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Resources in the Community During COVID-19

Updated June 3, 2021

Many families in our community need extra support right now. Children’s Mercy has gathered resources for Kansas and Missouri families who need assistance with food, transportation and other basics during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please remember to use caution in public, allowing social distancing and practicing good handwashing.

While we will do our best to keep this list up to date, this is a rapidly changing situation. Please contact the organizations directly with questions about their services.

General Resources in the Kansas City Area

Quarantines, stay at home orders and lockdowns are terms that we are all hearing now and it can make life challenging for families. Children's Mercy is here to help with some ideas about activities and resources that can get you through an unusual period of modern American history. Don’t forget that all of us have a great deal more strength and creativity than we know. Difficult times can bring that out in us, just like they did in past world wars, epidemics, and political upheaval.

We have designed this toolkit to give everyone some ideas about where to look for basic resources like food and housing, activities for your family to keep everyone energized, connected and creative and what to do with those family members who may have special needs.

Visit to find a variety of assistance programs in your community.

Comeback KC is a private/public collaboration to create a unified strategy and message to help the entire Kansas City region make a comeback from COVID-19.

Comeback KC is coordinating with public health departments in the Kansas City metro to build testing and contact tracing capacity so that the community can safely reopen the city and its economy. Visit Comeback KC.

Food Resources in the Kansas City Area

Children’s Mercy participates in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. A free meal for kids ages 1 through 18 is available on specified days and times at participating sites through Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. Meals are “grab and go” and do not need to be eaten on-site.

To learn about when and where meals are offered, please see below.

Children’s Mercy Adele Hall Campus
2401 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 66103

  • Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fresh sack lunch and allergy-free meal available at the moon desk.
  • Fresh produce bags available on Wednesdays while supply lasts.
  • If you do not have an appointment at Adele Hall:
    • Come to the circle drive at the front of the hospital.
    • Call (816) 234-3000, ext. 57480 upon arrival to let a volunteer know how many meals you need.
    • Let the valet know you are there to pick up the free sack lunch. The valet will bring the sack lunch(es) to you.

Children’s Mercy Clinics on Broadway
3101 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111

  • Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • No meal service July 5, 2021.
  • Fresh sack lunch and allergy-free meal available.
  • Fresh produce bags available on Tuesdays and Thursdays while supply lasts.

Children’s Mercy East
20300 E Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64057

  • Monday through Thursday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., ends July 31, 2021.
  • Non-perishable meal available.

Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas
5808 W 110th St, Overland Park, KS 66211

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • No meal service July 5, 2021.
  • Non-perishable meal available.

Children’s Mercy Northland
501 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155

  • Tuesday through Thursday, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
  • Non-perishable meal available.

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Lunches are supported in part by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Harvesters provides mobile food distribution, food pantries, and other hunger relief services for families in the Kansas City area. Call (877) 353-6639 for more information.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many community organizations are providing free meals. The Local Investment Commission has an updated list where meals are available: 

Transportation and Lodging

Anyone can travel for free on Ride KC buses to access essential services. While all residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and stay home unless absolutely necessary, bus service will continue to be available at no charge for those who work in essential jobs or have to make necessary trips to the store or medical appointments.

Medicaid/MO HealthNet members – Find contact information on the MO HealthNet website or call 1-866-269-5927 for transportation/gas reimbursement or lodging needs.

Missouri Care members – Call MTM directly for lodging and transportation/gas reimbursement options at 1-800-695-5791.

Home State members - Call MTM for transportation/gas reimbursement at 1-866-455-2097.

United Healthcare members - Call MTM for transportation/gas reimbursement at 1-844-529-1801.

Aetna Better Health members - For transportation/gas reimbursement needs, call 1-866-252-5634. For lodging needs, contact member services and request to speak with a case manager.

Sunflower members - For transportation/gas reimbursement needs and lodging needs, call 1-877-917-8163.

United Healthcare members - For transportation/gas reimbursement needs and lodging needs, call 1-877-796-5847.

Mental and Physical Health 

Many people are experiencing a significant amount of emotional and mental stress at this time. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, do not hesitate to seek support. Below are resources for you:

Social distancing measures increase isolation and danger for domestic violence survivors. Everyone deserves a safe home. There is hope, there is help.

Contact the Metro Hotline at (816) HOTLINE or (816) 468-5469, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-SAFE or 1 (800) 799-7233.

Other resources: