The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented mass-unemployment event, with millions of people suddenly and unexpectedly out of work as a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19. Across the country, response to the coronavirus outbreak has effectively shut down full sectors of the economy. As a result, millions of people are experiencing a sudden and complete loss of income, and are turning to safety net benefits programs and local organizations offering free to low-cost programs to ease the burden. Our Food and Social Services web-page has information for local organizations helping the community during these hard times.

Food Assistance

RGV Food Bank

(956) 682-8101

Food Assistance

RGV Food Bank for Seniors Only: Thursday 9:30 am to 11:30 am. (First come first serve)
RGV Food Bank Emergency Food: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 am to 5 pm.
RGV Food Bank also has a senior commodity program for low-income individuals over age 60.

Salvation Army of Harlingen

(956) 423-2454

119 E. Monroe Avenue, Harlingen, TX 78550

The Salvation Army helps cure hunger daily by providing nutritious meals to anyone in need. This includes homeless people of all ages, as well as individuals and families who may be down on their luck and in need of some extra assistance.

Salvation Army of McAllen

(956) 682-1468

1600 N. 23rd Street, McAllen, TX 78501

The Salvation Army helps cure hunger daily by providing nutritious meals to anyone in need. This includes homeless people of all ages, as well as individuals and families who may be down on their luck and in need of some extra assistance.

Amigos Del Valle, Inc.

(956) 213-9400

Hidalgo, Willacy, Cameron

Monday and Wednesday- One hot meal and one cold meal served

Fridays- One hot meal served

Meals on Wheels call 956-581-9494- meal delivery for participants or any low-income individual in Hidalgo or Cameron County.

Abundant Grace

(956) 381-0622

2110 S. McColl, Edinburg, TX

Only provides assistance for a few days; do not go in every day

Feed My Sheep - BT Church

(956) 686-5296

2001 Trenton Rd, McAllen, TX

Need to provide a utility bill & ID

Open from 9 AM till 10:30 AM.

Will be distributing on April 2nd and April 16th

Vera Naumann Family Pantry - Loaves and Fishes

(956) 423-1014

514 South E Street, Harlingen, Texas 78550

Fully operational at this time and provides assistance with rent or utilities, and food bags. Agency also has a community nurse Monday through Friday.

Good Neighbor Settlement House, Inc.

(956) 542-2368

1254 East Tyler Street, Brownsville, Texas, 78520

Provides services for the homeless such as them taking a shower, getting a clean pair of clothes, and 3 meals.

Bishop Enrique

(956) 831-6331

656 N. Minnesota Ave, Brownsville, TX

Must live within the area and call on April 1st

*Only take 10 people a month

Abundant Life Church

(956) 425-1696

101 N. O St., Harlingen, TX

Will be open on April 1-2 starting at 3:30 PM

Faith Pleases God Church

(956) 412-5600

4501 W Expy 83, Harlingen, TX 78552

Food distribution every Friday from 8 AM till 1 PM

Food Stamps

Call 211

Food Assistance

To apply for Food Stamps in Texas, call 211 or apply online at https://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/Home

Harmony School of Innovation - Brownsville

(956) 544-1348

3451 Dana Ave., Brownsville, TX

Harmony School of Innovation will now only be serving meals on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Harmony School of Innovation Brownsville.

IDEA Brownsville

(956) 832-5150

4395 Paredes Line Rd., Brownsville, TX

Beginning Monday, April 6, all IDEA campuses in Texas will extend their curbside meal service to include supper, in addition to breakfast and lunch. Curbside meal hours remain Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., with the requirement to show proof of children in order to receive meals. For more information on this process and what is considered eligible proof, please visit “Curbside Meal Update” at ideapublicschools.org/parents/health-services.

IDEA Riverview

(956) 832-5900

30 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, TX

Beginning Monday, April 6, all IDEA campuses in Texas will extend their curbside meal service to include supper, in addition to breakfast and lunch. Curbside meal hours remain Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., with the requirement to show proof of children in order to receive meals. For more information on this process and what is considered eligible proof, please visit “Curbside Meal Update” at ideapublicschools.org/parents/health-services.

IDEA Frontier

(956) 541-2002

2800 S Dakota Ave., Brownsville, TX

Beginning Monday, April 6, all IDEA campuses in Texas will extend their curbside meal service to include supper, in addition to breakfast and lunch. Curbside meal hours remain Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., with the requirement to show proof of children in order to receive meals. For more information on this process and what is considered eligible proof, please visit “Curbside Meal Update” at ideapublicschools.org/parents/health-services.

