Lane County COVID-19 Resources for Families

As things develop quickly around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and it’s impact on Lane County, we will be continually adding local resources for families to help you navigate this challenging time. Keep checking back for more offers from Lane County businesses and agencies, activities to do with your kids, free entertainment and educational resources, at-home self-care, and more. Below are links to jump to a particular section or just scroll down to see all of the resources listed.

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Community Resources & Updates

Child Care

Food Assistance

Mental Health Services

Home Services

Entertainment

Family Education

Health & Wellbeing

Parenting Resources

COVID-19 Information

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Community Resources & Updates

Child Care

  • Child care providers have been required to close unless they are providing emergency child care for essential personnel (this includes first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, critical operations staff and essential personnel, and other individuals working outside of the home). If you are essential personnel in need of child care:
    • Reach out to 211 for up-to-date information on the emergency child care programs operating in our region. To receive a customized referral to emergency child care programs contact 211info by:
      • Calling 211. Listen to the prompt for Child Care and press the specified number.
      • Texting the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211).
      • Emailing children@211info.org.
      • Visiting the website to complete a request: https://orm.naccrraware.net/orm/ormSearch
    • Call Quality Care Connections at 541-463-3300 and leave a message.

Food Assistance

  • Eugene 4J School District:
    • While schools are closed next week, free meals for youth 18 years old and younger will be available for pick-up Monday–Friday from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at the following locations:
      • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave. (back by roll up doors)
      • Awbrey Park Elementary School, 158 Spring Creek Dr. (TBD)
      • ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (lobby)
      • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St. (back cafeteria doors)
      • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave. (lobby)
      • South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave. (back cafeteria doors)
    • Stay tuned for meal plan for March 30–31.
    • Learn more: 4j.lane.edu/communications/coronavirus/
  • Springfield Public Schools:
  • Bethel School District:
    • Bethel School District will be providing brown bag grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals for any child, Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, 10:00-noon. Meals can be picked up at Willamette High School, Prairie Mountain School, Malabon Elementary and Fairfield Elementary.
    • Learn more: bethel.k12.or.us/
  • Oakridge School District:
    • To-go lunches are available to Oakridge students during the school closure March 16- March 31 Monday – Friday from 11 am – 1 pm at Oakridge Baptist Church and Oakridge High School – Main Entrance.
    • For more information call Oakridge School District Office at 541-782-2813
  • South Lane School District:
    • Any child, up to age 18, can receive a breakfast and lunch each day. Federal regulations require that the children receiving meals must be in the car when meals are picked up. To comply with the governor’s order to limit close personal contact, we ask that everyone remain in the car, and we will deliver the meals to your car. 
    • Pick up dates will be Monday-Friday March 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, 31 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Pick up locations:
      • Cottage Grove High School, main parking lot (1375 S. River Rd.)
      • Dorena School, main parking lot (37141 Row River Rd, Dorena, OR 97434)
      • London School, main parking lot (73288 London Rd, Cottage Grove, OR 97424)
    • If you have any questions, please call 541-767-1677
    • Learn more: slane.k12.or.us/apps/news/article/1184802
  • Marcola School District:
    • Grab and go food service from 11:00 – 1:00 starting Monday, March 16.  The food service crew will provide meals on the go every Monday and Wednesday at the Elementary School. They are free to anyone 18 years of age or younger.  If one is 19 or older a $3 fee will be charged. Please bring a backpack, box or bag to carry the meals home. There will be no eating on campus.
  • Fern Ridge School District:
    • To-go lunches available to all enrolled students and their siblings who are under the age of 18 (including pre-K ). A parking lot drive-through will be set up in the VES parking lot Monday-Friday March 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, 31 from 11:00-12:30.
      • The student(s) MUST be in the car, or on site if walking
      • Students receive a sack lunch and breakfast for the following morning
      • This service will not occur during the week of spring break
  • McKenzie School District:
    • Breakfast and lunch will be delivered March 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, 31 along bus routes at regular stops. Busses will be operating on a 2 hour delay schedule for morning routes. If your normal pick up is at 6:35 am, meal drop off will be at 8:35 am.
  • Pleasant Hill School District:
    • Grab-&-Go breakfast/lunch from 10:30am-12:30pm Mon 3/16 – Fri 3/20
  • Lowell School District:
    • To-go meals will be available to students beginning Monday, March 16, at Lundy Elementary from 11am -1 pm
  • Blachly School District:
    • Triangle Lake Charter School will be offering drive-up to-go bagged meals for students under 18 years old during the school closure. Each bag contains breakfast and lunch
      • One bag per student per day
      • The student(s) need to be present in the car to receive the bag
      • We are not serving over spring break (3/23-3/26)
      • We are partnering with neighboring school districts to offer additional options (please visit blachly.k12.or.us/closure-meals/ for a full list of locations)
  • Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District:
    • Lunch and breakfast meals will be provided to eligible students during the week of March 16-20 and March 30-31. The district will be reaching out to families who are eligible for the free lunch program on Monday, March 16 to work out pickup and delivery details.
      • Meals will be available for pickup at Applegate Elementary School between 11:00am until 12:30pm. Meals that aren’t picked up will be delivered by our bus drivers.
    • If you have questions or are wondering about eligibility, please call the District Office at 541-935-2100.
  • Junction City School District:
    • Laurel Elementary and Junction City High School will be serving breakfast and lunch on Monday, March 16th & 30th, and Tuesday, March 17th & 31st from 9:15 am to 10:30 am.
    • Meals can be served to any person under the age of 18 or 19, if the person is with disabilities. One breakfast and one lunch per child at the site. The child must be present to receive the meal.
    • Learn more: www.junctioncity.k12.or.us/
  • Mapleton School District:
    • Families can pick up breakfast and lunch for students each afternoon.  The following are locations and times for pick up on March 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, 31:
      • Deadwood Store, 2:30-3:00pm
      • Swisshome Church, 3:10-3:40pm
      • Richardson Bridge (near the tracks), 2:10-2:40pm
      • Sweet Creek Road at Bernhardt Creek pull out, 3:00-3:30
      • Mapleton High School, 2:00-4:00pm
  • Siuslaw School District:
    • During the mandated closure the District will be delivering student meals to locations along bus routes. The full schedule is at https://5il.co/dq2m 
  • Laughing Planet Cafe:
    • Laughing Planet Cafe is offering free lunches to children on meal assistance programs during the mandatory school closures.
      • The cafe has two locations in Eugene, on Blair Boulevard & 8th, and at 29th Avenue and Willamette Street.
    • Low-income families who are enrolled in a school meal assistance program can come into a location and request a meal for a child. They are operating on the honor system and no proof is required. 
    • The lunch consists of quesadillas or burritos, corn or broccoli, with apple juice or milk.
  • NAACP
    • The Eugene/Springfield NAACP is partnering with Food for Lane County to host biweekly food distribution at the historic Mims House for low-income community members
      • March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 from 4:30-6:30 pm at 330 High St.
      • Bring a reusable bag; no documentation required
      • Food includes shelf-stable dry goods, fresh produce, frozen meat, and yogurt
      • Any household that is 185% above Federal Poverty Level
      • For more information call 541-343-2822 or visit foodforlanecounty.org
  • Great Harvest Bread Co.
    • If you have lost your income or job please come in and get a free loaf of locally made bread.
    • Located at 2564 Willamette St.

