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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), otherwise known as Food Stamps, is a federal food assistance program that is distributed by the Department of Children and Families. To apply for food assistance, Medicaid, and/or cash assistance, or to manage your benefits and receive information, visit: https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/
DCF has launched a pilot program for SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online. If you are already receiving benefits, you do not need to apply. On April 21, both Walmart and Amazon will offer these services statewide.
If you are due to re-certify in May or June 2020 for SNAP, certification periods have been extended by six months for individuals and families. If you were due to re-certify in March, you must do so online, over the phone, or send a hard copy re-certification.
- Maximum allotments will be issued again for the month of July
- Households will need to recertify if their public assistance benefits are due this month. Recertifications will not be automatically completed for the month of July.
- Interview requirements are no longer waived
Pandemic-EBT or P-EBT:
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a supplemental benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures.
Families who are eligible for the free and reduced-price school meals program under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive P-EBT. P-EBT benefits will be issued automatically during the month of June.
For existing SNAP customers with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be added to your current EBT card automatically. For Medicaid and/or TANF recipients with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be automatically mailed to the address on your Medicaid and/or TANF file. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefits.
If you have not received your P-EBT card, please call 1-833-311-0321.
FreshEBT is an app (iphone or android) that allows SNAP recipients to track their benefits balance and purchases. They can clip virtual coupons that help the benefits go farther. There is also access to job postings.
Link to app information: https://www.freshebt.com/
Florida is maintaining Medicaid eligibility for current recipients through the end of the state of emergency. This means no Medicaid recipient will lose Medicaid eligibility during the state of emergency.
WIC (Women, Children & Infants) Program:
WIC stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health. Services provided by the program include the following:
- Healthy Foods
- Nutrition Education and Counseling
- Breastfeeding Support
- Referrals for Health Care
To apply for WIC, please call (727) 824-6914
Who is Eligible?
- You must be a pregnant woman, or a woman who has recently been pregnant, a breastfeeding mother, an infant, or a child under five years of age.
- You must meet certain income guidelines.
- You must live in Florida.
- You must have a nutrition-related need, which will be determined by WIC staff.
You could be eligible if you or other family members are currently receiving Medicaid, WAGES, or Food Stamps. However, you do NOT have to be on a public assistance program to qualify for WIC.
Before eligibility is completed, WIC staff will verify your gross household income. You need to bring proof of household income so that the staff can determine your eligibility.
For more information, please visit: http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/clinical-and-nutrition-services/wic/index.html
If you are in need of a mask, please visit these locations:
Please be mindful that this is based on a first come, first served basis
- Clearwater Main Library 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater
- Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m.
- Friday- Sunday: Noon to 2 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m.
- (727) 562-4970
- Clearwater Beach Library & Recreation Complex
- 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach
- Monday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday: 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
- (727) 462-6138
- Countryside Library
- 2642 Sabal Springs Dr., Clearwater
- Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Friday- Sunday: Noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
- (727) 562- 4970
- East Community Library at St. Petersburg College
- 2465 Drew St., Clearwater
- Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday: Noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
- (727) 562- 4970
- North Greenwood Library
- 905 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater
- Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday: Noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
- (727) 562-4970
- Lealman Exchange 5157 45th St.N., St. Petersburg
- Palm Harbor Library 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor
- Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday & Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
- (727) 784-3332
- St. Petersburg Free Clinic 863 3rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg
- (727) 821-1200
- Barbara S. Ponce Public Library 7770 52nd St. N., Pinellas Park
- Monday-Thursday:10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m to 7 p.m.
- Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m.to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- (727) 369-0669
- Largo Public Library 120 Central Park Dr., Largo
- Monday- Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- (727) 587-6715
- Highpoint Neighborhood Family Center 5812 150th Ave. N., Clearwater
- (727) 533-0730
- Individuals are encouraged to call the location before heading out to verify availability. Supplies are limited and will be replenished as often as possible.
