Community Resources

Community Resources

Those able are encouraged to continue supporting the community service providers who are providing direct services for vulnerable populations. United Way of the Midlands and Central Carolina Community foundation have set up funds for COVID10 Response funds focused on assisting those in this community affected by income or job loss to assist with basic needs including food, emergency sheltering and longer term needs for rent, utilities and other needs.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross needs blood drives to run as planned and healthy individuals are urged to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood products amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Blood Drives are an essential service and The American Red Cross has implemented additional screening and safety precautions.

Amercan Red Cross of Central South Carolina

Central SC Chapter
2751 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Office: (803) 540-1200

Aiken Area Office
Phone:(803) 641-4152

Orangeburg Office
2570 St. Matthews Road
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Phone:(803) 534-5735

Sumter Office
200 Miller Road
Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: (803) 775-2363

Click here to find a local drive.

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Ways You Can Help:

  • Make a monetary donation - every little bit makes a difference.
  • Make a purchase on our Amazon Wishlist - all items are sent directly to our branches without you having to go out and shop.
  • Host a virtual food drive - Gather your colleagues, team members, organization or church members and host a virtual food drive. You don’t have to leave your house to shop and you can still help our neighbors in need. Email fooddrives@harvesthope.org to start today.
  • Sign up to be a Crisis Volunteer at our Midlands branch here.

School District Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Click here to view the current local school district breakfast and lunch distribution programs.

The Cooperative Ministry

The Cooperative Ministry provides short-term crisis assistance through the services, below. Clicking on the button will take you to a page with more information about each of these services.

Mission Lexington (formerly Lexington Interfaith Community Services)

Unprecedented moments of crisis can affect anyone, at any time. None of us are exempt. And the compassion that comes from a neighbor’s helping hand is often the road that leads to recovery. Facing a crisis? Call or stop by their office at: (803) 957-6656, They are located 216 Harmon Street, Lexington, SC 29072.

Services provided:

Basic Human Needs
Food (Crisis and Supplemental)
Clothing
Financial Assistance (Rent, Mortgage, Utilities)
Prescription Medication Vouchers
Baby Essentials
School Supplies
Fire Recovery

Click here to volunteer.

The People's Pantry

Phone: (803) 260-7114
E-mail: Peoplespantry803@gmail.com

The Salvation Army

Social Services & Food Pantry

The Salvation Army of the Midlands staff is assisting individuals and families with rent, utilities and housing whose income has decreased or ended as a direct result of COVID-19. There Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday at 10 am at their office which is  located at 3024 Farrow Road for people needing food assistance, clothing vouchers or furniture vouchers.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are still needed but operating on a limited capacity. For more information, please call Lisa Huffman (803) 309-0436 or lisa.huffman@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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Senior Resources

Lexington County: Senior citizens in Lexington County could be eligible to receive free meals at home each week during the coronavirus pandemic through the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission’s Meals On Wheels. The program offers free and reduced-price meal delivery for county residents 60 and older, and those who are home-bound or unable to prepare food. During the coronavirus pandemic, LCRAC is making its eligibility requirements “more flexible” in order to help more seniors in need,

Those who qualify receive five meals delivered once a week, for no charge. Don’t know if you qualify? Call 803-356-5111 and ask for a community resource specialist who can conduct an intake interview over the phone.

Richland County: Senior Resources is offering five free meals per week to all seniors living in Richland County. The Emergency Senior Nutrition Meal Distribution plan will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In order to be eligible, people must be at least 60 years old and be a Richland County resident. They must also have a state-issued ID and provide their name, address and phone number at pickup. People taking meals to seniors can also make the pickup. Each meal pack will contain five meals for the week. Individuals will be limited to one pack per week.

The packs will be distributed at 12 locations using a drive-thru system. Meals can be picked up from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a limit of two packs per car.

On Mondays, meals will be distributed at:

  • Richland Library Edgewood, 2101 Oak St, Columbia, SC 29204
  • Richland Library St Andrews, 2916 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210
  • Richland Library Southeast, 7421 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209
  • Hopkins Park, 150 Hopkins Park Road, Hopkins, SC 29061

On Wednesdays, meals will be distributed at:

  • Richland Library Blythewood, 218 McNulty St, Blythewood, SC 29016
  • Lutheran Seminary/Lenoir-Rhyne Univ., 1100 Wildewood Ave, Columbia, SC 29203
  • Richland Library Northeast, 7490 Parklane Rd Columbia, SC 29223
  • Richland Library Eastover, 608 Main St, Eastover, SC 29044

On Fridays, meals will be distributed at:

  • Richland Library Ballentine, 1200 Dutch Fork Rd, Irmo, SC 29063
  • Richland Library Sandhills, 763 Fashion Dr, Columbia, SC 29229
  • Richland Library Cooper, 5317 North Trenholm Rd, Columbia, SC 29206
  • Gasden Community Center, 1668 S Goodwin Cir, Gadsden, SC 29052

United Way of the Midlands

One South Carolina Fund


Utilities

Dominion Energy

  • Dominion Energy has suspended all service disconnects
  • If your service was previously shut off for nonpayment, please  contact themand they will work with you to restore your service.

Personal Finances

Insurance

Insurance companies are doing what they can to help also! Many insurance companies are pausing cancellations due to non-payment of policies until April 30, 2020.If you are paying on any type of loan, contact your lender directly and see if they can offer a deferment of your payments. Federal Student Loans, large mortgage companies, and many other financial institutions are working to help their clients through this difficult time.

Banks and Other Financial Institutions

Ally Bank
Bank of America
Capital One
Chase
Citibank
Discover
Fifth Third Bank
Marcus by Goldman Sachs
PNC Bank
Truist
U.S. Bank
Wells Fargo

Also, search your bank here: https://www.aba.com/about-us/press-room/industry-response-coronavirus

Source: Forbes.com

Restaurants

Click here for a list of restaurants that are open for business in Columbia.