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As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, we are closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of coronavirus in our region. Many people may be wondering what we can do to minimize the impact of the outbreak and support those affected by illness or the need to self-isolate.

We encourage everyone to refer to the Mississippi Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for the best information for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for yourselves and others.

To protect the community and our staff, our office is not open to the public until further notice. You can call us at 662-841-9133 if you need information.

You can also follow United Way and our community initiatives on social media for updates as they become available.

Additional information specific to Tupelo and Lee County can be found on the website TupeloTogether.com

Below you will find a list of other organizations that are closing or rescheduling regular services or events for the safety of their staff and clients during the outbreak.

We also know that school and workplace closings will affect many families that are already facing food insecurity or will be strongly impacted by a loss of wages. We are gathering information on resources in our communities and will share them as we find them.


Economic Assistance for Lost Income due to COVID-19

 

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, individuals needing assistance due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance from the Support Fund through the Family Resource Center at frcnms.org or the Salvation Army at 662-842-9222. Click to read more about eligibility and requirements.

Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced March 20 that Mississippi workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. Find more information on their website.

The Public Service Commission has prohibited water, electric, sewer, and natural gas disconnections for 60 days throughout the state. Customers will still accrue charges during this period.

AT&T will waive wireless overages for data, voice, and text. T-Mobile and Sprint have eliminated mobile data caps for their customers for 60 days.

Comcast is offering increased speeds and expanded their free service for low-income families for 60 days. Read more.

AT&T has waived data caps for home internet customers.

FamilyWize prescription cards can provide discounts on your medications. Learn more at FamilyWize.org or use the following information when ordering prescriptions:

  • BIN: 610194
  • Card ID: FW100
  • Group ID: FW100
  • PCN: FW

Walgreens and CVS are offering free delivery for prescriptions during the coronavirus emergency.


Feeding Those Impacted by Closings

 

If you or your children are impacted by the loss of school meals or a loss of income due to workplace closures, please contact Jason Martin, executive director of the Tupelo/Lee County Hunger Coalition, for information on emergency food resources.

If you would like to help provide meals for those impacted, please visit tupeloleehungercoalition.org/send-a-meal to make a donation. If your church or other organization is offering assistance, please let Jason know.

Meals for Children

The Mississippi Department of Education has a list of schools that are approved to provide meals at https://www.mdek12.org/OCN

To keep the list easier to read, we have archived feeding sites that are no longer active now that more schools are providing meals.

In Tupelo and Lee County:

  • Lee County Schools will serve grab-and-go meals beginning Monday, March 23 until further notice for all children under 18. Children must be present to receive a meal. Adults can purchase a breakfast & lunch combo for $3 (exact change required). Click here to view the full announcement. LCS asks that parents fill out the request form at this link if planning to pick up meals. Meals will be served Mondays and Wednesdays in the car rider lines from 10:00 to 12:00 at the following schools:
    • Shannon Middle/High School
    • Verona Elementary
    • Plantersville Middle School
    • Mooreville Elementary
    • Saltillo High School
    • Guntown Middle School
  • Tupelo Public School District will provide free meals to all students 18 and under beginning Thursday, March 19. Pick up is from 10:30 to 12:30 at the following locations. Click here to view the full announcement.
    • ECEC – in front of cafeteria
    • Lawhon – front side of school between office and gym
    • Pierce Street – front side of school at car line pick-up
    • Lawndale – back parking lot at bus pick-up
    • Rankin: front side of school at gym entrance car line pick-up
  • Nettleton School District will begin free grab-and-go lunches on Monday, March 23 from 11:00 to 1:00 daily. Vehicles must enter on the central office side of Mullen Avenue and exit past the gym. Student must be in the vehicle to receive a meal.

In Chickasaw County:

  • Chickasaw County School District will serve meals from 11:00 to 12:30 daily for any child up to 18 years of age at Houlka Attendance Center.
  • Houston School District will distribute meals beginning Monday, March 23 from 11:00 to 12:30 daily at the following locations. Children must be present.
    • Houston Upper Elementary School in the car rider pick
      up line
    • Woodland First Baptist Church
    • Pleasant Grove M.B. Church, 1453 CR 402 (please
      enter the first driveway)

In Itawamba County:

