The following resources are available in the Carver County community to help residents find access to food, transportation, childcare and more. Note this list is not exhaustive and is frequently changing. Updates will be made regularly.
- Caring for Children during COVID-19 offers helpful tips for childcare providers to prevent the spread of illness.
- Child Care Aware of MN has a list of financial resources for childcare providers.
- The Crisis Nursery offers support, information and short-term temporary child care for all children ages 0-12 years who live in Scott and Carver Counties: (612) 839-5101
- Updates on childcare guidelines in Minnesota, including a map of providers for emergency workers
If you, your family or friends are in need of assistance, these resources are available.
Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program offers eligible residents help to pay their energy bills. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners and is based on the household’s previous one month of income.
- Bridge to Benefits links families and individuals to public work support programs and tax credits.
- Contact United Way at 2-1-1 for health and human services information, including information about assistance for rent, food, healthcare and more.
- Apply for Cash Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care or Emergency Assistance through the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
- Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are available to help families purchase groceries. If your child is between the ages of 5 and 18, and was eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-2020 school year, you could receive $325 per child in P-EBT benefits. Register online or call (800) 657-3968 for assistance.
- List of food resources in Carver County: includes information about food shelves, free school lunches, meal and grocery delivery options and food assistance programs.
- Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are available to help families purchase groceries. If your child is between the ages of 5 and 18 years, and was eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-2020 school year, you could receive $325 per child in P-EBT benefits. Register online or call (800) 657-3968 for assistance.
- Map of Carver County organizations, such as schools, local restaurants and food shelves, providing food assistance in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Free grocery delivery service through SmartLink: All Carver County residents can order groceries and household essentials online from a store that has online shopping and local pick-up. SmartLink drivers will pick your order up and deliver to your house at no cost. Contact Customer Service at 952-496-8341 to schedule your free delivery service.
- Need help ordering online groceries? Over-the-phone assistance and step-by-step guides for those learning how to order groceries online. Call (612) 626-FOOD (3663) for phone assistance. This service is provided by the University of Minnesota’s Medical Reserve Corps.
- Two week menu and shopping lists: Buying 14 days or more worth of food can be a financial stretch. Take the guesswork out of what to purchase by using this guide.
- Map of food and beverage establishments open in Carver County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The State of Minnesota's Food Emergency Resource Page has information about food assistance programs and food shelves.
Please review the following resources for more information about COVID-19 and food safety.
- Care Providers of Minnesota has a variety of resources available to support long-term care and assisted living facilities with COVID-19 messaging.
- Portico helps uninsured individuals and families access affordable coverage and care, such as helping clients apply for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. Call (651) 489-2773 to schedule a phone appointment.
- River Valley Health Services: has free tele-health medical appointments. Call (952) 381-5767 to talk to a healthcare provider.
- Resources to Find Low-Cost Health Care or Get Health Insurance
- Contact United Way at 2-1-1 for health and human services information.
- If you are experiencing homelessness, please contact one of the following agencies and request a “Coordinated Entry Homeless Assessment”
- Additional resources for those experiencing homelessness:
- Families seeking shelter may also contact Families Moving Forward at 1-888-234-1329
- Youth ages 14-19 should contact Hope House at (612) 916-3977 or via text at (612) 900-2077
- Heading Home Scott-Carver County has a brochure with more information about programs in Carver and Scott Counties
- If you are currently housed and are worried you will become homeless, please contact the CAP Agency at (952) 496-2125 and leave a message for the housing department. Someone will return your call within 2 business days.
- For Foreclosure issues, contact the Carver County CDA at (952) 448-7715
- For other housing updates and information related to COVID-19, go to the Minnesota Housing webpage
Heading outdoors may be an ideal way to kick your cabin fever. While many outdoor programs have been cancelled or postponed, many outdoor recreation areas are open for the public to enjoy. The outdoors offer plenty of room to maintain physical distance from others, while you also get a little exercise. While outdoors, you are encouraged to:
- Stay close to home.
- Not congregate with others.
- Stay 6+ feet away from people not living in your household.
- The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging has a resource page for seniors during COVID-19. Resources include information on home-delivered meals, home care, social support, caregiver support, health and well-being and much more.
- The Alzheimer's Foundation of America Helpline is open 7 days a week to provide guidance and information about coronavirus prevention tips, handling isolation, and caring for their loved ones. Families can connect with the AFA Helpline by calling (866) 232-8484.
