Alachua County Community Resources

Community Resources

FREE Tax Help

Free online and drop-off tax preparation services are now available thanks to United Way and H&R Block.

Community Meetings

Board of County Commissioners
Upcoming Meetings
Past Meetings (Video/Minutes)

City of Gainesville
Communications Office (Live streaming and archives of Telephone Town Halls)
City Commission Videos (including upcoming meeting dates/agendas)

Summer BreakSpot

Summer BreakSpot provides free grab and go meals to kids and teens while schools are closed. 

Grab and go meals and social distancing measures are in effect at Summer BreakSpot sites.

Three ways to find a site:

  • Search the map on their website
  • Dial 2-1-1
  • Text FOODFL to 877-877

Florida Department of Health

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and show symptoms, contact your healthcare provider or County Health Department immediately.

Main Site - Gainesville
224 SE 24th Street
Gainesville, FL 32641
Call: 352-334-7900
Email: WebInfoAlachua@flhealth.gov

Fearnside
3600 NE 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
Call: 352-258-5093

Resources

Below you will find a variety of resources for Alachua County residents in reference to Covid-19:

The Community Resource Portal for Alachua County provides a variety of helpful resources to residents.

Ask a question or request assistance from Alachua County.

School Bus WIFI hotspots are providing free internet access to students in the community. School Bus WiFi will be available at about 50 sites throughout Alachua County for three hours every weekday. Students within about 150-200 feet of the bus, either at home or in a vehicle, will be able to access the network school bus wifi.  A password will not be needed, but the district is requesting that people limit the use of the network for distance learning ONLY. 

List of 'Hot Spot' sites and schedule

School Board of Alachua County - Updates

Catholic Charities food pantry is open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is closed on Fridays. Clients can receive a 3-day supply of food once a month. Check them out on Facebook for more information.

Peaceful Paths remains open to serve the community. Their office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can contact them by phone (352) 377-5690 or text (352) 727-0948. They also offer a 24-hour hotline (352) 377-8255. You can also reach them on Facebook.

Elder Options and the SHINE program are offering free virtual classes on Medicare topics.

Central Florida Community Action Agency Offices are currently closed to the public. However, they still remain available to assist clients via an online application process. For access to the FastTrack Online Application link and requirements, please look under the CFCAA homepage under “Agency Updates.”

Florida has been approved for Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. The P-EBT program is a supplemental benefit for households with children who temporarily lost access to free and reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. Families eligible to receive free or reduced-priced school meals will automatically receive the P-EBT benefit during the month of June, no further action is needed from recipients at this time. For the latest updates regarding P-EBT, please visit  their website. Please allow the state to fully issue all P-EBT benefits by June 30, 2020, before inquiring about your benefit status.

Palms Medical Group is offering free sports physicals for all athletes in June and July at all PMG locations. Call to schedule your appointment at (888) 730-2374 between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Resource Centers

Partnership for Strong Families' three resource centers in Alachua County are open, but please call before visiting a resource center. 

Staff members can assist callers over the phone to best determine how to meet their needs. For patrons who visit in person, PFSF staff are taking additional precautions, including a brief risk screening for patrons before dispensing on-site services, limiting group activities involving more than 10 participants, and changing the format of some services, such as food distribution, to reduce patron contact with one another. 

Library Partnership Resource Center, 912 N.E. 16th Ave., Gainesville, 352-334-0160

Here are some current services available at the Library Partnership Resource Center:

  • Paper unemployment applications are available on a grab-and-go basis. For individuals who are experiencing difficulty or are unable to complete online unemployment applications, paper applications are available that already have the postage paid on them.
  • Online Sign-up or Call-in for Food Distribution - is currently available this week until slots are filled. They plan to serve approximately 85 families. Food distribution will occur on Friday, June 12th between 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Patrons can easily sign-up from any device.
    • For patrons wishing to sign-up by calling (352) 334-0160 instead need to speak to a person to sign-up for a pick-up time slot. If calling for food do not leave a voicemail. All food provided will be by sign-up only not first come first served, to avoid issues with social distancing.
  • Notary Service: Free notary service returns and will be available at the Library Partnership, Wednesday June 10th from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Patrons must have an ID.

Cone Park Library Resource Center, 2801 East University Ave., Gainesville, 352-334-0456

SWAG Family Resource Center, 807 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville, 352-505-6823

Please also visit the Partnership for Strong Families Facebook page for the latest information. They also have a page on their website for ongoing Covid-19 updates.