  • Meals will disbursed between 11:00 to 1:00 at the following churches in Itawamba County beginning Monday, March 23rd.
    • Bethel Baptist Church, 445 Bethel Church Road, Fulton (Dorsey Community)
    • Pine Grove Church, 2219 Dorsey-Evergreen Road, Fulton (Evergreen Community)
    • Carolina Church, 3384 Carolina Road, Nettleton (Carolina Community, Old Riley’s Store)
    • Salem Baptist Church, 28909 Highway 25 North, Golden (Fairview Community)
    • Trinity Baptist Church, 302 South Adams Street, Fulton
    • Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 5225 John Ranking Highway, Fulton (Ryans Well Community)
    • First Baptist Church of Mantachie, 6080 Highway 363, Mantachie
    • Ozark Baptist Church, 926 Ozark Baptist Church Road, Marietta
    • Tremont First Baptist Church, 10050 Highway 178, Tremont
    • East Fulton Baptist Church, 1200 East Main Street, Fulton
    • Pine Grove Church of Christ, 216 North Johnson Road, Fulton (Tremont/Fairview area)
    • Big Oak Baptist Church, 6870 Van Buren Road, Fulton

In Monroe County:

  • The Aberdeen School District will offer grab-and-go lunch beginning Tuesday, March 17 and as long as the district is closed. Pick up at Aberdeen High School at the entrance by the gymnasium from 9:30 to 11:30 (updated time because breakfast is now being served). Park and Rec will also help to deliver.
  • Amory School District will serve free drive-thru meals beginning Monday, March 23 at West Amory Elementary School from 11:00 to 12:30 Monday thorough Friday. Any child 18 and under can receive a meal; they do not have to be a student of Amory School District. Child must be present to claim their meal.
  • Nettleton School District will begin free grab-and-go lunches on Monday, March 23 from 11:00 to 1:00 daily. Vehicles must enter on the central office side of Mullen Avenue and exit past the gym. Student must be in the vehicle to receive a meal.
  • Monroe County Schools will have grab-and-go lunches available to students beginning Monday, March 23 from 10:30 to 12:30 at each of the main campuses: Hamilton, Hatley and Smithville.

In Pontotoc County:

  • The Pontotoc City School District will begin Grab and Go breakfast and lunch Thursday, March 19 at Pontotoc High School from 8:00 to 9:00 at the front entrance.
  • Pontotoc County Schools is distributing meals at the following locations from 10:30 to 12:00 daily:
    • North Pontotoc Locations:
      • Cairo Baptist Church
      • Cherry Creek Baptist Church
      • Endville Baptist Church
      • Friendship Baptist Church
      • Hurricane Baptist Church
      • North Pontotoc School (Front)
      • Sherman Church of Christ
      • Thaxton Baptist Church
    • In addition, two bus routes will deliver food. Each bus will have food at the first location at 10:30, then move to the next location from there. Students will need to be watching and listening for the bus (drivers will honk). These routes are as follows:
      • Route One Stops (in order): Possom Trot, Swords Lane, Graham Road, Smoketop
      • Route Two (in order): J. Sewell Cove, Brassfield, Harmony Loop
    • South Pontotoc Locations:
      • Carey Springs Baptist Church
      • Cooke Baptist Church
      • Midway Baptist Church
      • South Pontotoc School (Front)
      • Toccopola Community Center
      • Troy First Baptist Church
    • In addition, two bus routes will deliver food. Each bus will have food at the first location at 10:30, then move to the next location from there. Students will need to be watching and listening for the bus (drivers will honk). These routes are as follows:
      • Route One (in order): Shanda Ridge laundromat, Kizer Trail, Post Oak Dr.
      • Route Two (in order): Salmon Rd, Evergreen Dr.

In Prentiss County:

  • Baldwyn School District will provide breakfast and lunch boxes on Monday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 25 from 9:00 to 11:00 for children 18 and under at Baldwyn High School. Adults can also purchase meals for $3 each, exact cash only. Click here for the full announcement.
  • Prentiss County Schools will begin free meals for all children under 18 on Monday, March 23 from 11:00 to 12:30 daily at Hills Chapel School and Jumpertown. Student must be present.
  • Booneville Schools will begin the feeding program for anyone ages 0-18 at Anderson Elementary’s bus rider line from 9:00 to 11:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Monday’s bag will have food for two days, and Wednesday’s bag will have food for three days. Students must be present and accompanied by an adult, and everyone should remain in their vehicles.

