Resources

  • Frequent media coverage of this newly discovered virus can feel overwhelming. Here are some resources that provide accurate information and some tips for talking with kids when they have questions in times of uncertainty. Check back often for regular updates as we add more resources. 

    Included on this page: 

    • Meals for students
    • Childcare information
    • Internet access for students
    • Community resources
    • Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
    • Mental health resources
    • Coronavirus and children
    • Helpful links 

Meals for students

  • Meals are available for any child under 18 years old who needs breakfast or lunch during the school closure. Parents/guardians do NOT need to bring their student(s) with them to pick up meals. Multiple days' worth of meals will be distributed. Please check here frequently for updates.

    Meals will be distributed curbside at the main entrance of these sites between 10 a.m. and noon on Mondays and Wednesdays:

    • Pinewood Elementary - 5500 Quincy Street, Mounds View
    • Snail Lake Education Center - 350 Hwy 96 W, Shoreview
    • Highview Middle School - 2300 7th Street NW, New Brighton
    • Edgewood Middle School - 5100 Edgewood Drive N, Mounds View

    If you cannot make it to a school site for curbside pick up, neighborhood pick up locations will also be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This interactive map will direct you to the most convenient pick up location. Meals will be delivered by bus/van to these locations.

    If you have any questions about meals during school closures, call your school directly

  • Childcare information

    Consistent with the Governor’s guidance, Mounds View Public Schools will be providing childcare for parents who have children who work and serve in essential fields (this list regularly updated by the Minnesota Department of Education). Verification of employment, such as a letter from the employer or an employment badge, is required. District staff who are required to report to work on Monday, March 23, are also eligible for this program. 

    You can find more information here. 

     

  • Internet access for students 

    For students and staff who do not have access to reliable internet, there are options available. 

    Free internet access at home
    Some internet service providers are offering free internet access to families for 60 days to help during this time of remote learning.  

    • Comcast/Xfinity has several options for families to utilize, including free internet for up to 60 days in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more at https://www.internetessentials.com/.

    • Visit https://www.everyoneon.org/ and select the “Find Offers” button. Enter your zip code and indicate any of the options that apply to your family. Generally at least one low-cost option will be available.

    • We are working to make sure every student has internet access. If you have issues with internet access, contact your school directly. 
  • Community resources

    Click here to see community resources regarding financial assistance, food access and more. This document will be updated regularly, so check back often. 

  • Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

    The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is ready to help. If you are in need of free food for your family please call the food shelf appointment line at 651-621-6280. The food shelf has implemented a fast and user-friendly drive thru service model in our parking lot that provides participants with pre-packed "to-go" bags of food. This temporary service model takes into consideration the need for social distancing as well as the ability to provide food to many families in a short period of time. Families will receive canned and boxed items, hygiene, frozen meat, fresh milk, produce, dairy, deli and bakery items. 

    What can you do to help?
    We are already seeing a spike in need and donations from the community are important. At this time, we are asking people to make an online donation at www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org or mail in a donation to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf - 2544 Mounds View Blvd. Mounds View, MN  55112. For every dollar you donate, we can purchase up to $8.00 worth of food. Plus, Minnesota Foodshare is matching a portion of all donations received at food shelves through April 30. While we love volunteers, we are not currently accepting any new volunteers at this time. Should we have any service interruptions or changes to our hours it will be posted on our Facebook page as well as on or our website at www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org.  

  • Mental health resources 

    Frequent and rapid changes around this newly discovered virus can feel overwhelming. Here are some resources from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). 

    • NAMI's hotline is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.
      Call 800-950-6264