Coronavirus COVID-19

Resources and Updates

Program Updates

​MCH Early Head Start: MCH EHS centers will be closed for childcare until further notice; however, education, health and family services will continue through contacts with your teacher or family service advocate. Please follow our Facebook page for updates. 

MCH Women in Construction: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Women in Construction is now hosting virtual info sessions online! Pre-register for a spot today! www.moorecommunityhouse.org/winc-registration. Please follow our Facebook page for updates. 

Local Resources and Information

We will be updating this page with local resources for families facing uncertainty during this time. Please call to confirm opening hours as changes can occur frequently. Updated 5/10/20. Updated information is in red

  • Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has extended the  "Safer at Home" order for another two weeks, until 8:00 AM on Monday, May 25.

  • MSDH recommends that all Mississippi residents wear locally produced (non-medical grade masks) or homemade cloth masks when leaving the home to perform essential functions such as grocery shopping or filling prescriptions. This DOES NOT include manufactured (surgical) or N95 masks, which should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders. This additional safety measure is especially important in areas where proper social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores or other areas where essential supplies are obtained.

  • MSDH recommends that all Mississippi residents wear locally produced (non-medical grade masks) or homemade cloth masks when leaving the home to perform essential functions such as grocery shopping or filling prescriptions.

 

  • The health department has a list of local medical providers who are making COVID-19 testing available statewide.

  • County health departments will remain open, but anyone with fever and a cough or difficulty breathing should not come inside and should instead call their primary healthcare provider for further instruction, the health department saysThe distribution centers for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will remain open but will be limiting visits to two clients at a time inside the warehouse.

  • Coastal Family Health Center: If you or someone you know is experiencing mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, or if you have recently been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, please call Coastal Family Health at 877-374-4991 to speak with one of their healthcare professionals before coming to one of their clinics. They may have a longer than normal hold time due to the high volume of calls. Patients may also send messages directly to their provider or nurse using the patient portal. More info here: https://coastalfamilyhealth.org/covid-19/ and https://www.facebook.com/CoastalFamilyHealth/

  • Singing River Health System in Jackson County is asking anyone who feels ill or is concerned they may have COVID-19 to call the SRHS Hotline at 228-809-5044 to be screened over the phone by a licensed medical provider before visiting any of SRHS facilities.

  • Memorial Hospital's Coronavirus Hotline is 228-867-5000 and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. Check their website for a list of dedicated sites for those individuals exhibiting symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and fever.

  • Merit Health Biloxi Coronavirus information page: https://www.merithealthbiloxi.com/covid-19

 

Daytime Feeding Programs for Children:

  • The Salvation Army Kroc Center (575 Division Street, Biloxi) will be serving grab & go lunches for kids Mon-Fri from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.  Additional Salvation Army programs in response to COVID-19 include: 

    • Serving Harrison, Hancock, Stone and Pearl River Counties: Outreach, 2019 22nd Street, in Gulfport:  Food Bags by Appointment over the phone and placed in the car trunk. Monday – Thursday – 9 AM – 3 PM; Friday, 9 to noon.  Call: 228-374-8301

    • Senior Lunch delivery in the East Biloxi area. Call Lt. Sonya Smith at 228-234-7478 to schedule, while supplies last.  

  • Four locations of the Boys & Girls Club are serving an afternoon snack and dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm to 6pm: IP Center at North Bay, Forest Heights Unit, Qatar Center in Pass Christian and Hancock County Unit. Kids must be present but you do not have to be a member to receive a meal. https://www.facebook.com/BGCGulfCoast/​

  • Biloxi School District is providing free lunches to children 18 years and under on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting April 20. Pickup locations: Gorenflo Elementary, North Bay Elementary, Popp's Ferry Elementary. Pickup times: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/BiloxiPublicSchools/  

  • Gulfport School District: Grab and Go Meals may be picked up outside the buildings in designated locations at Gulfport Central Middle School, Central Elementary School, Gulfport High School and Pass Road Elementary School, beginning at 8 am for breakfast and 12 noon for lunch on week days. Service will be FREE to all children 18 years of age and younger. Children must be present to receive a meal, per federal regulations. Buses will deliver throughout neighborhoods in the Gulfport School District much like the Salvation Army does after a hurricane. SO, watch for the yellow First Student buses! Check their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/gulfportschools/

  • Harrison County School District will be providing free, drive-thru Grab and Go meals. The meals will be available to ALL children ages 18 and younger. According to USDA guidelines, children must be present to receive a meal. They do not have to be a HCSD student, and no ID is required. The meals will be provided weekdays at the following school locations from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
    More information here: https://www.facebook.com/HarrisonCountySchoolsMS/

    • Crossroads Elementary

    • D'Iberville Middle School

    • Harrison Central Elementary

    • North Gulfport Middle School

    • Pineville Elementary

    • Three Rivers Elementary

    • West Harrison High

    • West Wortham Elementary/Middle School

    • Woolmarket Elementary

  • Hancock County School District is offering free grab-n-go lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays. Lunches may be picked up at South Hancock Elementary and Hancock North Central Elementary  between 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Children must be present in the vehicle to receive a meal and do not need to be a HCSD student.  More information here: https://www.hancockschools.net/coronavirus-statement/

