COVID-19 Resources

Below is a list of local resources in the West Michigan area available to help in this time of need. Check out this map of locations MAP the state has enacted to provide locations where kids can receive meals.

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Metro Health

has an online CoVid-19 screening tool

Allendale Public Schools



Battle Creek Public schools



Byron Center Public Schools


Byron Center High School bus loop for pickup. Additional locations on the webpage.


Caledonia Community Schools

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Duncan Lake Middle (behind school at food service & shipping doors).

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Cedar Springs Public School District is taking requests for meals.

Central Montcalm Public Schools


Check website as updates are made to the plan.

Comstock Park Public Schools

Visit page for free meal pick-up for kids 18 and under.

Coopersville Public Schools



Cross Creek Charter Academy

Contact your school leader for specifics on the food pick up location on your school’s campus.

East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Arrangements underway for district families in need of assistance. Staff is also partnering with neighboring districts on food distribution. Families are asked to contact their building principal for assistance.

Forest Hills Public Schools



Godfrey Lee Public Schools

Visit webpage for weekly updates.

Godwin Heights Public Schools

Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at North Godwin Elementary.

Grand Haven



Grand Rapids Public Schools


As a result of changes due to stay at home orders, GRPS is now offering a total of six grab and go meal sites, including the addition of one new location on the Northeast side at City High Middle School.
All six grab and go meal sites will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only from 11:30am to 12:30pm. The updated locations are as follows: City High Middle School (1720 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505) Hope Academy (240 Brown St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507) New Faith Temple (1701 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507) Ottawa Hills High School (2055 Rosewood Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506) San Juan Diego Academy (1650 Godfrey Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509) Sibley Elementary (943 Sibley St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
As a reminder, the meals will be a breakfast/lunch combo and are available for all students 18 years of age and younger. This includes students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active individual education program (IEP). The meals are not limited to GRPS students.

Grandville Public Schools

Varies Wednesday, Friday Mar 18 and 20, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Grandville Middle, curbside. Monday, Wednesday, Friday Mar. 23, 25, 27, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Grandville Middle, curbside. Monday, Wednesday Mar. 30, Apr. 1, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Grandville Middle, curbside.

Hamilton



Holland Public Schools


Will be providing food delivery on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at Lincoln Estates, Willow Park, Meadowlanes, Crown Pointe and several other area churches to cover our school district. Food picked up on Monday/Wednesday will be for 2 days. Friday pick up will cover the weekend. Food can be picked up between 9:00-11:00 a.m. A parent may pick up meals for children in their home 18 and under. Students do not have to attend with their parents. We welcome any family in our community to participate.

Hudsonville Public Schools



Jenison

Monday and Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 at Bauerwood, Bursley and Sandy Hill elementary schools and Jenison High School. Breakfasts and Lunches will be provided for Monday and Tuesday at the Monday pick-up times and breakfasts, luches and dinners will be provided for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Wednesday pick-up times.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Instituting a variation of its Summer Feeding Program. Chartwells, which provides KPS food service, is coordinating with state regulators to establish a plan.

Kelloggsville Public Schools

Visit webpage for continued updates.

Kenowa Hills Public Schools

Visit webpage regularly for updates.

Kent City Community Schools

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at elementary atrium and bus drop off areas.

Kentwood Public Schools

Tuesday, Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in cafeterias at Glenwood Elementary, Crestwood Middle, Valleywood Middle, Freshman Campus.

Lowell Area Schools

Tuesday, Friday 11 a.m – 12 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Alto Elementary and at Impact Church.

Muskegon Public Schools


Visit website as we are updating our distribution plans.

Northview Public Schools

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Northview High School.

Rockford Public Schools

Currently, families are asked to contact their principal for assistance.

Saranac Public School School

Info on Updates and Lunch

Saugatuck Public Schools



Sparta Area Schools

Visit website for updates to school lunch program.

Spring Lake Schools



Thornapple Kellogg Schools

Monday, Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School, curbside, use service drive to reach loading dock

West Ottawa



Wyoming Public Schools

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at West Elementary, Wyoming Junior High

Zeeland Public Schools

Visit webpage for updates.

If you can provide help or education assistance ...



Area medical groups are in need of supplies. Here's a link to what type of supplies are needed and drop off locations.

Spectrum Health Donations




Versiti Blood Center of Michigan


Remains open - click on

Versiti

to find hours and schedule donation


Hospice of Holland

is asking for help with sewing for masks and gowns. You can learn more at Hospice of Holland

Kent County Community Action

Check website for any further events.

Feeding America West Michigan

Will provide Mobile Pantries for those facing unemployment due to COVID-19
Feeding America West Michigan is adding Mobile Pantries to its existing schedule in an effort to supply food for neighbors experiencing unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each food distribution will provide more than 6,000 meals worth of food to attendees at no cost to them.
Location: Ada Bible Church (1640 East Paris Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546) Ongoing dates: Every other Thursday Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Grandville Church of Christ (3725 44th St SW, Grandville, MI 49418) Ongoing dates: Every other Friday Time: 5 p.m.
Check the Facebook page for future dates and locations.

Fenville Public Schools

has needs for volunteers to help with meals in high risk areas.

