Community resources to help navigate through times of COVID19.

Our community is pulling together resources to assist individuals and businesses in preparing for COVID19. 

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Latest News and Resources

Housing Task Force Hires Lawyer on Retainer

Housing Task Force Hires Lawyer on Retainer

The Housing Task Force has continued to meet weekly discussing basic housing needs. The group works to find community supports for individuals and also has access to flex funds from Buffalo County Community Response to help with these basic housing needs. During the...

Community Laptop Recycle Drive

Community Laptop Recycle Drive

The Buffalo County Community Response Team is collaborating with Motherboard, a technology company out of Omaha, to host a laptop recycle drive. The drive will be held in the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot, 1007 2nd Ave, September 8th from 11 am -1 pm....

Physical Wellness

Covid-19 Testing

Two Rivers Public Health Department is providing Covid-19 testing at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. The schedule is on their website:

You may also call your local pharmacy, family doctor, or urgent care for information and to schedule a test. If you are having difficulty finding a testing location, need special accommodations, or have additional questions, please call your local health department.

Hy-Vee Pharmacy:


State Resources

State Hotline for COVID-19 Information: (402) 552-6645
8AM – 8PM CST – 7 Days a Week

Nebraska Health and Human Services: Find health directives and info for Nebraskans:

Statewide COVID-19 Resources: Ne Children and Families Foundation


Health Care Resources

  • CHI Coronavirus online resource/hotline:
  • Kearney Regional
  • NE Children’s Physicians Clinic – Kearney
    • Address: 211 W 33rd Street, Kearney, NE 68845
    • Phone: 308-234-5613
  • NE Total Care (managed care contractor for Medicaid), community and medical resource for their clients. Contact for information on rewards or benefits
  • Wellcare Nebraska (managed care contractor for Medicaid), community and medical resource for their clients. Contact for information on rewards or benefits

Mental Wellness

We know that recent events has created an unease about the future. Click the following link to find local resources: Click here

For Parents 

School Resources: 

We encourage parents to check their childrens local school website for updated guidelines and restrictions for reopening:

Kearney Public Schools:

Shelton Public Schools:

Gibbon Public Schools:

Amherst Public Schools:

Pleasanton Public Schools:

Ravenna Public Schools:

Elm Creek Public Schools:

Education Resources

Mask Picture Book For Young Children: Click here for book. Help young children understand why people are wearing masks.

Supporting Your Child as they get ready to go to school: Click here for resources

Social Emotional Learning Resources: During these stressful times for students, families, and educators Second Step has put together a list of resources you can use to help young people learn the social-emotional skills they need to get through these challenging events: Click Here to view resource list

Click Here For: How to Support Your Child Through COVID-19

Free Audible For Kids

Audible by Amazon is offering kid stories for FREE to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet for as long as schools are closed:

Free Internet Access

The city has designated places with free wireless connection. The Kearney public library is also reopening which has access to internet and devices. Click here to find info

Free Online Education Resources

Check this website for a list of free online learning resources for children:

Virtual Museum Tours

12 famous museums are offering virtual tours for free:

Kearney Public School Family Resoures

Free Education Websites for Kids Pre K – 6 grade

Click Link for Free Educational Websites


Helping Hands: Faith in Action
Collaborative of faith volunteers coming together to bring hope to homebound.
Persons of faith communities are encouraged to enroll to be a volunteer at  Volunteers will be connected to a homebound individual or family to serve for more than one encounter.  A volunteer may be physically distant but socially engaged with homebound person(s) during this time of COVID19 Direct Health Measures. Through the assistance of South Central Area Agency on Aging and faith communities of Buffalo County  this program will be anchored to support home bound needs. Donations to support the costs of individual homebound needs are being accepted at Buffalo County Community Partners, PO Box 1466, Kearney, NE 68848.  Write ‘helping hands’ in the memo to ensure funds will be directed for homebound needs, like groceries, personal hygiene supplies or other basic needs.  Donations are also accepted at   This collaborative will work with existing community programs to ensure services are not duplicated and donations to Helping Hands will be used when no other funding in the community is available to support a homebound person’s needs. Homebound residents who are needing meals, groceries or other basic supplies delivered to your front door, call Erin at (308) 234-1851 to be connected with a Helping Hand volunteer.
Salvation Army Kearney NE
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help with food box distribution and work in the thrift store.
Contact: 308-234-9998 for any questions.
New Life Church Door Delivery 
Mon-Thurs 8:30 – 12:30pm
People can call the church office or complete the form at
Call: 308-234-1881 for more information on this volunteer opportunity.