- GRAYDI Neighborhood Family Center 12601 130th Avenue North
- Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm
- Largo, FL 33774
- (727) 595-1684
- Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center 1003 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North
- Safety Harbor, FL 34695
- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Residents can also make their own masks. Details, as well as instructions on how to keep your mask clean, are available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
Bay Area Pregnancy Center– 4090 58th Avenue N. Assisting with diapers. Must call (727) 200-9166 for more information.
The Littlest Trunk– 6260 4th St N- Assisting with baby formula. Please call (727) 289-7069 for more information.
Help Me Grow– A program via 211 that provides assistance to caregivers and families for developmental and behavioral concerns. Help Me Grow is currently providing educational resources for crisis learning and assisting with basic needs. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:00. Please contact 211 for more information or text Help Me Grow to 898211.
Meals on Wheels for Kids serves kids when school is closed, with a meal delivered to their home, by a volunteer. This is for kids, ages 18 and under. Participants must be home to receive the meal. MOW4Kids is an alternative option for kids that are not able to access any of the school meal distribution sites throughout the county; and/or kids that have difficulty accessing open food pantries. This is delivered to the following St. Petersburg zip codes: 33701, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33707, 33708, 33709, 33710, 33711, 33712, 33713, 33714. MOW4Kids delivers a nutritious meal pack directly to the homes of kids between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. To apply for this program, please visit: https://networktoendhunger.org/mow4kids/
Children’s Home Society is providing a Family Support Warm Line that is open to everyone – families, adults, teens and kids. Whether you need a confidential outlet or greater mental health support, CHS is here – and it’s never been easier to get the support you’re looking for. Please call 1-888-733-6303 or you can text 1-888-733-6303
Florida Abuse Hotline – If you suspect child or vulnerable adult abuse, please call 1-800-96-ABUSE to discuss your concerns.
Back to School Clinics:
Starting 7/7 to /8/20, the Department of Health is teaming with Pinellas County Schools to provide physicals, hearing exams, vision screens and immunizations. To make an appointment, please call 727-249-7591
- BOCA CIEGA HIGH SCHOOL CLINIC – 924 58TH St. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
- GIBBS HIGH SCHOOL CLINIC – 850 34TH St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711
- PINELLAS PARK HIGH SCHOOL CLINIC – 6305 118TH Ave. N., Largo, FL 33773
Meal Distribution for MYPCS Student
MyPCS Online students are eligible to receive:
- 5 days’ worth of breakfast and lunch meals
- 5 days’ worth of after-school snacks at qualifying schools (50% free & reduced lunch or higher)
- Distribution on Fridays at assigned school locations
- Student does not need to be present for pickup
MENU & PAYMENTS:
- Menus will be posted at pcsb.org
- Entrees securely packaged for student safety
- Storage and heating instructions included with meals
- Prepayments for meals can be made at the school by cash or check outside of distribution times, or online at MySchoolBucks.com
- CEP Schools: No charge for any enrolled student
- Non-CEP Schools*: (*No charge for free or reduced-price students)
- Elementary school paid students: $11.25/week ($2.25/day)
- Middle & high school paid students: $13.75/week ($2.75/day)
- Locations and times will be available soon at pcsb.org. Please note that meals provided during the school year are for enrolled students only.
The Governor of Florida signed an executive order on April 2 to suspend evictions and foreclosures due to COVID-19. This order has been extended until October 1. If you have any questions or concerns about your rent or mortgage, you can contact the following legal services:
Bay Area Legal Services: 1-800-625-2257 or visit their website at https://bals.org/get-help/housing
Reemployment Assistance Benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online using CONNECT. If you have never filed in Florida before, use the “File a New Claim” link to start your application and create a profile. If you have filed previously, please log in using your Social Security Number and PIN. If you no longer have your PIN, select the “Forgot PIN” button to regain access to your account.
Before filing, make sure you have the following information available:
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s License of State ID number
- Your employment for the last 18 months including for each employer:
- Name, address, and phone number
- First and last day of work
- Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out) during the listed dates
- The reason for separation
- FEIN (this is found on any W2 or 1099 tax forms you have received)
- If you don’t have the FEIN, you can use the employer details off of a recent pay stub.