Grand Rapids Public School Resources

For a comprehensive list of optional online enrichment resources. Resources are organized by grade level and content area. Contact the district if you need assistance accessing materials or technology; or other academic related questions, or call (616) 301-1111.

Ottawa County Cares

Ottawa County residents wishing to assist will be connected to a variety of opportunities to make an impact: volunteering, donating goods or making a financial gift. The hub was developed by a community coalition including the Greater Ottawa County United Way, The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance, Community Spoke and The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.

Southridge Church in Kalamazoo

The church is collecting supplies and needed food items for distribution to residents in the Kalamazoo area. You can drop off needed items at the church. Distribution starts March 20. For more information visit Southridge Church webpage.

Other options


Some suggestions on providing help directly within your church or local community.



Adopt a “buddy". Identify & connect with high-risk individuals like the elderly, those who live alone, or those without vehicles (Call to check in on them, offer to do any shopping they might need, etc.)



Give blood, if you can.
Coronavirus has not been shown to be transmitted through blood transfusion. To find the donation center or blood drive closet to you, visit https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html read the latest Red Cross guidance for donating blood during the coronavirus pandemic.



Donate money, food or time to local food banks & non-profits like Hand2Hand, FeedingAmerical West Michigan, Meals On Wheels West Michigan, Kent County United Way Coronavirus Relief Fund



Support local businesses by utilizing drive thru and take out services & buying gift cards to be used in the future



Help pay for or set up technology for those who can’t leave home. Technology can go a long way to easing the loneliness of being stuck at home to avoid coronavirus exposure. But not everyone is equally comfortable setting up technologies such as smartphone and tablet apps, video chat, streaming video entertainment, or telemedicine visits with doctors or other health providers.



If you’re technologically savvy, offer to help a neighbor, friend or relative get set up, and act as their “tech support” hotline. Your local library may have a lot of online services, including videos, audiobooks and more, that they offer for free to anyone with a library card. If you offer to help someone set up an electronic connection to their doctor’s office or hospital, they can grant you “proxy” access to help them navigate. But they may need to fill out a form to allow you to have this access. Additional technology access options here:Access


A Positive Reminder of How We As Christians May Respond

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* If you know of a resource not included on this list please email [email protected] or submit through the contact form here

MISC. INFORMATION

– (Mlive) – There is help for West Michigan businesses and workers.  A coalition of business associations and local governments announced the launch of a website that provides information to West Michigan businesses and workers who have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.     The website, covidwm.org, was created by the West Michigan COVID-19 Business Coalition.

-(Mlive) – Michigan seniors can get free meal delivery, daily wellness checks during the coronavirus outbreak.  Residents 60 and older are eligible for home-delivery or pick-up meals during the outbreak. Fill out the form here. Seniors can also request a daily wellness-check phone calls.

-The West Michigan Salvation Army is offering a variety of services and ways you can help.  They also are now providing a Compassion Hotline for those who want to talk to someone or provide prayer and encouragement.  The hotline will be available from 9am – 9pm at  616-742-9199.

-The Grand Awakening is partnering with others to call people to pray. They are looking for prayer warriors to join in 24/7 prayer from April 7 to May 7.  You can sign up to pray and also learn more about the importance of prayer at: westmicovid-19prayer.org.

-West Michigan Works! says local jobs are available.  More information at : westmiworks.org.

-Those struggling with mental and behavior health and fear, or substance abuse can get help.  Network 180 (616)-336-3909 ,  Forest View (800) 949-8439 , Pine Rest (800)678-5500 or (616) 455-9200.

-The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has a hotline for residents to contact for mental health support.  Texting “RESTORE” to 741741 will launch a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ “Stay Home, Stay Well” initiative. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help residents coping with any mental health crisis, including anxiety, financial stress, suicidal thoughts and domestic violence.

-Care Resources, and the PACE Program has information for those with loved ones dealing with Alzheimer or Dementia. 616-913-2006.

-Stimulus checks are not going to everyone automatically. If you have questions to see if you need to file additional information, contact: irs.gov/freefile or for other help and resources  contact: nmcaa.net and the Michigan Community Action Agency.

 Thanks to the generous and ongoing donations of handmade face masks from people throughout West Michigan, Spectrum Health will begin distributing the masks to those in the community who most need them. “We encourage those who are able, to please continue making and donating masks. This will help us to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 by providing the reusable masks to the people within our communities in greatest need.” A video with instructions on how to sew the preferred design is available here.  Spectrum Health will collect the homemade masks at its designated drop-off sites and expresses its thanks to those who have stepped up to create them. Organizations interested in receiving a supply of masks should email a request to [email protected].

-The Kent County Health Dept. is providing “back-to-work safely” resources and information for employers.   accesskent.com.

-Grandville Avenue Arts & Hamanities  (GAAH) is offering meals to families in need this summer and also offering programs for students in grades K-12.

The organization is offering a 3-week summer program to curb learning loss this summer while providing food to those who are food insecure during the summer. Activities includes outdoor and nature games, music activities and a reading program that comes with incentives.

Food is being distributed now through July 24 from 12:30pm-1:30pm five days a week.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Cook Library Center – 1100 Grandville Ave. SW
Tuesday and Thursday at the Cook Arts Center – 644 Grandville Ave. SW

For more information, click here.