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Resource Guide: Where to find food, cash assistance and other help during coronavirus outbreak



Amid the economic uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, government agencies and other organizations are offering tangible assistance to those affected. The Armed Forces Chamber is curating this list of resources so families can access food, unemployment benefits and services during business closures and office shutdowns.


Resources:


Where to get school meals

Information is from the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) and from individual districts. The NDA is putting out updated information from school districts as sites are confirmed.

Sites and times are subject to change and will be updated as that information is made available.


Carson City School District

Meals are expected to be available beginning Tuesday, March 17 with sites open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • Empire Elementary School: 1260 Monte Rosa Dr, Carson City, NV 89701

  • Mark Twain Elementary School: 2111 Carriage Crest Dr, Carson City, NV 89706

  • Al Seeliger Elementary School: 2800 S Saliman Rd, Carson City, NV 89701

  • Carson High School: 1111 N Saliman Rd, Carson City, NV 89701


More information will be made available in the coming days.


Churchill School District

Meals are expected to be available beginning Wednesday, March 18 with sites open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sites are grab-and-go and will provide breakfast and lunch.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • Churchill County High School: 1 Greenwave Circle, Fallon, NV 89406

  • Numa Elementary School: 601 Discovery Dr, Fallon, NV 89406

  • Northside Early Learning Center: 690 South Maine Street, Fallon, NV 89406


More information will be made available in the coming days.


Clark County School District

Clark County has released a list of 28 locations where meals will continue to be provided. Food will be available between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and a school-age child must be present for the food to be distributed.


The district intends to work with rural communities to expand distribution in those areas going forward. Families can find out which site they are closest to on the CCSD Nutrislice website.


The schools where meals are provided are:

  • Basic HS: 400 Palo Verde Dr., Henderson, NV 89015

  • Boulder City HS: 1101 Fifth St., Boulder City, NV 89005

  • Canyon Springs HS: 350 E Alexander Rd., North Las Vegas, NV 89032

  • Centennial HS: 10200 Centennial Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89149

  • Chaparral HS: 3820 Annie Oakley Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89121

  • Cheyenne HS: 3200 W Alexander Rd., North Las Vegas, NV 89032

  • Cimarron-Memorial HS: 2301 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

  • Clark HS:4291 W Pennwood Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

  • Del Sol Academy: 3100 E. Patrick Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89120

  • Desert Pines HS: 3800 E Harris Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89110

  • Eldorado HS: 1139 N. Linn Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89110

  • Green Valley HS: 460 Arroyo Grande Blvd., Henderson, NV 89014

  • Hughes MS: 550 Hafen Ln., Mesquite, NV 89027

  • Indian Springs HS: 400 Sky Rd., Indian Springs, NV 89108

  • Las Vegas HS: 6500 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89142

  • Laughlin HS: 1900 Cougar Dr., Laughlin, NV 89029

  • Lyon MS: 179 S. Andersen, Overton, NV

  • Mojave HS: 5302 Goldfield St., North Las Vegas, NV 89031

  • Sandy Valley HS: 1420 E. Pearl Ave., Sandy Valley, NV 89019

  • Shadow Ridge HS: 5050 Brent Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89131

  • Sierra Vista HS: 8100 W Robindale Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113

  • Silverado HS: 1650 W Silver Hawk Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89123

  • Spring Valley HS: 3750 S Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89147

  • Sunrise Mountain HS: 2575 N. Los Feliz St., Las Vegas, NV 89156

  • Ute Perkins ES: 1255 Patriots Way, Moapa, NV 89025

  • Valley HS: 2839 S. Burnham Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89169

  • Veteran’s CTA: 2531 Vegas Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89106

  • West Prep Academy: 2050 Sapphire Stone Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106


Additionally, the following charter schools will provide meals:

  • Equipo Academy, in partnership with Three Square: 4131 E Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89110

  • Quest Academy Las Vegas: 4025 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89130


Douglas County School District

Meals are expected to be available beginning Wednesday, March 18. Grab-and-go bags with lunch and breakfast will be available between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for families with at least one child enrolled in school.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • C.C. Meneley Elementary School: 1446 Muir Dr, Gardnerville, NV 89460

  • Jacks Valley Elementary School: 701 Jacks Valley Rd, Carson City, NV 89705

  • Gardnerville Elementary School: 1290 Toler Ave, Gardnerville, NV 89410

  • Carson Valley Elementary School: 1477 U.S. Hwy 395 N, Gardnerville, NV 89410

  • Pa-Wa-Lu Middle School: 701 Long Valley Rd, Gardnerville, NV 89460

  • Aspire Academy High School: 1680 Bently Pkwy S, Minden, NV 89423


More information will be made available in the coming days.


