Local agencies available for COVID assistance

If you need help due to Covid-19 closings, these nearby agencies may be able to help you.   

Library Partnership Resource Center; 912 NE 9TH Avenue; Gainesville, 32601

The Resource Center is providing continued services and connections to resources to assist individuals and families meet their needs.   Please call (352) 334-0160 in advance to make an appointment or to inquire about food, clothing, and basic needs resources. Paper Unemployment Applications are available on a grab-and-go basis. For individuals experiencing difficulty or are unable to complete online unemployment applications, they have paper ones that already have the postage paid on them.

For ongoing COVID-19 updates please visit:  http://www.pfsf.org/covid19/

The Library Partnership Resource Center is open to patrons with minimal limitations in place. To help ensure public safety, they will be taking additional precautions to include a brief risk screening for patrons before allowing participation with on-site services, eliminating 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.

Monday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

These hours are subject to change, so please check their Facebook page for any updates. Again, we encourage everyone to call the Resource Center (352) 334-0160 before making a visit so that they can make sure they are able to meet your needs.

**UPDATE** Food DistributionOnline Sign-up or Call-in for Food Distribution – is currently available this week until slots are filled. We plan to serve approximately 85 families. Food distribution will occur on Friday, July 10th  between 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Patrons can easily sign-up from any device using this link:  https://form.jotform.com/lpresourcecenter/food-distribution-july-10th-2020

For patrons wishing to sign-up by calling 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. Please share this information with individuals and families who you know have food needs.        Call (352) 334-0160 to speak to a person to sign-up during open business hours

Notary Service:  Free notary service returns and will be available at the Library Partnership, Wednesday, July 8th from 2:30pm – 4:30pm.  Patrons must have an ID.

Strong Kids Summer Program - Sign-ups Available for children who have completed grades 1st – 5th. The program is focused on academics (math & literacy) and enrichment (martial arts, acting, and youth resiliency). Children must be income eligible.  Please call (352) 334-0160 for more info or to pick-up an application.


Cone Park Library Resource Center: 352-318-1486 * Calls only – lobby closed.

Please call between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. You can leave a message and the Resource Center Manager, Erica Reed, will return calls as soon as possible

Catholic Charities Gainesville; 1701 NE 9TH Street; Gainesville, Florida, 32609
Food distribution
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatholicCharitiesGainesville/

Lobby: Mon - Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm
Food Pantry: Mon – Thurs 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need help making ends meet during this difficult time please call for assistanceThey have set up an emergency relief fund for those most impacted by COVID 19.  If you would like to donate food or resources, you can donate any time by visiting their website or checks can be mailed directly to them.


CareerSource North Central Florida
Gainesville Career Center
; 10 NW 6TH Street; Gainesville, FL 32601

352-955-2245 Job-searching, Unemployment assistance     

To help ease delays encountered by those filing for Reemployment Assistance, paper applications will be available for curbside pickup at both CareerSource North Central Florida career centers. The forms will be supplied Monday-Friday from 10 am to 3pm.  Staff are available to assist job seeking and other customers and employers via email and through the following telephone numbers:

Job seekers: 352-955-2245

For Welfare Transition and SNAP: 352-244-5143

Employers can be assisted by calling:
The Gainesville Chamber

Posted by CindyB on July 7, 2020