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Meals on Wheels is continuing to offer curbside lunches at senior centers in Boise, Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa that are closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Canceled: The Fruitland Alumni Reunion Committee has canceled the June 2020 All-School reunion because of the coronavirus outbreak. The committee will take a recess until September and then begin planning for a reunion on June 25-27, 2021. High school classes of 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 will be honored at the 2021 reunion.

Sparklight announced it has donated $300,000 in support of COVID-19 relief. Sparklight and the other Cable One family of brands have donated $150,000 to the Meals on Wheels America COVID-19 Response Fund. Donations to local food banks, including a $20,000 donation to the Western Idaho Food Bank in Boise, have also been made.

“Sparklight has set an example for others by helping us to ensure America’s vulnerable seniors will continue to receive the meals they desperately need amid this national crisis,” Kristine Templin, chief development officer for Meals on Wheels America, said in a press release.

A community-wide Virtual Easter Egg Hunt is taking place through social posts and e-newsletters. Participates are directed to go to www.IdaHOPE.org where they find a map to start their own virtual Easter egg hunt with 18 organizations and counting. Participants can click on any egg map marker to take them to an organization page to hunt for an egg. Participants who collect six eggs can be entered to win a prize donated by the community partners. The hunt will go through Easter Sunday, April 12. The event is put on in partnership by Shannon Decker, executive director of the Speedy Foundation, and Colbi Twiss, marketing manager of the Children’s Home Society of Idaho, and other participating organizations.

This week The Salvation Army Treasure Valley Corps provided food boxes to 1,195 families, including through home delivery.

  • Boise's drive-thru food service is available noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Mondays and Fridays are utilized to sanitize and restock the food pantry. We have a food delivery service available in Ada County. The Salvation Army Treasure Valley Corps also offers assistance with utilities. For more information call 208-343-5429.
  • The Nampa Salvation Army has extended its Emergency Community Family Shelter to currently housed residents through the end of May and is committed to housing needs during the Covid-19 crisis. The Day Resource Center is continuing to provide Grab & Go lunches daily at 1412 Fourth St. S.from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The Nampa Food Pantry will continue to distribute food boxes Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 403 12th Ave. S. Nampa. We are distributing boxes at the door. The Nampa Corps serves the cities of Nampa, Homedale, Huston, Marsing, Melba and Murphy. For questions, please contact The Salvation Army Nampa office at 208-467-6586.
  • Caldwell's drive-thru pantry continues 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, and food and toiletries boxes and games and crafts continue to be be delivered. Diapers and wipes are available as requested through the food pantry hours as well. Utility assistance is also amiable in Caldwell. Call 208-459-2011.

"The Salvation Army in Boise, Nampa and Caldwell needs your support to be able to continue to provide needed services throughout this pandemic," the organization stated in a press release. "Because we are being called to go above and beyond in this time of need, we anticipate a greater need for funding to maintain our service to the community. We anticipate a significant increase in emergency assistance for low-wage employees who may be temporarily laid off due to the coronavirus."

This could include rent or mortgage and utility assistance. For more information visit: https://salarmy.us/COVID-19Services.

Fred Meyer will limit the number of customers to 50% of the international building code’s calculated capacity to allow for proper physical distancing in every store. As an illustration, the standard building capacity for a grocery store is one person per 60 square feet; the change would increase that to one per 120 square feet. This is to compliment other safety measures, including protective face masks and gloves for associates, adding plexiglass partitions and waived delivery fees for prescriptions.

FINANCIAL HELP

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is offering to connect residents who have had an unexpected significant change in income that may be ongoing for the foreseeable future. Information about the SNAP benefits food program, meal delivery for seniors, help with health insurance and more are available through this resource. Call 1-877-456-1233 or visit www.livebetteridaho.org.

AARP Community Connections is a new online platform — www.aarpcommunityconnections.org — that will allow users to organize and find local volunteer groups to help pick up groceries, provide financial assistance or lend emotional support to neighbors, friends and loved ones. Users are able to request a call from an AARP volunteer, or a trained counselor, among other services. AARP Community Connections is free to use, and AARP membership is not required.

Idaho 2-1-1 CareLine is a program of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare that provides a robust database offering free or low-cost programs and services such as social services, medical assistance, food and clothing, daycare options, emergency shelter and more.