  • Jackson County School District will be serving free drive-thru GRAB AND GO meals  to ALL children 18 and under.  Children DO NOT have to be a JCSD student. No ID is required. Per Federal regulations, children must be present to claim their meal. Meals will be distributed from Monday-Friday from 10:30am-12:30pm via car rider and/or bus line at the following pick up sites: East Central Middle School, St. Martin High School and Vancleave Middle School. Meals will be sold to adults for $3.  In efforts to prevent the spread of germs, money will not exchange hands so exact change is required.  More information here: https://www.jcsd.ms/

  • Long Beach School District: Free meals to all children 18 years and younger will be provided via the drive thru on the west side of Quarles Elementary from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Adult lunch will be sold for $3 (exact amount required). Children must be present to receive the meals, as per federal regulations. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/longbeachschools.mississippi/

  • Moss Point School District is offering lunch pickup at all schools from 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/MPSDTIGERS/

  • Pass Christian School District will be serving drive-thru grab & go meals. All children 18 and under eat free. Children do not have to be a PCPSD student to receive meals. No ID is required, but per federal regulations, children must be present to receive their meals. Meals will be distributed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. via car rider line at DeLisle Elementary and gym parking lot at Pass Christian Elementary/Middle School. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/passpiratepride/

  • Ocean Springs: Grab and Go Lunch Program from April 20 to May 22. Lunches will be available Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All children, 18 years old and  under, will receive a Grab and Go Lunch for free. Pickup is at Ocean Springs Middle School (3600 Hanshaw Road). Children must be present in vehicle to claim their lunch: https://www.ossdms.org/apps/pages/OSSDHealthAlerts

Food Pantries:

  • Feeding the Gulf Coast has a website listing local food pantries. Please call the local pantry to confirm hours: https://www.feedingthegulfcoast.org/find-help/find-a-pantry/results?address=39530&near=10

    • Feeding the Gulf Coast can be reached at (888) 704-FOOD if you need assistance or have questions, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm.

  • Twelve Baskets Food Bank can also connect Gulf Coast residents to the food pantry closest to you. Call them at 228-822-0836 between 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday to Thursday for information.

  • The Salvation Army is offering food bags by appointment. 

    • Serving Harrison, Hancock, Stone and Pearl River Counties: Outreach, 2019 22nd Street, in Gulfport:  Food Bags by Appointment over the phone and placed in the car trunk. Monday – Thursday – 9 AM – 3 PM; Friday, 9 to noon.  Call: 228-374-8301

    • Serving Jackson County:  Social Service Center, 3217 Nathan Hale Av., Pascagoula, MS:  Food Bags by appointment over the phone and placed in the car trunk.   Monday – Thursday 9 to 3 PM.  Call: 228-762-7222

    • Serving George County: Lucedale Family Service Center, 53 Virginia St. Suite A, Lucedale, MS:  Food Bags by appointment over the phone and placed in the car trunk.  Monday – Friday 9 to 3 PM.  Call: 601-766-3577

Biloxi food resources:

  • Seashore Mission (856 Division Street, Biloxi) is open on Mondays, serving meals from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you need food pantry assistance, please ask for Rev. Elijah Mitchell, Sassy or Melvin.

  • Back Bay Mission: The Food Pantry will be open Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00am to 11:30am. Utility calls only on Thursday, 9:00am to 11:30am. Please check their Facebook page and website for updates and details, or call 228-432-0301. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BackBayMission/

  • Cedar Lake Christian Assembly has a food pantry (clothes also available) on Monday from 9am-12pm. 11555 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. (228) 392-6279

  • Pentecostals of the Gulf Coast has a food pantry Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They are located at 1907 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532.

Other resources and updates:

Wireless/Internet Access:

  • A statewide map of libraries, private internet providers and extension office locations with free WiFi (map compiled by the Mississippi University for Women): Mississippi Parking Lot Wifi Access Map

  • Sparklight, formerly known as Cable One, is extending through June 30, 2020, a low-cost 15 Mbps residential internet plan for $10 per month to help low-income families and those impacted from coronavirus challenges, such as seniors and college students. It has also  opened hot spots with wireless internet available to the public at these locations: 12261 Hwy 49, Suite 8 in Gulfport; 19201 Pineville Road in Long Beach; 5100 MacPhelah Road in Pascagoula.​

  • Cspire provides complimentary pop-up WiFi for students: http://blog.cspire.com/corporate/c-spire-provides-complimentary-wifi-for-students-in-select-parking-areas

  • Access from AT&T for eligible limited-income households: In response to the public health crisis, the program is offering two months of free service to new customers who order Access by May 23, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed; expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start; and waiving all home internet data overage fees. https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/#!/

 

Utility Assistance: 

  • Mississippi Power's Project SHARE program supports families and small businesses with a demonstrated financial need to help pay their electric bill. Call Catholic Charities at 855-847-0555 to see how Mississippi Power can help.

  • ​Coast Electric Power Association: Visit www.coastepa.com/my-community for details about how you can receive assistance. ​

If you see any information that needs to be added or updated, please email eburnett@moorecommunityhouse.org.

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