In Tishomingo County:

  • Tishomingo County Schools will offer grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 each day at the Belmont Elementary, Tishomingo Elementary, Iuka Elementary, and Burnsville Elementary. All children 18 and under are welcome, regardless of which school they attend. Student must be present to receive a breakfast/lunch bag.

In Union County:

  • The Union County School District will be providing grab and go lunches for all children 18 and under each weekday beginning Monday, March 23 from 10:30 to 12:00. Adults can also purchase lunches for $2.00.
    • East Union- pick up will be provided at the back of the school by the cafeteria
    • Ingomar-pick up will be provided at the front entrance
    • Myrtle-pick up will be provided by the cafeteria
    • West Union-pick up will be provided at the front entrance
  • New Albany School District will have grab and go breakfast and lunch from 8:30 to 10:30 am Monday through Friday at the New Albany Middle School beginning March 23. Snack packs will be distributed on Friday.

In Other Counties:

  • The South Tippah School District will have a grab-and-go lunch at the Ripley Elementary School cafeteria on Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19 from 10:30 to 12:00 for anyone 18 years and younger.
  • Alcorn School District will provide grab & go meals (breakfast and lunch together) for students from 9:00 to 11:00 each day. Pick up outside the cafeteria. The student must be present to receive the meal.

Meals for Adults or Any Age

  • The Salvation Army in Tupelo will provide grab-and-go lunches until further notice. All social services will continue as normal.
  • Saints’ Brew will switch to to-go breakfasts until further notice. Anyone of any age is welcome to participate.
  • Meals on Wheels of Lee County will continue regular deliveries.
  • Amory Meals on Wheels will continue regular deliveries.

Eight Days of Hope is providing 20,000 lunch and dinner meals for individuals living within the Tupelo city limits, beginning with dinner on Tuesday, March 24. Visit FeedTupelo.comor call 662-255-7565 to sign up for meal delivery.


Closings and Cancellations

 

All public schools are closed until April 17 per the governor’s order.

  • The Church After School Association (CASA) is closed until further notice.
  • New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults will be closed March 16-20.
  • Hope Unbridled has cancelled lessons for March 16-20.
  • HealthWorks! is closed until further notice and all events for March 16-20 are cancelled.
  • El Centro and the ESL classes at First Baptist Church will not meet March 16-20.
  • All LIFE of MS offices and gyms are closed through March 31. Specialists are still accessible by phone and email.
  • Classes at the Family Resource Center are cancelled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
  • Tupelo-Lee Humane Society has postponed volunteer orientation sessions until further notice.
  • 10 for Tupelo has been postponed.
  • MSU Extension offices, including 4-H Clubs, has postponed all meetings and events until March 30.
  • Agape Health Services is closed until further notice.
  • The Arc‘s bowling event with Big Brothers Big Sisters scheduled for March 26 will be rescheduled. The bowling event set for April 2 and the meeting set for April 3 will go on as planned.
  • Cami Jo Cares Easter event scheduled for March 28 will be rescheduled.
  • Comfort Creatures of NEMS has suspended all pet therapy visits at least through April 1.
  • Itawamba Crossroads Ranch Bowls of Love scheduled for March 19 has been rescheduled for April 9.
  • Life Pregnancy Care Center – Please check their Facebook page for important information.
  • Magnolia Foundation‘s Reel Deal Magnolia Fishing Classic scheduled for April 4 will be rescheduled.
  • The Elvis Presley Birthplace is closed until further notice
  • Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is closed March 16-22
  • Tishomingo County Old Courthouse Museum‘s Lunch Lecture Series canceled until further notice.
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi (Tupelo, Oxford, New Albany, Ripley) have updated their plan and will close after Wednesday, March 18. They will continue to have food pick-up in the parking lots at North Green and Haven Acres.
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South has closed all offices and Trefoil Truck stores to the public, suspended programs run by the council, and suspended cookie sales in public places. They have also requested that all troop meetings be suspended for at least two weeks. Resources are available at girlscoutshs.org.
  • The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Tupelo is discontinuing transportation until further notice for the safety of volunteers and clients. Volunteers are doing phone check-ins and working to provide other resources clients might need.
  • First Choice Center for Women is closed March 16-20.  Baby care and parenting classes will be postponed for several weeks once the clinic reopens.
  • The Healthcare Foundation of North Mississippi has rescheduled Take a Swing at Cancer for November 1-2.
  • Good Samaritan Free Clinic has suspended clinic visits and will reevaluate March 30. The pharmacy is open for patients to call in refills and pick them up from 9:00 to 5:00 Monday through Thursday and 9:00 to 12:00 on Friday.
  • The Lee County Library and the Itawamba County Library are closed until April 4.
  • The Tupelo Leo Misfits Club has cancelled their March 23 meeting.
  • All CATCH Kids clinics are closed until further notice.
  • Tishomingo Community Coalition‘s Safe Haven is closed to visitors.
  • First Friends Respite Center for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in Amory is closed until further notice. For caregiving issues and related concerns, please call 662 315 0097.
  • Regional Rehabilitation Center will not see clients until further notice. The Axe Throwing event has been rescheduled for August 27. The Red Rasberry awards dinner has been rescheduled for November 12.
  • The Autism Center of North Mississippi is closed until further notice. The Fairpark Burger Frenzy and the 2020 Autism Run 5K have been postponed.