United Way of Treasure Valley has created a Community Resource Page, in partnership with dozens of local entities, highlighting housing assistance, childcare assistance, health care, resources for educators and parents, transportation assistance, and more. Visit www.unitedwaytv.org.

FOOD AND MEALS

The Idaho Foodbank is collaborating with Boise Centre and the Idaho National Guard to build special food boxes for Idaho children. Normally these students would receive a special package of food every Friday as part of Idaho Food Bank's Backpack Program, a bag of nutritious food to help get children through the weekend. These prepared food boxes contain the equivalent of five backpacks built by the Idaho National Guard and civilian volunteers, Boise Centre announced in a press release. Boise Centre is also providing the Idaho Foodbank warehouse and volunteer space the entire month of April.

Boise Farmers Market will open as a drive-thru farmers market at 1500 Shoreline Drive Saturday, April 11. Online pickup window reservations and online ordering are now available, Boise Farmers Market announced Tuesday in a press release. The Boise Farmers Market drive-thru will allow our customers to shop online from the beginning of the day Monday thru the end of the day Wednesday, then pick up their order on Saturday during their chosen pickup window. Customer capacity is 400 orders during the first week. At this time only essential foods such as produce, meat, eggs, dairy, bread and pasta will be offered. More information is available at https://theboisefarmersmarket.com.

Care House Partnerships Food Bank continues to be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12:30-4 p.m. at 1524 Sixth St. S. in Nampa.

The Boys & Girls Clubs will serve grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to any child ages 1-18 while supplies last at locations in Boise, Garden City, Meridian and Nampa. Find out more at www.adaclubs.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County also has sites for emergency child care relief amid the COVID-19 crisis for health care workers, first responders and essential personnel. All-day child care services (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays) will cost $6 per day. Enrollment for children of health care workers, first responders and essential personnel is also available at any of the Clubs located in Boise, Meridian, Garden City and Kuna. Go to www.adaclubs.org to find contact information for the Clubs.

The Idaho Food Bank continues to operate. Contact the main warehouse in Boise at 208-336-9643.

The Boise School District is offering free grab-and-go meals at six sites 11 a.m. to noon weekdays. The school district has also added busing meals to families around the same time. Visit https://www.boiseschools.org for more information.

The Caldwell School District will offer free meals for children from 10-11 a.m. through Friday at schools and parks. The child must be present to receive meals and does not have to be a Caldwell School District student. Adults may buy a sack meal for $4. Locations are listed at caldwellschools.org.

Canyon Springs High School food pantry, 516 N. 11th Ave., Caldwell will still be available to students, according to Caldwell School District’s Facebook page. Please email lvelasquez@caldwellschools.org to arrange a time.

Big Box Outlet Store at 352 Caldwell Blvd. in Nampa is offering free lunch for school-age children from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Kuna School District will offer free, grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for children weekdays until schools reopen. Pick up is from 11 a.m. to noon at Ross Elementary, Reed Elementary and Kuna High School. Children do not need to be enrolled in the district to receive a free meal, but they need to be present to receive it.

The Nampa School District is serving free meals at sites from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The school district is now busing meals to families as well. Visit https://www.nsd131.org for more information.

West Ada School District is offering free breakfast & lunch combo meals for children ages 1-18. Meals will be provided 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays via drive-thru in school bus lanes and a designated area in front of the school for walk-up Grab-N-Go meals. Children must be present to receive a free meal; parents may not pick up free meals for their children. If a parent would like to pick up additional meals for children not present at pick up s $5 per combo meal charge will be applied. Exact change is required.

Meals on Wheels “curbside” meals at senior centers: Though senior centers throughout the Treasure Valley are temporarily closed, Metro Meals on Wheels will continue to provide “curbside” meals there.

Seniors in Boise and Meridian can still pick up lunch with curbside service offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays at Boise’s Dick Eardley Senior Center, 690 Robbins Road, and the Meridian Senior Center, 1920 N. Records Way.

Seniors in Caldwell and Nampa are asked to call 208-459-0132 (if in Caldwell) or 208-467-7266 (if in Nampa) beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday to order. Residents are encouraged to “keep trying” if the line is busy. Meals will be available for pickup at the Caldwell Senior Center, 1009 Everett St., and the Nampa Senior Center, 207 Constitution Way, Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over, and a $5 charge for under 60.

