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Local resources - helping our community to stay home and stay healthy

Acacia Stuckle NDSU Extension - Emmons County Everyday Extension April 9, 2020

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." Fred Rogers.

The past few weeks have been surreal for most people as we're navigating through an unprecedented time. I decided I wanted to focus this week's column on local resources available to help our residents. As I was gathering information, my heart was warmed knowing that there are so many caring businesses and people helping to keep our community healthy.

Grocery store delivery and curbside pickup

Did you know that all three grocery stores in Emmons County deliver within their local communities and offer curbside delivery?

Linton Food Center offers delivery on Monday through Friday at 4:30 p.m. and delivery fees are waived during the pandemic. Customers should call the store at (701) 254-5487 to place an order. They also offer curbside delivery to your car seven days a week.

The Hague Store also offers free delivery and curbside pickup. The Hague Store is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. To place an order, call (701) 336-7212.

Main Street Market in Hazelton also offers free delivery and curbside pickup daily. Main Street Market is open seven days a week. Call the store at (701) 782-6808.

South-Central Transit offers delivery

South Central transit will also do deliveries such as groceries and take-out from local restaurants. They will leave the items on your doorstep, so there will not be direct contact. Normal rates apply $1 within city limits and $5 within Emmons County. This is a great service for residents in rural Emmons County and the communities of Hague, Strasburg, Westfield, Hull, Hazelton and Braddock to utilize. Their normal hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details or to make arrangements, call (701) 851-0308.

Kidder-Emmons Senior Services offers meal delivery and pickup

Kidder-Emmons Senior Services prepares meals Monday through Friday. To sign up for meal delivery, call (701) 254-5536 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. To reserve a single daily meal, call before 9 a.m. on the day of the meal. All meals will currently be delivered in Linton through May 1 or available for pickup only. Frozen meals are delivered to residents in the surrounding communities of Hazelton, Strasburg and Hague every other week or available for pickup when it works for the client during the hours above. They always have frozen meals on hand to be picked up. Suggested donation for meals for people 60+ is $4.00/meal and $8.00/meal for people under 60. No meal is denied due to inability to pay.

White Drug Pharmacy offers curbside pickup, free delivery and mailing for prescriptions

White Drug Pharmacy in Linton mails or delivers prescriptions at no cost. To order and pay for a prescription via telephone call, (701) 254-5432. To pick up your prescription, simply call ahead and order. When you arrive, call and they will bring it to your vehicle. They ask customers to utilize mail, delivery or curbside pickup during the pandemic.

Free meals for children ages 1-18

School districts in North Dakota have been authorized by USDA to pursue a waiver that will allow for reimbursement of meals offered to children during this time of school closure. Schools in our county are committed to offering one nutritional meal per day, at no cost, to all that are interested in this service. Please call your local school to make arrangements, Linton Public School (701) 254-4173, Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock Public School (701) 782-6231 and Strasburg Public School (701) 336-2667.

Emmons County Food Pantry and food distribution

The food pantry is open on Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second and fourth Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. each month. They have additional rules in place to keep people healthy, such as standing in line 6 feet apart, one person in the pantry at a time and implementing the use of hand sanitizer before entry into the food pantry.

Food distribution will take place on April 15 with a new location at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Linton from 1 to 2:30 p.m. It will be a drive through service so no one can get out of their cars. Food will be in prepackaged boxes and bags and then give everyone the same amount.

SNAP benefits

If families are laid off or not working as many hours due to COVID-19, they can apply for SNAP benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) safeguards the health and well-being of low income North Dakotans. SNAP benefits are provided to supplement an individual or a family's food budget. SNAP recipients are issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT). The store cashier runs the EBT card through a point-of-sale device to subtract the recipient's purchase amount from their allotted SNAP benefits. North Dakota SNAP operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To request an application or for questions, contact South Country Human Services at (701) 254-4501.

Facebook Live streamed and BEK broadcasted church services

Stay connected to your faith communities. Many of our local churches are doing Facebook Live church services during this time. Contact churches for their schedules.

With the availability of many of these resources, it is easier for people to stay home and practice social distancing.

Stay calm, stay home and stay safe. Please contact me with any questions at (701) 254-4811 or email acacia.stuckle@ndsu.edu.

 

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