For more information, or to apply, please visit: https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX
Paper applications are also available at the locations below. For the purpose of social distancing, the papers are stocked in red boxes near the entrance of each location:
- Pinellas Public Library Cooperative building
- 1330 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL
- Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
- 7770 52nd St. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781
- St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Library
- 9200 113th St. N., Seminole, FL 33772
- St. Pete Beach Public Library
- 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Duke Energy will begin to disconnect for non-payment starting September 1st. If you are still experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, please contact 800-700-8744. For more information, you can visit Duke Energy’s website.
Beginning July 20, 2020 the City of St. Petersburg will resume assessing late fees. Termination notice fees will follow on July 24, 2020. Termination of service for non-payment will resume on August 3, 2020. For more information, visit https://www.stpete.org/billing_and_collections/utility_billing/index.php
The City of Clearwater has suspended disconnecting delinquent accounts March 17. This will end June 30th. For more information, visit https://www.myclearwater.com/news-info/covid-19-information-city-updates
The City of Tarpon Springs has suspended disconnecting delinquent accounts and any penalties that can incur. For more information, visit https://www.ctsfl.us/covid-19.htm.
Pinellas County Utilities has extended the suspension of water service terminations until June 30th. For more information, visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/.
The City of Gulfport will begin disconnecting delinquent accounts on July 29, 2020. For more information, please call 727-893-1016
Tampa Electric (TECO) has Extended Temporary Suspension of Disconnections for Non-Payment through END OF AUGUST. Representatives are available at 888-223-0800 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to discuss the options available. https://www.tampaelectric.com/updates/?link=slider&source=hp&q=tampa+electric
211 Tampa Bay Cares: An information and resource line for any resource available in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial 2-1-1 or Text 898211
Pinellas Cares Financial Assistance Program: Pinellas County will be assisting with financial resources for families and individuals that have been impacted by loss of income due to COVID-19. This is a partnership with 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares to provide one-time assistance for affected residents and assist with overdue rent, mortgage payments and utilities. Applicants who did not previously qualify for the program or who already received help, but need assistance for additional overdue bills, can apply again.
To be eligible for this assistance:
- You must be a U.S Citizen/ Legal Permanent resident
- A Pinellas County resident
- Income at or below a 200% of the Federal Poverty Level [for more information visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/federal-poverty-level-fpl/]
- Liquid assets must be equal to or less than $4000.00 [I.E cash, checking or savings account]
- Documentation for all information will be verified
- To apply for this assistance, please contact 2-1-1 to begin the screening process. You will be contacted if you are eligible or not for this assistance once all documents have been completed.
- Text COVIDCARES to 211 (898211). It is not necessary to call directly. This is the fastest way to get access to more information.
- When you text the 211 hotline, you will receive information and eligibility requirements.
- There are specific documents that you will need to provide to be deemed eligible for.
- This program is available for Pinellas County residents ONLY.
- It is only for past due bills
- This program will end on June 1, 2020.
- For more information on CARES Financial Assistance or other programs, please visit 211tampabay.org or contact the Client Advocate at 727-821-1200 x 126
The Juvenile Welfare Board’s Neighborhood Family Centers now have navigator support staff on site to help families apply for Pinellas COVID-CARES funds or to identify other resources. Click here for the site near you.
Spectrum is offering free internet access to new Pre-K to 12, College Student, and Teacher households who don’t currently have internet or Wifi service. For more information, visit https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer
Comcast is offering free internet for 60 days to help low-income families who may not have access to the internet at home through its Internet Essentials program. For more information, visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19.
Daystar can assist with utility or mortgage assistance. For more information, please call (727) 825-0442.
Pinellas Opportunity Council is currently assisting with rent and utilities. Please contact (727) 823-4101 and leave a message.
