20 to 44321.
  • Volunteer. If you are healthy and able, please contact your local food bank and inquire about volunteer needs. A link to your area’s food bank can be found here:
  • Do not hoard food. Many of us have stocked up on essential supplies, but others of us do not have the resources to do so. Clearing out shelves at local stores causes a shortage, which increases the need.

If you, or someone you know, needs emergency food assistance, please visit this website for more information on help available in your community:

We recognize that this unfolding situation has everyone anxious, but Missouri’s food banks need your help. Financial support will be necessary for food banks to meet the increased need they will be facing, as well as for the purchase of additional supplies for cleaning and with help in prepacking boxes of food for delivery. Please help spread the word and do what you can during this challenging time.

 Text to give: FEEDMO20 to 44321

Find your food bank: