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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

Individuals needing assistance due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance through The Salvation Army by phone at 662-842-9222, by email at tupeloms@uss.salvationarmy.org, or by Facebook message at facebook.com/SATupelo

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 or call 1-888-844-3577.

Unemployment Benefits Finder from the U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/UnemploymentBenefits/Find-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx

The Public Service Commission has prohibited water, electric, sewer, and natural gas disconnections for 60 days from March 14 throughout the state. Customers will still accrue charges during this period. Disconnections for nonpayment will resume May 27.

The governor’s Safer at Home order further suspends evictions until May 31. Rent will still accrue during this period. Evictions for nonpayment may resume June 1.

AT&T will waive wireless overages for data, voice, and text until June 30. T-Mobile and Sprint have eliminated mobile data caps for their customers through June 30. C-Spire is doubling customers’ data limits until June 30.

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

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.

For information regarding the economic impact payments (also called stimulus checks) for individuals through the CARES Act, visit the IRS website.

The Home Saver Program has re-opened and is now accepting applications. This program provides up to 4 months of mortgage assistance for families or individuals affected by lay-offs throughout the state due to COVID-19. See the full flyer for details.

Teen Health Mississippi has an emergency relief fund available to its youth partners and young people ages 13 to 19 from across the state impacted by COVID-19. Funds are intended for young people who demonstrate an immediate need for interim housing, nutritional stipends, baby care items for expectant and parenting teens, transportation, medical care/supplies, and school supplies. Read more on their website. Applications are currently closed.

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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

Please note that as the official school year draws to a close, these programs may end or change.

In Tupelo and Lee County:

  • Lee County Schools will serve grab-and-go meals through the month of June 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 ended its meal program Thursday, May 21.
  • Nettleton School District will resume providing lunches on Wednesday, April 29. Pickup days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30 to 12:00.

In Chickasaw County:

  • Chickasaw County School District will distribute meals from 11:00 to 12:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for any child up to 18 years of age at Houlka Attendance Center.
  • Houston School District will distribute meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 to 12:30. 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)
  • Okolona School District will start providing meals on April 20 and continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They will start delivering 10:00 to 12:00, bus drop off and pick up at high school. Students must come out to the bus to get meals.

In Itawamba County:

  • Itawamba County Schools has suspended their meal program.

In Monroe County:

  • Amory School District has suspended their meal program.
  • Aberdeen School District will resume grab-and-go meals on Monday, April 27. Pickup will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00 at Aberdeen High School in front of the Roy Hazzle gymnasium.
  • Monroe County Schools has suspended their meal program.
  • Nettleton School District will resume providing lunches on Wednesday, April 29. Pickup days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30 to 12:00.

In Pontotoc County:

  • The Pontotoc City School District will have grab-and-go meals available on Mondays only from 10:00 to 11:00 at Pontotoc High School, Pontotoc Elementary School, and D.T. Cox Elementary School. Meals are free for any child 1-18, and adult meals are available for $3.
  • Pontotoc County Schools is distributing meals at the following locations from 10:30 to 11:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays:
    • North Pontotoc Locations:
      • Cherry Creek Baptist Church
      • Endville Baptist Church
      • North Pontotoc School (Front)
      • Sherman Church of Christ
      • Thaxton Baptist Church
      • Hurricane Community Center 
    • 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)
      • Thaxton Baptist Church
      • Troy Baptist Church – between 12:00 and 12:15
    • 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 resume grab-and-go meals on Monday, April 27. Pickup is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 at the BHS cafeteria.
  • Booneville School District will resume Meals 2 Go on Monday, April 20. Pickup is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 at the Anderson Elementary kindergarten building. Meals are free to any child 0-18 and the child must be present in the car.
  • Prentiss County Schools will resume serving free meals to all children under the age of 18 on Monday, April 27. Pickup days are Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00 at Hills Chapel and Jumpertown schools.

In Tishomingo County:

  • Tishomingo County Schools will provide grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00 at Belmont Elementary, Tishomingo Middle, Iuka Elementary, and Burnsville Elementary. All children 18 and under are welcome, regardless of which school they attend. Student must be present to receive meals.

In Union County:

  • Union County School District will resume the grab-and-go lunch program on Monday, April 27. Pickup is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 12:00 at each campus.
  • New Albany School District will have grab and go meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 at New Albany Middle School cafeteria.

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.