Organizations Operating as Usual (or slight changes)

 

  • The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of NEMS will continue regular hours, 9:00 to 4:00 daily. Their hotline is open 24 hours at 662-841-0403. Leave a message and a counselor will call you back.
  • The Salvation Army in Tupelo‘s social services office is open regular hours. The Salvation Army thrift stores will be open regular hours Tuesday through Saturday with a strict 10-person limit (including employees).
  • S.A.F.E., Inc.‘s shelter cannot accept visitors or donations of goods at this time. However, the shelter is accepting admissions and providing victim services.
  • Talbot House Bakery will have carry-out only on Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 to 1:00.
  • Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry will continue to serve current clients. Curbside service. No one will have to leave their car. Please check Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes Facebook page on Monday, March 23 for special instructions.
    • Friday, March 27   8 a.m. -1 p.m.  – Senior Citizens 70+ only
    • Saturday, March 28 8 a.m. -10 a.m.
  • Amory Food Pantry will continue to open each Tuesday from 8:00 to 11:00. All clients will remain in their vehicles and receive “drive-thru” service.
  • The St. Luke Food Pantry will be open on Thursday, March 19 and Thursday, March 26 with the following changes to procedure:
    • Clients should not arrive before 7:30a.m.
    • We will stop accepting clients at 12:00 p.m.
    • Clients stay in their vehicle. Keep windows rolled up.
    • Have vehicle prepared to place food in the trunk or rear of the vehicle
    • Have your photo ID ready to show
    • Future distribution days are unknown and could be halted because of COVID-19
    • This service is open to residents of Lee County
  • F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry will be open regular hours (7:00 to 10:00) on Saturday, March 21. Clients will not leave their vehicles (even new clients) and should keep their windows closed if possible and have their ID ready to show.
  • Fulton United Methodist Food Pantry will be open regular hours on Saturday, March 28 with changes to procedures limit personal contact.
  • Helpful Samaritan Food Pantry will be open as usual on Mondays from 11:00 to 12:30 and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30. All clients will remain in their cars, and volunteers will come to each car to get your information and give you a number.
  • Union County Good Samaritan will continue drive-through pickup services for certified families on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:45.

If you have information about closings and cancellations not listed here, please email us.


Education Resources

 

Follow the Early Childhood Coalition on Facebook and Twitter for more resources, videos, and live events being shared.

Resource Packets and School Websites

The Tupelo Public School District has provided downloadable materials for your student to work on during the extended break. Click here to download packets for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Tupelo Public School District has created a list of at-home resources for children in Pre-K through high school.

Saltillo Elementary students can visit the Lee County Schools website and log into their Classlink with their username/password from home.

Saltillo Primary school has put together a wonderful website full of resources. Visit Little Tigers Learn at Home to access. Most of these resources can be used by primary-age children who attend any school.

Principal Blissard will be at Shannon Elementary on Wednesday, March 18 from 12:00 to 1:30 for parents to pick up work packets for their students.

All Lee County Schools students can access at-home learning packets beginning Monday, March 23 at leecountyschools.us. Packets can also be picked up at

    • Shannon Middle/High
    • Plantersville Middle
    • Verona Elementary
    • Mooreville Elementary
    • Saltillo High School
    • Guntown Middle

Prentiss County Schools instructional packets will be ready for parent pick-up at Hills Chapel, Jumpertown, Marietta, New Site, Thrasher, and Wheeler on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. till 5:30p.m. Please pull in the car-rider line and do not exit your automobile, teachers will bring the materials to your car.

Online Resources