Financial Supports

  • Short Time Compensation, program helps prevent layoffs by allowing employers to uniformly reduce affected employees’ hours by 10 to 60 percent while permitting the employees to receive a prorated unemployment benefit: Please see the government website for updated information:
  • Small Business Admin: Small business less than 500 employees can apply for a payroll protection loan:
  • Unemployment Insurance: You can access the site through your computer or mobile device, or download the NEworks App. For Unemployment Insurance questions you can email and include your contact information. A chat function is also available on NEworks site.
  • Free Legal Help For Nebraskas: Nebraskans who have questions or are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency now have an easy way to get legal advice and help. Callers will be connected to the Hotline voicemail. Callers should leave their name, phone number, brief details of the problem and the assistance needed, and in what county they are located. Callers will receive a call back from experienced Legal Aid staff.


Food. Transportation. Housing


Local Pantry and other Food Updates

Food Pantries in Kearney

Food Resource

East Lawn Ministries

Contact: Pete Ludowese, Manager (308) 293-0100

Hours: 4pm – 6pm, Tuesday-Thursday

Address: East Lawn Trailer Court-2900 Grand Avenue #342 Kearney NE, 68847

Services: Offers help with food and clothing


Food Resource

Faith United Methodist Church Pantry

Contact: (308) 237-2550

Hours: Call to set up an appointment to receive food assistance

Address: 1623 Central Avenue Kearney NE 68847

Services:  Offers emergency food bags


Food Resource

Helping Hands Ministry

Contact: Mary Lyons, Program Director (308) 627-4859

Hours: 2pm-4pm 2nd Sunday of each month. If food is needed during rest of the month, please call

Address: 1724 1st Avenue, Kearney NE 68847

Services: Food pantry available for those requiring emergency food assistance


Food Resource

Hope Evangelical Free Church

Contact: (308) 234-4673
Hours: 9am –5pm Monday – FridayAddress: 907 C Avenue Kearney NE 68847Services: Offers emergency food assistanceEligibility: Open for attendees of Hope church

Food Resource

Kearney- Community Action Partnership

Contact: (308) 865-5675

Hours: 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, Closed Saturday and Sunday

Address: 16 West 11th Street Kearney NE 68847

Services: Provide emergency CSFP food packages to seniors, food bank mobile/curbside distributions, WIC assistance to families, emergency rental/utility assistance, community health worker outreach to minority populations

Eligibility: Call for more information


Food Resource

Kearney eFree Storehouse

Contact: Justine Tschetter, Program Director (308) 455-3302

Hours: By Appointment-Monday, 1:30pm-5:30pm-Tuesday, 9am-12pm-Wednesday, 1:30pm-5:30pm-Thursday, By Appointment-Friday or Please complete this form:

Services: Offers help with food, toiletries and clothing

Address: 4010 7th Avenue Kearney NE 68845-located on North side of the church


Food Resource

Kearney Jubilee Center: Thrift Store & Food Pantry


Contact: Cheri Clark, Executive Director (308) 234-3880

Hours: 1pm-5pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 9am-1pm Tuesday. 10am-2pm Saturday. Closed Thursday & Sunday

Address: 1920 Central Avenue, Kearney NE 68847
Services: Food pantry available for those requiring food assistance


Food Resource

Kearney Seventh Day Adventist Church:  Food Pantry

Contact: Greg Bullion, (402) 575-0790

Address: 3312 B Avenue, Kearney NE 68847

Services: Free food pantry available for those requiring food assistance


Food Resource

Prince of Peace Food Pantry

Contact: Mike Labum, (308) 224-1694

Hours: 2pm -4:30pm Monday and Thursday

Address: 2407 West 56th Street, Kearney NE 68845

Services: Food pantry available for those requiring food assistance


Food Resource

The Salvation Army- Kearney NE

Contact: Lisa Lieth, Case Manager (308) 234-9998

Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 PM and Thursdays, 2:00-4:30 PM

Address: 1719 Central Avenue Kearney NE 68847

Services: Food pantry available for those requiring food assistance.

Farm to Families boxes on Thursdays 2-4pm at the food pantry.


Food Resource

Kearney Little Free Pantries

Contact: Shannan Kramer or Erin Davis, (308) 237-2550

Hours: Accessible to anyone 24 hours a day

Address: 1st location- 1623 Central Avenue on a pole on north east side of Faith United Methodist Church

2nd location- 110 West 24th Street located beside 24 Hour Tees

3rd location- 1923 Central Avenue located in front of Sayler Screenprinting

Services: Free food, clothing, and household products available in a small unlocked cupboard


Food Resource

UNK Big Blue Cupboard

Contact: Luis Olivas, (308) 865-8127

Hours: 7am-7pm Mondays through Friday. 11:30am-7pm Saturday and Sunday

Address: 1013 West 27th Street at University of Kearney Nebraska Student Union in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion

Services: Provide food and hygiene items to students or employees for the items of their choosing

Eligibility: Open to UNK students and employees needing food support. Community members in need may also utilize the pantry by making an appointment

Peterson Senior Activity Center –
sponsored by Community Action Partnership of Mid NE, City of Kearney and South Central Area Agency on Aging

  • Monday through Friday, curbside meal pickup, starting Monday, June 8
  • 24-hour advance reservations required by calling (308) 233-3278
  • Adults age 60 and over, there is a suggested donation of $4.50 per meal
  • Adults under 60 years of age, a payment of $6.00 per meal is required
  • Accepting checks and cash (exact amount) and pre-paid punch cards
  • Meals may be reserved by the day, week or month

Kearney Meals on Wheels – sponsored by Kearney Housing Agency (KHA)

  • Monday through Friday, meals delivered to home bound
  • Call to determine meal qualifications (308) 234-3000
  • Cost – $5.77 per meal, accepting checks and cash
  • There may be financial assistance for home delivered meals, or if you are home bound and need meals delivered, please contact South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging by calling (308) 234-1851 to discuss options; regardless of age. Or contact your assigned DHHS case worker.