Elko County School District

Meals are expected to be available beginning Wednesday, March 18.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • Southside Elementary School: 501 S 9th St, Elko, NV 89801

  • West Wendover High School: 2055 Elko Ave, West Wendover, NV 89883

  • Jackpot Combined School:2201 Progressive Dr, Jackpot, NV 89825

  • Owyhee Combined School: 100 Academic Way, Owyhee, NV 89832


More information will be made available in the coming days.


Esmeralda County School District

Information not yet released


Eureka County School District

Information not yet released


Humboldt County School District

Humboldt County and NDA have reported slightly different sites for meal distribution.

According to Humboldt County, meals will be available beginning Tuesday, March 17 for all students ages 18 and younger. Families will be able to pick up lunch and breakfast for the following day between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. every school day until March 27.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • Grass Valley Elementary School: 6465 Grass Valley Rd, Winnemucca, NV 89445

  • Lowry High School: 5375 Kluncy Canyon Rd, Winnemucca, NV 89445

  • Winnemucca Grammar School: 522 Lay St, Winnemucca, NV 89445


Additionally, meals will be provided at:

  • Dutchman Acres Fire House

  • Golconda Firehouse

  • Dirt lot next to the Maverick across from the Post Office

  • McDermitt Elementary Schoo

  • lParadise Ranchos (95)Pioneer Park

  • Sawtooth in Orovada


The NDA has reported that meals will be provided at:

  • Grass Valley Elementary School: 6465 Grass Valley Rd, Winnemucca, NV 89445

  • Winnemucca Grammar School: 522 Lay St, Winnemucca, NV 89445

  • Sonoma High School: 1500 Melarkey St, Winnemucca, NV 89445

  • French Ford Middle School: 5495 Palisade Dr, Winnemucca, NV 89445

  • McDermitt Combined School: McDermitt, NV 89421


Lander County School District

Drive-thru meals are expected to be available beginning Tuesday, March 17.


Families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at

  • Battle Mountain Elementary School, 650 Altenburg Ave, Battle Mountain, NV 89820.


Lincoln County School District

Meals are expected to be available beginning Tuesday, March 17.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • Caliente Elementary School: 289 Lincoln St, Caliente, NV 89008

  • Pahranagat Valley Middle School: 151 S Main St, Alamo, NV 89001


Lyon County School District

In order to maintain social distancing and prevent congregating, Lyon County is delivering meals via the bus route.


Bus delivery schedules:


Mineral County School District

Dates and times have not yet been confirmed, but these schools will be providing meals:

  • Hawthorne Elementary School: 901 9th St, Hawthorne, NV 89415

  • Schurz Elementary School (With possible delivery to Luning and Mina): 4045 US-95, Schurz, NV 89427


Nye County School District

Walk-up meals are expected to be available beginning Wednesday, March 18.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • Gabbs Elementary School: 511 E Ave, Gabbs, NV 89409

  • Round Mountain Schools: 59 Hadley Circle, Round Mountain, NV 89045

  • Tonopah Elementary School: 1220 Idaho Cir, Tonopah, NV 89049


In order to maintain social distancing and prevent congregating, Nye County also intends to utilize the school district’s transportation department to deliver food along the bus route.

More information, including estimated times/locations, coming Wednesday.


Pershing County School District

Meals are expected to be available beginning Wednesday, March 18. The breakfast and lunch combo will be available at no cost, but parents will not be able to pick up food without their child present. Meals will be provided Monday through Thursday.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • Pershing County Middle School: 1295 Elmhurst Ave, Lovelock, NV 89419, 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

  • Rye Patch Firehouse parking lot: Old Victory Hwy, Lovelock, NV 89419, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Imlay Elementary School parking lot: 380 Main St, Imlay, NV 89418, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Storey County School District

Information not yet released


Washoe County School District

Meals are expected to be available beginning Tuesday, March 17 in partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.