We Help can assist with water bills. Please call (727) 821-1200 ext 115
The City of Clearwater has rental, utility and mortgage assistance available to the residents of Clearwater. This is for eligible individuals and families who have lost their jobs or significant income due to COVID-19 with one-time assistance paying overdue rent, mortgage and utility bills for up to three months. The delinquencies must be for April 2020 and beyond. Payments will be disbursed directly to the utility, landlord, mortgage holder or other eligible agency to which the individual bills are due. For more information or to see if you are eligible, please visit https://www.myclearwater.com/government/city-departments/economic-development/rental-mortgage-and-utility-assistance
Boley Centers has received funding to assist the citizens of St.Petersburg financial assistance to prevent homelessness. If you meet all of the qualifications below, you may qualify for assistance with rent and select utilities (electric, water/sewer/trash, internet, telephone) for up to 3 months:
- Must reside within the city limits of the City of St. Petersburg
- Must have a 12 month lease
- Must have current household income of or less than 50% AMI (Annual Median Income)
- Must have been affected by COVID-19 (documented job or income loss)
- Loss of income/late bills must have occurred on or after 3/27/2020 (when the president signed the CARES Act)
- Must not be receiving assistance for the same expenses from any other source
- Must be citizen or have legal residency status
- Must provide all documentation
To apply, please visit http://boleycenters.org/verification/. Once you have applied, you will be notified that the application has been received. Please read Exhibit G if you meet the qualifications. If you require a paper application be mailed to you, please call (727) 490-0509 and leave a message with your name, address and phone number.
If you prefer to print and mail the application, you may use the link below and return your application to: Boley Centers Attention Emergency Assistance Grant 445 31st St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713. You may also drop your application in the drop box by the front door. COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Application. For more information, please visit http://boleycenters.org/covid-19/
Complete the application with your information and print out the second that includes your landlord’s information (includes a domestic violence addendum to the lease, rental assistance agreement, W-9 etc.). These landlord forms are needed to show that your landlord is in agreement with Catholic Charities paying rent (and/or utilities) on your behalf as the tenant.
Once you complete the application, please deliver or mail it to: 1213 16th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. Call (727) 893-1313 ext 155 to make an appointment. You will bring the completed landlord forms as/when asked to by the Catholic Charities representative assisting you. We typically ask for these (landlord) forms after you have provided us with all the other required documents (listed on page one of your application).
City of Largo
The City of Largo wants to help Largo individuals and families who have fallen behind on housing and utility bills due to impacts of COVID-19. Largo’s Resident Assistance Program is available to residents as a second line of assistance behind Countywide programs. Its intent is to help Largo families who suffered a loss in income from COVID-19 furloughs, lay-offs, reduced hours, or company closings with mortgage or rent payments and utility costs. If you do not have internet access or need additional help, please call Largo Housing Services at (727) 586-7453 to pre-qualify over the phone. For more information, please visit https://www.largo.com/services/residents/housing_assistance/rap.php
Pinellas County Urban League – PCUL has financial assistance for electric available remotely. Clients can apply online at https://www.shahsoftware-casemanager.com/CTSOnline/frmClientIntakeVertical.aspx?CID=PINELLASCOUNTY or by calling 727-327-0977. For more information on Pinellas County Urban league, visit them at https://www.pcul.org/liheap
Metropolitan Ministries – For residents of Pinellas County, apply here https://form.jotform.com/201818803624151
Economic Impact Payments: May 13th is the last day to add information as a non-filer. To add this information, please visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
Small Business Assistance:
Due to COVID-19, small businesses may take a financial hit due to the closing of businesses not deemed essential. The U.S. Small Business Bureau has multiple funding options available. For more information, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options
The Florida Veterans Foundation is teaming up with The American Legion and The Department of Florida to support those who are affected by this pandemic. For more information, visit https://helpflvets.org/covid-19-support/
Pinellas CARES Small Business Grants
- This is a one time grant available for $5,000.00
- Must have a physical location in Pinellas County
- For more information, please visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/pinellascaresbusiness/
This round closed on June 30th. A second round will be available so please check back for updates.
Mental Health/ Stress Assistance:
If you find yourself experiencing issues with your mental health, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Suicide Hotline: connected through 211 Tampa Bay Cares. Dial 211 or Text 898211
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
Suncoast Centers has a mental health agency that is providing telehealth services at this time. Call (727) 388-1220 for more information.
