Alachua County Community 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.
Alachua County Emergency Order
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.
School Board of Alachua County - Updates
Children 18 years old and younger can receive free breakfast and lunch from Alachua County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department. Meals will continue while schools are closed. There are 78 distribution sites throughout Alachua County.
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.
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.
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.
- Call-in Food Distribution - currently available until slots are filled. Those interested should call-in to (352) 334-0160 during business hours and speak to a person to sign-up for a pick-up time slow. Please do not leave a voicemail to sign-up. There will be no walk-ups to avoid issues with social distancing. Food distribution will occur on Friday, May 22nd between 1:00pm-3:00pm.
- Covid-19 Impacted Families and Individuals - assistance is available for individuals who have lost employment or lost hours due to Covid-19. Families may call (352) 334-0160 to request assistance with resources available at the Library Partnership Resource Center or in the community.
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