Utility Assistance

Salvation Army of Harlingen

(956) 423-2454

201 East Monroe Street, Harlingen, TX, 78550

Programs include a food pantry and other social services like rent assistance. Contact agency for more information and changes as assistance is based on funding availability.

Brownsville Public Utilities Board

(956) 983-6121

1425 Robinhood Dr., Brownsville, TX

To support its customers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) will suspend service disconnections to electric, water and wastewater residential and commercial customers until April 30, 2020.

Rent Assistance

Catholic Charities of the RGV

(956) 541-0220

955 W. Price Rd., Brownsville, TX 78520

Emergency Assistance-CCRGV Emergency Assistance Program provides short-term utility assistance, hotel/motel vouchers to assist with temporary shelter for the homeless, emergency assistance program , medical needs vouchers, medical consultation and or prescription assistance for those in need.

Transportation Assistance

Valley Metro

1 (800) 574-8322

955 W. Price Rd., Brownsville, TX 78520

Valley Metro continues with free transportation in 2020 on their routes.
Main Brownsville transfer hub: Brownsville Market Square (downtown Brownsville)
Service hours are typically Monday – Saturday, from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Domestic Violence Assistance

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1 (800) 799-7233

Get Help Today

Our advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799- SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.

Cameron County Family Crisis Center

(956) 423-9304

Helping Victims in Times of Domestic Crisis

Family Crisis Center, Inc. is a domestic violence and rape crisis center that provides services to victims and their families. The Center offers a 24 hour hotline, provides 24 hour emergency shelter, crisis intervention, hospital accompaniment and advocacy.

Report Abuse By Phone

1 (800) 252-5400

Texas Abuse Hotline

Call our Abuse Hotline toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nationwide, or report with our secure website and get a response within 24 hours.

Online: Texas Abuse https://www.txabusehotline.org/

Social Care Network

Aunt Bertha

www.auntbertha.com

The Social Care Network

Aunt Bertha’s network connects people seeking help and verified social care providers that serve them. Thousands of nonprofits and social care providers serve their communities. But for most people, navigating the system to get help has been difficult, time consuming, and frustrating. Too many Americans are suffering, and they don’t need to. So at Aunt Bertha, we created a social care network that connects people and programs — making it easy for people to find social services in their communities, for nonprofits to coordinate their efforts, and for customers to integrate social care into the work they already do. Visit them online: https://www.auntbertha.com/

Telehealth

If you’re feeling sick Healthcare providers are encouraging all patients experiencing flu-like symptoms to first use mobile apps or visit websites that have been set up for COVID-19 response. For your safety and convenience telehealth resources are available. Before scheduling an appointment with your healthcare provider or walking into a clinic, urgent care center or hospital it is recommended that you use one of these or similar services listed below.

Telehealth with Baylor Scott & White

Text 'BETTER' to 88408

Say hello to Better.

Visit their website at https://www.bswhealth.com/ or to install the app on your mobile device, simply text BETTER to 88408 to have it sent to your phone. No appointment is needed.

Telehealth with Ascension

1 (833) 919-1680

Personalized care when and where you need it.

Visit their website at https://healthcare.ascension.org/ to download the app. Use the code HOME for a $20 cost per visit, and no appointment is needed. Ascension Texas has established a COVID-19 hotline 1-833- 919-1680, available 6 a.m. – midnight. The hotline is staffed by registered nurses who will respond to public questions and implement the most up-to-date screenings and protocols to guide patients to the most appropriate care setting, including staying at home and/or virtual options.

Telehealth with MDLive

www.mdlive.com

Doctors On Call 24 Hours.

Visit their website to sign-up for a free account. https://www.mdlive.com/

Telehealth with TelaDoc

www.teladoc.com

The right care when you need it most.

Visit their website at https://www.teladoc.com/ to set-up an account or download their app. The cost of a Teladoc visit depends on your health plan, with everyday care costing less than $49.

Telehealth with HeyDoc

www.heydoc.net

Every Doctor, a tap away!

Visit their website at https://heydoc.net/ to download the app. A visit on HeyDoc costs the patient between $10 and $50.

Texas Health & Human Services

Dial 211, Option 6

2-1-1 Texas

If you need help finding a doctor or accessing medical care, dial 2-1-1, then choose Option 6 or call toll-free at 877-541-7905 or visit www.211texas.org. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days per week.

Mental Health

UTRGV Counseling Center

(956) 882-3897

Office of Student Life & Dean of Students

Email: counseling@utrgv.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UTRGVStudentLife