- The Alzheimer's Foundation of America offers web chat! Simply click on the blue and white chat icon on the lower right-hand corner of the page, or send a text message to (646) 586-5283.
- The Institute on Aging Friendship Line provides trained volunteers to talk to older adults who are lonely or depressed. This free service is available to people 60+ who are lonely, isolated, grieving, depressed, anxious and/or thinking about death or suicide. Caregivers and adults living with disabilities of all ages are also welcome to call: (800) 971-0016.
- Minnesota Help created a list of resources for seniors that includes assistance with home repairs, homemaking and grocery delivery.
- Senior LinkAge Line is a free services of the state of Minnesota that connects older Minnesotans and their families with the help they need. Visit the website or call (800) 333-2433.
On March 25, Governor Tim Walz announced a stay at home order, effective March 27 extended to May 18. The stay at home order directs Minnesotans to limit movement outside of their homes beyond essential needs. By limiting social interactions, we decrease the chance of transmission of COVID-19 and help our healthcare sector prepare for increased demands.
Minnesotans may leave their homes to pick up essential items such as groceries or food, prescriptions, and gas; to relocate for safety reasons; or go to work if their job is deemed essential in a sector. If you leave your home, practice social distancing measures and keep 6 feet between you and those around you. Everyone is encouraged to stay active outside during this time, provided they practice safe social distancing.
Allowable activities during the stay at home order include:
- Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
- Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
- Outdoor activities, such as walking pets, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
- Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
- Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to home from outside this state
- Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
- Displacement, such as moving between emergency or homeless shelters if you are without a home
- Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
- Voting, including all local and state elections.
- Funerals, providing that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
- Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservations
For more information about this order, visit the Governor's website.
Use of a personal vehicle is strongly encouraged for anyone with symptoms or concerns they may have been exposed to COVID-19 for all non-emergency transport. A list of service providers is below. Policies will vary between vendors. Contact your provider in the event of clinic appointments which are non-essential for rescheduling options.
- SmartLink Grocery and Goods Delivery: (952) 496-8341
- Transit Link customers (new and existing) can now order groceries and household essentials online from a store that has online shopping and local pick up. Transit Link will pick your order up and deliver it to your house. Contact Customer Service to schedule your free delivery service today.
- SmartLink Transit: (952) 496-8341
- Provides door-to-door service to Carver County residents. Rides are still available, but SmartLink asks that people only schedule essential trips (especially for those with underlying health conditions). Call ahead to schedule.
- Southwest Transit: (952) 949-2287
- SW Prime offers on-demand rides for Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver, Victoria and Eden Prairie from 6:30 am-7:00 pm on weekdays. SW Prime rides are reserved for essential trips only until further notice.
- CareerForce in Chaska can help with all job-related questions.
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: Resources for restaurants and workers coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can't work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Workers Protections Related to COVID-19 summarizes employee protections and employer's legal obligations.
The Carver County Veteran Service Officers are here to ensure that all Veterans, their families and survivors receive all of the benefits and services they so well deserve for the hardships they have endured. Contact Veteran Services at (952) 442-2323 or by email.
COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Veterans
COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant
Veterans are eligible to apply for a COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant is to mitigate the negative effects and economic impact COVID-19 has had on Veterans and their families by providing a one-time financial relief grant in the amount of $1,000. Apply on the MN Department of Veterans Affairs website, or by contacting your local County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) or MDVA Field Operations Representative.
COVID-19 Special Needs Grant
The COVID-19 Special Needs Grant provides one-time financial assistance to a Veteran or surviving spouse who needs assistance due to a COVID-19-related event. Any funding awarded from this grant would go directly to a vendor or creditor of the applicant, and no money awarded goes directly to an applicant or an applicant's family member. Contact your local County Veterans Service Officer or MDVA Field Operations Representative to apply.
- Carver County is accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfectant, hand sanitizer and more. Please email if you have items to donate for essential workers.
- The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center has several ways for individuals and businesses to offer help - scroll down to "Taking Action: Five Ways You Can Help."
- Register with Minnesota Responds if you are interested in volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Donate basic necessities (bathroom tissue, soap and laundry soap) to His House Foundation - will be distributed to families living on little. Find more details on their Facebook page.
- Donate to Community Giving's Carver County Response Fund - online and mail options available.
- List from Eastern Carver County Schools