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Closings and Cancellations

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

  • Agape Health Services plans to reopen in June.
  • The Arc‘s office is closed until further notice. Call or text 662-222-1850 for assistance and include your phone number.
  • The Autism Center of North Mississippi is closed until further notice. The Fairpark Burger Frenzy and the 2020 Autism Run 5K have been postponed.
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi (Tupelo, Oxford, New Albany, Ripley) is currently closed for students. However, they have been offering support for students and families through providing homework assignments, serving as meal sites, and posting information on their Facebook page. They anticipate opening for the Summer Program on June 8th for Tupelo, New Albany and Oxford Clubs.
  • Cami Jo Cares Easter event scheduled for March 28 will be rescheduled.
  • All CATCH Kids clinics are closed until further notice. CATCH Kids will pay for medicines in clinic locations and at partner pharmacies for any child with no Medicaid, CHIP, or other insurance.
  • The Church After School Association (CASA) is closed until further notice.
  • Comfort Creatures of NEMS has suspended all pet therapy visits until further notice.
  • El Centro is closed until at least April 30.
  • The Elvis Presley Birthplace is closed until further notice
  • Classes at the Family Resource Center have moved to online only.
  • First Choice Center for Women is available by appointment only. Schedule by calling 662-534-7061. To speak to someone immediately, call or text the hotline at 662-316-1675.
  • First Friends Respite Center for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in Amory is closed until at least April 17. For caregiving issues and related concerns, please call 662-315-0097.
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South has closed all offices and Trefoil Truck stores to the public, and suspended all programs and events. Staff are answering phone calls, emails, and web-based live chats. All in-person troop meetings are suspended until further notice; however, troops are encouraged to use phones and digital resources to stay connected. The council currently offers 26 Virtual Badge Labs (14 more in production), four Facebook Live events scheduled (three more planned), and Virtual Troop Meetings every Tuesday at 5:30. Resources are available at www.girlscoutshs.org or by calling 800-624-4185.
  • 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.
  • Hope Unbridled has cancelled lessons until further notice.
  • The Healthcare Foundation of North Mississippi has rescheduled Take a Swing at Cancer for November 1-2.
  • HealthWorks! is closed until further notice.
  • Itawamba Crossroads Ranch Bowls of Love has been postponed.
  • All LIFE of MS offices and gyms are closed until further notice.
  • Life Pregnancy Care Center can accommodate visits by appointment only. Call 662-327-0500or email info@mslifechoices.org
  • Magnolia Foundation‘s Reel Deal Magnolia Fishing Classic scheduled for April 4 will be rescheduled for later in the fall.
  • All MSU Extension and 4-H events are postponed through May 10. County offices are closed until 8 am April 20th. Clients may contact by phone or email.
  • New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults will be closed until further notice.
  • 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.
  • Tishomingo Community Coalition‘s Safe Haven is closed to visitors.
  • Tishomingo County Old Courthouse Museum is closed until further notice.
  • 10 for Tupelo has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12.
  • Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is closed until further notice.
  • The Tupelo Leo Misfits Club has cancelled their March 23 meeting.

Organizations Operating as Usual (or slight changes)

  • Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry will continue to serve current clients with curbside service. Please check Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes Facebook page for updates and special instructions.
  • Amory Food Pantry will continue to open each Tuesday from 8:00 to 11:00 with “drive-thru” service. Please check their Facebook page for updates.
  • F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry will resume regular operations in May on the third Saturday of each month from 7:00 to 10:00.
  • Fulton United Methodist Food Pantry will be open regular hours each month on the 3rd Saturday 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. No new clients are accepted until further notice.
  • Helping Hands will continue to be open on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 for drive-through food boxes. Clothes Closet is temporarily closed.
  • Hope Family Ministries is operating normal business hours for therapy.
  • The Lee County Library and the Itawamba County Library have re-opened with the following schedules:
    • Lee: M – Closed, T/W – 9-6, Th – 11-8, F/Sat – 9-5
    • Itawamba: M-Th – 9-6, F – 1-5, Sat – 10-2
  • Mission Okolona will open as usual every third Saturday of the month with drive-through service only from 8:00 to 9:30.
  • 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. Beginning May 6th, NCADD will resume face-to-face alcohol & drug assessments. They are booking appointments now for May and beyond. The hotline will remain open to all callers and counselors are available.
  • Regional Rehabilitation Center has begun seeing patients on a condensed schedule as of Monday, April 27. Mondays and Wednesdays for speech therapy and dyslexia testing, and Tuesdays and Thursdays for occupational and physical therapy. Dyslexia therapy will continue to be done via teletherapy.
  • The Salvation Army in Tupelo‘s social services office is open regular hours. The Salvation Army thrift stores will re-open in Tupelo on April 27 and in New Albany and Amory on April 28 with a 10-customer limit and 6-foot distance guideline.
  • 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.
  • The St. Luke Food Pantry will be open each Thursday at 8:00 AM 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
  • Talbot House Bakery will have carry-out only on Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 to 1:00.
  • Tupelo-Lee Humane Society is now taking appointments for spaying and neutering. Find additional details on their Facebook page.
  • 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.

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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. They also have a list of at-home resources for children in Pre-K through high school.

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

At-home packet pickups have ended now that school is out for summer.

Online Resources

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