Directions For Living provides mental health services for children and adults. If you are in need of any mental health services, please call (727) 524-4464.
Directions For Living also has an Emotional Support Line, for anyone who is having a difficult time coping or adapting during the pandemic. You can call (727) 524-4465 ext 1001. You will leave your name and number and someone will return your call within two hours. The support line is available from 8am-8pm. This line is not for resources, life-threatening emergencies, or mental health emergencies.
PEHMS Crisis Hotline – if you are experiencing a mental Health crisis, please contact (727) 541-4628.
Helping Teens Cope withe the Stress of Isolation: https://possibilitiesforchange.org/how-to-help-teens-cope-with-the-stress-of-isolation/
CDC – Manage Anxiety & Stress https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
PBS -How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus: https://tinyurl.com/sctrgxe
Mobile Crisis Unit -available for adults and children (727) 362-4424
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: https://lamistad.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/coronavirus-anxiety-workbook.pdf
Coronavirus Coloring book: https://lamistad.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/coronavirus-coloring-book1.pdf
Rape Crisis Hotline: If you have been sexually assaulted, please call:
- the Sexual Assault Services Hotline at (727) 530-7273 anytime 24 hours a day
- RAINN, the national hotline at 1-800-656-4673
Domestic Violence Hotline: If you are experiencing domestic violence, please call:
- CASA (727) 895-4912, or (727) 828-1269
- RCS Pinellas (727) 442-4128, or (727) 446-2448
- The statewide hotline at 1-800-500-1119. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Upcoming Mobile Food Pantries:
- 9/3 (10:30AM-12:00PM) John Hopkins Middle School 701 16th St S, St. Petersburg
- 9/3 (4:00PM-5:30PM) Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave North, St Petersburg *FROZEN, REHEATABLE MEALS ONLY*
- 9/4 (6:00PM-7:30PM) Wells Fargo – St Pete , 2350 34th St. N., St. Petersburg
- 9/5 (7:30AM-9:00AM) Liberty Worship Center 403 1st Ave SW, Largo
- 9/5 (9:00AM-12:00 AM) Tropicana Field Lot 4, 17th Street South & 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg
- 9/7 (3:00PM-6:00PM) High Point Neighborhood Family Center 5812 150th Ave. N. Clearwater
- 9/8 (4:30PM-6:00PM) Tangerine Plaza 1794 22nd St S, St. Petersburg
- 9/9 (3:30PM-5:00PM) Salvation Army, 1521 Druid Rd, Clearwater
- 9/10 (4:00PM-5:30PM) Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave North, St Petersburg *FROZEN, REHEATABLE MEALS ONLY*
- 9/11 (12:00PM – 1:30PM) Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist 955 20th Street South, St. Petersburg
- 9/12 (7:30AM-9:00AM) Liberty Worship Center 403 1st Ave SW, Largo
- 9/12 (9:00AM-12:00 AM) Tropicana Field Lot 4, 17th Street South & 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Free Clinic – 863 3rd Ave N, Hours: Mon -Wed 8:30am – 3pm; Thurs 8:30am – 7pm, Phone: (727) 821-1200
Campbell Park Resource Center – 701 16th St S Building 7, Hours: Thursdays 3-4:30 pm, Phone: (727) 623-9722
Daystar – 1055 28th St. S, Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri 9am-3pm, Phone: (727) 825-0442
Salvation Army – 340 14th Ave S, Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9am (first come, first serve), Phone: (727) 550-8080
Suncoast Haven of Rest – 1763 9th Ave N, Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-1pm, Phone: (727) 545-8282
Feed St. Pete – 5501 31st St S., Hours: Tue 5pm-6:30pm, Phone: (727) 866-1184
Christ the Cornerstone Church – 5545 62nd Ave N., Hours: 4th Saturday of the Month @ 9 AM, Phone: (727) 547-6280
Good Samaritan Church –6085 Park Blvd N., Hours: Mon, Tues & Thur. 9 AM-12 PM, Phone: (727) 544-8558
St. Giles Episcopal Church – 8271 52nd St N, Hours: Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm, Phone: (727) 544-6856
Abundant Life Ministries – 1550 S Belcher Rd., Hours: Thurs 8am-11am, Phone: (727) 210-5433
Salvation Army of Clearwater – 1521 Druid Rd, Hours: Wed 3:30pm, Phone: (727) 446-4177
RCS Food Bank – 700 Druid Road, Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 12:30-3:30pm; Thu 12:30-6:30pm, Phone: (727) 443-4031