Meals On Wheels delivery will continue to be delivered to seniors in Canyon County at the usual time each day. Meals will be placed in a plastic bag with handles and hung on the door of the residence. After knocking or ringing the doorbell, the deliverer will wait to be sure that the meal is taken inside. For more information contact 208-454-8142.

WAYS TO GIVE

COVID-19 Response Fund for Idaho: www.idahocf.org/covid-19. Created in partnership through The Idaho Community Foundation, United Way of Treasure Valley and Idaho Nonprofit Center.

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations, the website states. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Visit redcross.org for information.

Metro Meals on Wheels: metromealsonwheels.net.

The Salvation Army: boise.salvationarmy.org.

PMR Gives Back, the charitable arm of Premier Mortgage Resources LLC in Meridian, has launched an outreach campaign to help those who are struggling in the Boise area as a result of COVID-19. The charity will match financial donations, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 to feed as many families as possible through the Idaho Foodbank. The drive will launch as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. In addition, Christopher Bruce, a loan officer with Premier Mortgage Resources, is organizing STEM packages and book donations for students, which are being distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to families in need at local schools. For more information visit pmrloans.com/giveback.

West Valley Humane Society in Canyon County is reaching out to the public with concerns about how the COVID-19 outbreak will impact animal welfare and people’s ability to adopt a pet or afford their pet’s needs. The shelter is accepting donations at westvalleyhumanesociety.org/COVID.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently advising residents to obtain or make a face covering from cloth, such as from old shirts or bandannas, and wear it when going out in public places, such as the grocery store or pharmacy, especially in areas where there is significant community-based transmission. The CDC maintains surgical masks or N95 respirators must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders. More information about why wearing a cloth face covering is recommended and how to make one is available at https://www.cdc.gov and in the April 7 edition of the Idaho Press.

Idaho State University announced it is now offering mental health services through video conferencing. Through a Community Health Improvement Fund grant from St. Luke’s Hospital, Idaho State’s Meridian campus was able to obtain required telehealth certification and laptop computers for virtual counseling sessions. The grant will also cover regional travel and project evaluation. To reach the Meridian Counseling Clinic call 208-373-1719 or visit www.isu.edu/clinics/counseling-meridian.

Healthwise is a local nonprofit health education company. It has created a COVID-19 resource center with plain language, evidence-based articles, videos, infographics, and more. The website is at healthwise.org.

The Idaho Office of the Attorney General has information about seeing and reporting COVID-19 related scams, Idaho's Price Gauging Law, frequently asked questions about the law and more on the website: ag.idaho.gov/office-resources/covid-19.

Business loans: Idaho small businesses impacted by coronavirus can now access federal disaster loans. Small businesses, private nonprofit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the coronavirus since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster had not occurred. The deadline to apply is Dec. 21, 2020. For more information, commerce.idaho.gov/covid-19.

Caldwell city officials have collaborated to offer additional support to local businesses. By working with local businesses, Caldwell officials hope to provide assistance where they need it, such as temporarily changing right-of-way laws, modifying parking spaces or changing signage to ensure easier pickup for customers. Businesses are encouraged to contact the Caldwell City Clerk, Debbie Geyer, for questions and assistance that they would deem the most helpful: dgeyer@cityofcaldwell.org.

Blue Cross of Idaho has waived all member cost-sharing for testing and treatment of COVID-19. The expansion covers cost-share treatment received through June 30, and is offered at no additional premium cost.

Idaho Humane Society has launched a Stray Pets online portal that shows animals brought in from the public and humane society officers. These animals are being housed at the Idaho Humane Society.

The Idaho Youth Ranch is now offering video therapy options for new and existing clients, and telephone options for families without access to internet or video-capable devices. Idaho Youth Ranch is continuing to take new clients, according to the press release. To schedule an appointment, call the help line at 208-947-0863 or request an appointment online at www.youthranch.org/get-help. Idaho Youth Ranch is asking the public to stop dropping donations at thrift stores’ back doors during the COVID-19 crisis as employees are not on site.

West Valley Humane Society is moving to adoptions by appointment only. Start the process at westvalleyhumanesociety.org/adoptions. Once the adoption application is submitted, West Valley Humane Society will connect to schedule a visit. Multiple adopters will not be in the building at one time.

Please note: All resources will continue to be assessed and updated as more information about the novel coronavirus becomes available.

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