 Rural Community Resources


  • Gibbon Little Free Pantry Accessible 24 hrs./day — 705 Court St. Gibbon, NE 68840, (308) 468-5323
  • Food Pantry – Gibbon Faith United Church : Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:30pm – 8pm, Head Start Basement 1021 First St. Gibbon. Contact: Pastor Mike, (308) 468-5521. Address:1021 First Street Gibbon NE 68840 Located in the Head Start basement


  • Ravenna Love in Action Food Pantry: Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am-3:30pm—502 Grand Ave Ravenna, NE 68869 Contact: Marty Russel, Program Director,(308)452-4361. Address: 502 Grand Avenue Ravenna NE 68869.
  • Ravenna Senior Center – take- out meals and home delivery for individuals 60 or a spouse of someone who is eligible. Contact Roberta at 308-452-3105. Reservations need 24 hours in advance. Meal service is Monday –Friday and the suggested contribution is $5.50 and for under 60 (ineligible) $7.00.


  • Shelton United Methodist Church Food Pantry: Hours: 8am-1pm Tuesday through Friday and 5:30pm-7pm Tuesday. Closed Monday, Saturday, Sunday. Contact: Pastor Carla (308) 230-0822 or Amanda (308) 647-6741. Address: 207 A Street Shelton NE 68876. Services: Food available for those requiring food assistance.

Contact your local school district for information if you live in Elm Creek or Pleasanton.

Mail Order Meals

Home Style Direct

  • Order meals delivered to your door, direct pay or Medicaid eligible

Mom’s Meals

  • Order meals delivered to your door, direct pay or Medicaid/Medicare eligible. Financial assistance for meals may be available by calling South Central Area Agency on Aging (308) 234-1851

Financial assistance for meals may be available by calling South Central Area Agency on Aging (308) 234-1851

Farmer’s Market

  • Kearney Farmers Market – Saturday 8am – 1pm, Wednesday 2pm-6pm; located at Kearney Hilltop Mall Parking lot
  • Senior vouchers available for Farmer’s Market produce, contact Sue Hutsell, South Central Area Agency on Aging (308) 234-1851
  • Shelton Farmers Market  – 5pm-7pm every Wednesday evening at Shelton Park Pavilion.

Food Security

  • If you are unable to find a meal program that fits your individual or family need, please contact Erin Davis (308) 234-1851 at South Central Area Agency on Aging to see if you qualify for other food assistance programs in the community. If you are home bound and need a meal delivered to your home, contact Erin (308) 234-1851 to be connected with a Helping Hands volunteer.

Emergency Food Assistance Program for people with Cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis: Team Rubicon — Emergency Food Assistance Program

Local Food Updates:

Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska has created a list of local organizations, what they are providing, and who to contact. Visit their site for the full list:


Your community is working together to offer tools to rebuild a housing foundation for community members in need.

At the state level;

At the county level;

  • The Kearney Housing Agency launched a housing resource website to assist residents in learning about housing programs in our community.  To access this information log on at  Resources are also available in Spanish.  An on-line form is available to assist the task force in better understanding the housing needs of our community, and offer their knowledge of resources.  To access the form visit the bottom of the page in the above link.
  • Persons who are homeless after hours and weekends are to contact law enforcement at (308) 237-2104 to determine if they would be qualify for one night of lodging supported by vouchers from the Salvation Army. A wonderful partnership between law enforcement and the Salvation Army and SAFE Center.
  • Buffalo County Emergency Shelters
    • Crossroads Shelter: 1404 E 39th Street Kearney, NE 68847, (308)236-5688
    • SAFE Center: (for individuals of domestic violence or sexual assault), 620 E 25th St, #14 Kearney, NE 68847, (308)237-2599
  • Other Temporary Housing Assistance Programs: It is important that you call ahead to learn about these different housing programs. Presenting information to these organizations on the conversation between you and your landlord will be very helpful in understanding your long-term housing plan.


  • Buffalo County Emergency Services Directory. Click here to download >>
    • This brochure gives services for food, housing, legal, mental health, utility assistance, and other resources.
  • Buffalo County Housing List. Click here to download >>
    • This list gives contact information for income based housing, mobile home park’s, rental companies, and apartment complexes.

Some churches in the community are able to assist and work very closely with the above-mentioned housing assistance programs.