This post includes information on how Grant County residents can receive different kinds of help during the coronavirus pandemic and shutdowns.
This post will be updated regularly, as more information becomes available.
If you have an item you would like to see listed below, please email the details to Chaylee Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Food for Students:
Marion Community Schools:
We will be doing a weekly grab-and-go food pick-up at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays (3/18, 3/25, 4/1) at the Justice Intermediate School parking lot. This will be a school week’s worth of food distributed once a week. Entrance will be on Miller Avenue.
Food is available for all who have school-age children and teens at home in Marion, as supplies last. We appreciate your patience as we put this new plan in place and work to find the best way forward in this unprecedented situation. — https://www.marion.k12.in.us/mcs-coronafrvirus-covid-19-information?fbclid=IwAR029TEml0uFlEUqON_Bz7AtpHrjGOU-AyRYBAAbaX9fMYqNN75VPlltHYY
Update from Marion Schools:
Traffic route for Marion Community Schools food distribution 3/25
The next Marion Community Schools food distribution will take place on Wednesday, March 25, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Justice Intermediate School.
The traffic pattern has been CHANGED from the previous distribution. To better serve our school community, please familiarize yourself with the following route. The ONLY way to get in the correct distribution line is to come in heading west on Kem Road from the Bypass.
The entrance will be at Kendall Elementary. There will be signs to follow, and you must comply with directions from MCS staff and any law enforcement or emergency personnel.
For those traveling to the food distribution or traveling in the area, please be aware that during afternoon hours through evening hours, the following roads will be closed. (NOTE: Emergency officials will allow access for residents on the closed roads.)
- Miller Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Bradford Street and Kem Road.
- Kem Road will be closed to thru traffic between Miller Avenue and Guinevere Drive.
Thank you to our community for your patience as we serve all of you within the greater Marion Community Schools family. We love our families. We miss you!
You will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches per package per child. Free to all children 18 years old or younger.
Pick up will be available at Mississinewa High School Door 9 OR Westview Elementary School Door 3 from 10:00AM – Noon OR 4:00 – 6:00PM on MONDAY , MARCH 16, 2020
If assistance or other times are needed, please call Amanda Worrick at 765-677-4423.
Please fill out the Meal Pick Up Form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvf0MUIwagLwRLqa9HVmzAyBCWH0akpy4nKAzz5WWX55qGfw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR00Ey28THF2mUt6uWIbiijTWIu0fQ7MX5JQNxpZYmLw8doiKxqDg1bNe5M
Update from Mississinewa Schools:
- Food Distribution schedule will continue on Mondays.
- eLearning is set begin on April 14. It will be 3 days/week (Tues-Wed-Thurs)
- School expected to resume Monday May 4.
- Schools will contact parents with instructions on eLearning and devices.
Madison-Grant United School Corporation:
There will be two food distributions for MG students on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Audience: MG students in grades PK–12
Items: Four (4) breakfasts and four (4) lunches
Format: Curbside pick-up (items delivered to your vehicle)
Times: 11:30 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m.
Location: Summitville Elementary on Broadway Street (car-rider drop-off/pick-up area)
Location: Park Elementary (car-rider drop-off/pick-up on south side of the building)
Next date: Tuesday, March 31 – details to follow – http://www.mgusc.k12.in.us/COVID-19Updates
1701 S. Western Ave, Marion
From Second Harvest Food Bank:
The parent company of Spectrum, Charter Communications, is offering the following benefits during the coronavirus pandemic:
- Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
- Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
- Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.
For more information on this officer, you can call 1-844-488-8395
The following information comes from the Comcast website:
Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:
- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
- Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
- No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
- Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
- News, Information and Educational Content on X1: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus. Just say “Coronavirus” into your X1 or Flex voice remote.
- 24×7 Network Monitoring: Underpinning all of these efforts, Comcast’s technology and engineering teams will continue to work tirelessly to support our network operations. We engineer our network capacity to handle spikes and shifts in usage patterns, and continuously test, monitor and enhance our systems and network to ensure they are ready to support customer usage. Our engineers and technicians staff our network operations centers 24/7 to ensure network performance and reliability. We are monitoring network usage and watching the load on the network both nationally and locally, and to date it is performing well.
For more information, check out the Comcast website here: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
Google Arts & Culture:
Check out different museums and galleries online: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?fbclid=IwAR39fuM4V9ehH5E2l2jbRhHpcQXxVBV2EwR9bK8hllnB9e5bIrpyHlJ3E0E
Scholastic Learn at Home:
“Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.”
Hoosiers needing to apply for unemployment benefits at this time are being asked to do so online, as opposed to visiting your local WorkOne office.
For more information from the state about unemployment during COVID-19, you can visit this state website: https://www.in.gov/dwd/19.htm
Here is the link to the website where you can file: https://www.in.gov/dwd/3474.htm
Food & Beverage Industry Workers:
This is the message put out on Monday by WorkOne:
If you are a food & beverage industry worker (restaurant, bar, etc.) who has been laid off due to the impact of the current Covid-19 situation and need information on filing for unemployment benefits, contact the Department of Workforce Development at 1-800-891-6499 or use this link for information and to file from home: https://www.in.gov/dwd/2362.htm
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program:
Provides assistance to bartenders, bar backs, and cocktail servers during the coronavirus outbreak. You do not need to be a member of USBG to get help.