Our Lady of Lourdes– 750 San Salvador Dr., Hours: Mon-Fri 10 AM-12 PM Phone: (727) 733-3606
Dunedin Cares– 1630 Pinehurst Rd., Hours: Thursday 10 AM-12 Phone: (727) 410-8495
Clearwater Community Church– 2897 Belcher Rd., Hours: Tuesdays 10 AM-2 PM, Phone: (727) 799-4444
Shepherd Center – 304 Pinellas Ave S., Hours: M, Tu, Th, F 10 AM-1:30 PM CLOSED WEDNESDAYS, Phone: (727) 939-1400
St.Ignatius – 715 Orange St., Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10 AM-12 PM
For other food pantries, call 211 or visit https://feedingtampabay.org/find-a-pantry/ or download the following list:
The Area Agency on Aging for Pinellas-Pasco has created a spreadsheet for seniors who may be in need of assistance or seeking access to different services for seniors: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MTtXkevgxFo-IdH77AdFq91VJdnPRXDJo6mJM9dYEaU/edit#gid=1107665670 – To access their helpline, you can call 727-271-8111 or email them at email@example.com
Neighborly and Meals on Wheels can assist seniors over 60 years of age with meals. If you are in need of assistance, please contact (727) 573-9444 to register.
Showered & Empowered is an organization that provides free showers for homeless people in the community. These are the places that will be hosting showers this month:
- The Refuge Outreach Church– August 6 & 20th, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
- Largo Library- August 13th, 9 AM-12 PM
- Daystar Life Center– August 14th, 9 AM-12 PM
- First United Methodist Church– August 22nd, 8 AM-11:30 AM
- Sacred Heart Catholic Church– August 27th, 9 AM-12 PM
Mobile Medical Unit:
September Calendar – The Mobile Medical Van will re-start services this month at sites open for services from outside providers.
After Hours Help: Clients have access to an on-call physician or nurse after regular business hours through the Florida Department of Health by calling the clinic’s main phone #727-453-7866.
MMU Van Schedule: The Mobile Medical Unit resumed operations this month with some changes to the locations per day (subject to change)…please see the calendar for details and check the website for the most current updates.
Salvation Army – 1400 4th St S., Phone: 727-822-4954
Pinellas Hope – Catholic Charities, Phone: (727) 556-6397
Saint Vincent de Paul – 401 15th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Safe Harbor – 14840 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762
If you are a family in need of shelter, please contact 211 to go through the Family Services Initiative.
Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or visit veteranscrisisline.net If you are having a health crisis, please call 727-541-4628.
SVDP Cares- Veteran Financial Assistance – If you are a veteran and reside in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Collier, Citrus, Lake, Sumter, Hernando, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee and Lee Counties, you are eligible for this program though the Department of Veteran Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF).
- Must lack resources for stable housing
- Military conditions or service must be under “other than dishonorable” conditions.
- Income less than 50 % AMI (Area Median Income) For more information or to see what the AMI is in your county, please visit https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2020/select_Geography.odn
- Verification of loss of income or income
For more information, contact 1-844- 455-7783 for the screening process. Once that is completed, you will be contacted by your local SVdP Cares office. Funding is available until July 31, 2020.
If you are a veteran and are seeking employment, you can contact John Sanaxay at CareerSource Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) 727-608-2532
Pet Care Assistance:
If you are in need of pet food, please visit these sites:
- Pinellas County Animal Services
Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
12450 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo, FL 33774
Phone: (727) 582-2600
Details: An employee will meet you at the entrance or you may call from the parking lot and an employee will come out to assist. Each citizen is limited to two bags or six cans of food per visit.