The schools where meals will be provided are:

  • Lois Allen Elementary School: 5155 Mc Guffey Rd, Sun Valley, NV 89433, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

  • Alice Smith Elementary School: 1070 Beckwourth Dr, Reno, NV 89506, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

  • Libby Booth Elementary School: 1450 Stewart St, Reno, NV 89502, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

  • Rita Cannan Elementary School: 2450 Cannan St, Reno, NV 89512, 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.

  • Glenn Duncan STEM Academy: 1200 Montello St, Reno, NV 89512, 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.

  • Greenbrae Elementary School: 1840 4th St, Sparks, NV 89431, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

  • Echo Loder Elementary School: 600 Apple St, Reno, NV 89502, 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.

  • Stead Elementary School: 10580 Stead Blvd, Reno, NV 89506, 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.

  • Sun Valley Elementary School: 5490 Leon Dr, Sun Valley, NV 89433, 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.


Additionally, meals will be provided at these locations:

  • Evelyn Mount Community Center: 1301 Valley Road, Reno, NV, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

  • Donald L. Carano Youth & Teen Facility: 1090 Bresson Avenue, Reno, NV

  • The Club at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility: 2680 E. Ninth St, Reno, NV

  • Joe Mitchell Community Center (Lemmon Valley): 325 Patrician Way, Reno, NV

  • Neil Road Youth Site: 3905 Neil Road, Reno, NV


White Pine County School District

All students in White Pine County are able to pick up free lunch and breakfast for the following day at one of seven locations. Families in rural areas who cannot access these sites can call the district office at (775) 289-4851 to set up delivery.


The sites and times where meals are provided are:

  • Cherry Creek: Normal bus stop, 11:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

  • Lages Station: Gas station, 12:30 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.

  • McGill Elementary School: 25 Avenue F, McGill, NV 89318, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

  • Baker Elementary School: 120 Main St, Baker, NV 89311, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

  • Lund Elementary School: 301 E 2nd, Lund, NV 89317, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

  • Ruth Community Center: 20-28 Main St, Ruth, NV 89319, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • White Pine High School: 1800 Bobcat Dr, Ely, NV 89301, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.


Additional food and senior services

In addition to school meal sites, Three Square Food Bank has set up 43 emergency food distribution sites across Southern Nevada. Three Square has temporarily suspended normal food distribution to any agency partners that are not on the emergency distribution list.

The non-profit also has services available for seniors. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, anyone in Southern Nevada over the age of 60 can speak to an advocate at (702) 765-4030 to help determine what services are available to help them access food.

Smith’s food and drug stores are also offering special shopping hours for seniors. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., stores will be open only to seniors, allowing them to avoid busier shopping times. Additionally, Smith’s is waiving the pick-up fee for curbside pickup online orders for customers who are over 60 years of age. The fee waiver will last through April 18, 2020. Smith’s will continue its temporary store hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for all other customers until further notice and are evaluating the option of extending pharmacy hours for seniors.


These stores are also offering accommodations to seniors:

  • Target: Senior hour Wednesdays,  8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.

  • Dollar General: Senior hour every day, 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.

  • Whole Foods: Senior hour every day, 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.


Online filing for welfare services

Nevadans may apply for welfare services through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Welfare and Supportive Services which provides food assistance (SNAP and WIC) cash assistance (TANF), medical and child care assistance through Access Nevada or by calling (702) 486-1646 for Southern Nevada offices; (775) 684-7200 for Northern Nevada offices to be connected with a representative. Automated voice instructions are provided in both English and Spanish.


Those who can access a computer and the internet may apply through the department’s Access Nevada portal, which has English and Spanish modes and downloadable guides on how to use the online portal in both languages.


After providing basic identifying information, the applicant can indicate whether they speak English. If they select “no,” the system will ask whether they need an interpreter and provide 13 language options as well as “other.”


If the applicant would like to add someone 18 years of age or older to apply for benefits or act on their behalf, they have the option to add an authorized representative.


The portal allows the user to check which services they qualify for, by entering information about their household:


Type of housing (homeless, public, subsidized, etc.) Rent or mortgage and child care expenses


Combined total income and resources including vehicles, insurance, retirement, property and other assets


Age of household members and whether they are disabled or pregnant


Citizenship status

Based on the information provided, a matrix will come up telling the user which programs each household member qualifies for: cash, medical, food, WIC or child care. The user will then be redirected to a page that invites them to check the boxes of programs they want to apply for and begin their applications, which also can be submitted through the portal.

