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Social services during the COVID-19 pandemic

It can be a stressful time for your family during the pandemic, especially with a new baby. Below are social service resources to support your family if you are in need.

Unemployment benefits

On March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order to ensure workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have full access to unemployment benefits. The executive order makes applicants eligible for unemployment benefits if:

  • A healthcare professional or health authority recommended or ordered them to avoid contact with others.
  • They have been ordered not to come to their workplace due to an outbreak of a communicable disease.
  • They have received notification from a school district, daycare, or other childcare provider that either classes are canceled or the applicant’s ordinary childcare is unavailable, provided that the applicant made reasonable effort to obtain other childcare and requested time off or other accommodation from the employer and no reasonable accommodation was available.

Find more information or apply for unemployment benefits.

Food, paying bills, and shelter

Food for Minneapolis students

Minneapolis Public Schools is providing students with meals while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 virus. These meals are intended to replace the meal services that students normally receive during the school day.

Meals are being given to students at several school locations throughout the city. Meals are given from school buses parked in school parking lots; school buildings will remain closed.

Meal pickup services begin Tuesday, March 17 and continue Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 virus.

United Way 211

If you or someone you know is in need, dial 211 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211. Our Certified Community Resource Specialists are trained to make appropriate referrals for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. They also are available to provide local resources related to accessing food, paying housing bills and other essential services.

211 was set aside by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000 for information, referral and navigation in North America. The 211 system in the United States handled over 13 million calls in 2015. Minnesota has one of the largest and most well-respected 211 services in the country. This free and confidential service is available 24/7, 365 days a year, with a person answering, and over 100 languages spoken.

  • CALL 2-1-1
  • Toll Free: 800-543-7709
    Local: 651-291-0211
  • *Text your zip code to 898-211
    (Available M-F 8 am-7 pm)*
Infant supplies

First Care Pregnancy Center

2900 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN

Richfield Shoppes North
6517 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

2109 Old Hudson Road
Saint Paul, MN

Parenting education & support program
Our Parenting Plus education program will equip you with tools to help you in your parenting and provide you with baby clothes, equipment, diapers, and more. Furthermore, First Care can help you locate information regarding insurance, housing, baby items, and medical care as well as connect you with other community resources.  Please call the location nearest you to schedule an appointment to get registered for their Parenting Plus Program.

Northside Pregnancy Options

4367 Thomas Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Baby equipment
Our Earn While You Learn program is called our Small Steps Program. We want to support and empower you as you define and work to obtain your personal dreams and goals. Participants in the program will meet with one of our education advocates to set their own goals and then work together with the advocate to reach them. Upon entering the program, reaching goals, and completing steps toward their goals, the client will earn “Baby Bucks” which are redeemable in our Small Steps store for new baby items such as a crib, Pack-n-Plays, new baby clothes, toys, strollers, etc. Women and couples who are pregnant or have recently had a baby are eligible for this program.

Material assistance
Once per month, parents may come to North Side, by appointment, to get diapers and wipes, formula and/or gently used maternity clothes and baby clothes up to size 6 from our Clothes Closet. Please bring a photo I.D. and a piece of mail with your name and current address on it to your first appointment.


4105 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 am – 3 pm

Care packages
Every 3 months you can come meet with an advocate and together you will assemble a care package for your family. No strings attached. We just want to help ease the burden.

Thrift store
Gently used clothing at very affordable prices
Open Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Clothing, diapers, toys, books, small equipment
Diaper Depot $3-5 per pack, 1 pack per month per child

Tandem also provides counseling and support groups, life coaching, educational classes on various parenting and life skills topics and has a free child development program for kids ages birth – 5 (you must be get other services/support from Tandem in order to use their child development program).

Birthright of Minneapolis

Medical Arts Building
825 Nicollet Mall, Suite 702
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm

Birthright offers free pregnancy tests and support around pregnancy including referrals for prenatal care and community services. They also have a limited supply of free diapers, infant clothes & maternity clothes.

Culturally specific


Culturally specific child care services

2438 18th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404



American Indian Maternal Child Health Resources (Minneapolis)

Children's Hospital of Minneapolis

The First Gift, including community healing group, making moccasins for babies

Contact Lisa Skjefte, 612-343-2121

Division of Indian Works

Strengthening family circles through in-home parenting, family assessments, family and parent development, doula services, and other programs.

1001 E Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Minneapolis American Indian Center

Family support services for families, women, and children

1530 E Franklin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55404



Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

Support services including Section 8 supportive housing, life skills parenting and family support, Indian Child Welfare Act Collaborative, Family Spirit home visiting, and other programs.

2300 15th Avenue S

Minneapolis, MN 55404





Insurance phone numbers for medical rides

Contact your plan to find out what transportation offering you qualify for. Have your member ID # ready.

Medicaid plans only:

Other options:

Pregnancy and COVID-19 FAQ

Answers to your questions

Prenatal care

Services and care during pregnancy

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