- Humane Society of Pinellas
Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
3040 State Road 590
Clearwater, FL 33759
Phone: (727) 797-7722
Details: To pick up food, knock on the door at the Humane Society’s Volunteer Village, located at their facility, and a representative will assist you and bring the food out to you.
- SPCA of Tampa Bay
Tuesdays from 1-5 p.m.
9099 130th Avenue North
Largo, FL 33773
Phone: (727) 586-3591, ext. 121
Details: Call ahead to ensure the food pantry has adequate food stocks to meet your needs. If you are planning to pick up canned food, bring plastic grocery bags to transport the food home. When you arrive for your appointment, be sure to have a valid photo ID.
- Grassroots Kava House and Pup Active Pet Food Pantry
Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
957 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Phone: (727) 220-3041
Details: If you’re unable to leave your home due to quarantine or being immuno-compromised, you can send Grassroots Kava House a message via their Facebook page to discuss possible delivery within St. Petersburg city limits.
- We Help provides dog/cat food upon request.
- Animeals – Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg and Friends of Strays Deliver Pet Food to Homebound and Seniors
- Those who receive Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg and have companion animals can qualify to receive pet food through the Animeals program.
- Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH), a tri-county leader in hunger relief, research and program development, announces new partnership with Friends of Strays to provide pet food for Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg recipients through the “Animeals” program. This new pet food assistance program will provide monthly food deliveries to recipients who need help to feed their cats and dogs.
BayCare Urgent Care locations will offer drive-thru service seven days a week from 9am-5pm. Pre-screening is necessary before accessing a COVID-19 testing site. If you suspect you have coronavirus and you have not been screened for COVID-19 by a provider, visit baycareanywhere.org on your smart phone or computer 24/7 for a virtual visit with a provider.
- BayCare Urgent Care (Carillon) | 900 Carillon Parkway, Suite 106, St. Petersburg, FL 33716
- BayCare Urgent Care (Countryside) | 3351 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33761
- Solis Health Plan and Florida Family Primary Care Centers are offering COVID-19 Drive thru testing centers:
- Pinellas Park (6245 66th Street)
- For more information, please call 813-461-7084
- Community Health Centers of Pinellas County has drive thru testing services available. Please call 727- 824-8181 to set up an appointment.
- 707 East Druid Road, Clearwater, FL 33756
- 7550 43rd Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
- 1344 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center)
- CVS in Tarpon Springs-Register and make an appointment at CVS.com – 1000 East Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs
- Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater – Free COVID-19 testing regardless of symptoms. Limit 4 people per car. 400 1st St S, St. Petersburg – Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Doctor’s Urgent Care Appointment required, only with symptoms or exposure – 34621 U.S. Highway 19, Palm Harbor – Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (727) 953-9888 www.yourdoctorsurgentcare.com
- Free COVID Testing at Largo Health Department hosted by the Pinellas County Urban League – September 5th 12420 130thAve.N.Largo, FL 33774 (Must pre register at 888-320-9077)
For more information on COVID-19 and testing, please contact Department of Health’s COVID line at (866) 779-6121, email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/ for other testing sites.
Free COVID-19 antibody testing offered at Mahaffey Theater site:
- Testing available Tuesday-through Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- No referral needed; tests available while supplies last.
- Before Visiting for antibody testing, please fill out an antibody test form in English or Spanish and bring it with you to the testing site.
Beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 19, residents will be able to receive free testing for antibodies to the COVID-19 coronavirus at the County’s drive-up testing site outside of the Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S., St. Petersburg.
PSTA has suspended all fare for bus riders at this time.
The Essential Workers Program is for essential employees who rely on the bus, but because of PSTA’s reduced bus service, the employees are no longer able to reliably get to or from work. PSTA will work to get these employees rides to or from work curb to curb on either Uber, United Taxi, or Care Ride. Click here to apply today!
If you have a permanent or temporary disability and are unable to independently use the regular, wheelchair accessible PSTA buses, call PSTA at 727-540-1800 for a DART application form. These forms are also available at the PSTA facility located at 3201 Scherer Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33716, and also available for download.