Applications can be saved if the applicant cannot complete it in one sitting. The Access Nevada portal also allows the user to communicate with the Department of Welfare and Social Services with messaging and a To-Do list.


Public benefits for non-citizens

Ineligible non-citizens who do not meet citizenship eligibility criteria may qualify for some limited Medicaid coverage. These applicants must meet all other eligibility requirements except for citizenship. Non-citizens are ineligible for all other benefits.


Applicants are required to provide information about the citizenship or immigration status for all persons who are applying for assistance. Qualified non-citizen status is verified with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for eligibility purposes. Information on non-applicants or non-citizens will not be shared with USCIS.


Failure to provide citizenship or immigration status information will render the individual applicant ineligible for benefits. Other family or household members may still receive benefits if they are otherwise eligible.


Free dental care for children whose parents have been laid off

Dr. Steven DeLisle, a pediatric dentist in Las Vegas, said that Children’s Dentistry of Las Vegas is now offering free dental care for Southern Nevada children whose parents have been laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Children’s Dentistry has nine offices spread throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Pahrump.


DeLisle said that parents wishing to schedule services should call (702) 99-TOOTH (998-6684) to be routed to the closest office to their home.


Online filing for unemployment benefits

Nevadans can file unemployment insurance claims online 24 hours a day.

There are online video tutorials available in English and in Spanish to help users create accounts and begin filing claims.


Additionally, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) have extended the hour of their unemployment lines to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.


These lines can be reached at:

  • Northern Nevada: (775) 684-0350

  • Southern Nevada: (702) 486-0350

  • Rural Nevada: (888) 890-8211


DETR has emphasized that these extended hours are solely for unemployment lines, and their JobConnect offices will be operating with normal business hours.

“We are actively preparing our system and staffing levels so we can meet the recent increased UI demand,” said Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner, director of DETR. “We will continue to monitor, evaluate and revise our systems and staffing as the need arises.”


Online DMV

Starting on Monday, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) offices in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno will serve only customers with appointments. All driving tests are cancelled statewide including appointments.


Customers are encouraged to transact business online, via kiosks, and without visiting an office if possible. The department advises accompanying family members to stay at home to not crowd lobbies and waiting rooms.


The number of customers allowed into rural offices will be limited as well, according to a statement published on the department’s Facebook page on Sunday. The department’s website said that customers should not drive to rural offices to seek services.

A list of common transactions that can be performed without visiting a DMV office:

Address Change

Vehicle Registration Renewal

Original Registration (vehicles purchased from a Nevada dealer)

Movement Permit (vehicles with an existing Nevada registration)

Personalized License Plate Order

Handicapped Placard

Duplicate Registration or License Plate Decal | Duplicate Title

Duplicate Driver License, Permit or ID

Driver History Printout

Insurance Verification Response and Registration Reinstatement


The statement published on Sunday said that the DMV will be adding appointments to enable staff to serve the same volume of in-person customers — approximately 1,100 customers per day at the department’s Las Vegas and Reno offices. Appointments are booked through dmvnv.com.


The statement said that the following services would not be affected by these COVID-19 precautions:

  • Dealerships, Fleets, Registration Services and Occupational and Business Licensing

  • Emissions Labs

  • Administrative Hearings

  • Services at the Commercial Driver Licensing/Motor Carrier offices in Sparks and on Donovan Way in Las Vegas.

(These offices remain limited to Commercial Drivers License and Motor Carrier transactions only.)


Special enrollment period open for insurance through state health insurance exchange

Nevadans will be able to enroll in health insurance plans through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange between March 17 and April 15 as part of a limited exceptional circumstance special enrollment period.


Those seeking to enroll are encouraged to contact the exchange’s customer service center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (800) 547-2927. The call center is also extending its hours on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from March 21 through April 15, except Easter Sunday.


The exchange is also reminding people that there are other qualifying life events that allow someone to enroll in insurance through the state’s exchange — including marriage, birth of a child, moving, loss of health insurance or Medicaid denial — outside of the special enrollment period.


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