We know this time is unexpected for most including us. But we will get through this together. Stay home as much as possible until things die down.
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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 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.
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.
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:
Friday: V-Z and if you missed your day.
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. 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.