Mental Health Services

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
    • 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • Eugene 4J School District:
    • School-based health centers at Churchill and North Eugene high schools will be open next week to provide health and mental health care to 4J students. The health centers can bill private insurance and the Oregon Health Plan, and will also provide treatment for those unable to afford medical care. Call to schedule an appointments: Churchill: 541-790-5227 • North Eugene: 541-790-4445
    • HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools), a community partner that provides mobile crisis response support to 4J and other high schools, will offer mental health support by phone for high school students, families and staff while schools are closed. Staff are able to provide short-term counseling, resource referrals and Oregon Health Plan signup. Available weekdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at 541-246-2342.
    • The White Bird Crisis Line will continue to be accessible 24/7 by phone at 541-687-4000. 15th Night will also be continuing to offer support and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them via phone and text at 541-246-4046.

Home Services

  • Comcast:
    • Comcast will be increasing speeds for the Internet Essentials program, and making the program free to new low-income customers for two months.
    • To sign up, visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
  • EWEB:
    • Temporarily suspending service disconnections and late fees for customer non-payment during the coronavirus crisis.
    • Expanding bill assistance programs and implementing residential and commercial loan deferrals to help customers through the economic disruptions caused by the virus outbreak.
    • Starting April 1, EWEB will expand the EWEB Customer Care program to provide a $260 credit to any customer who loses a job. Affected customers can apply for this bill credit by submitting proof of unemployment benefits from the Oregon Employment Department.  
      • Doesn’t include an income threshold. 

Entertainment

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Health & Wellbeing

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Meditation, Relaxation & Stress Management

Outdoor Activities

  • City of Eugene Park and Trail Maps
    • Outdoor recreation is encouraged while we practice social distancing but it is recommended that you and your family maintain 6 ft distance from other people and refrain from using playground equipment.

Parenting Resources