Community Resources

Carver County residents can apply for services (food assistance, general assistance, etc.) by calling Carver County Health and Human Services at 952-361-1600 and request to speak with Financial Assistance Intake.

Minnesota Department of Human Services:

Apply for Cash Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care or Emergency Assistance by checking the website of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

United Way:

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills or other essential services, dial 2-1-1, 651-291-0211 or 1-800-543-7709 or Text ‘MNCOVID’ to 898211 and a Certified Community Resource Specialist will help to locate available resources in your area.

PLEASE NOTE Greater Twin Cities United Way 2-1-1 does not provide direct financial assistance. We are an Information & Referral service connecting people to resources in the state of Minnesota.

Housing Link’s COVID-19 Resources for Renters: Includes information about evictions, energy assistance, and tips for communicating with your landlord.

Housing Link’s COVID-19 Resources for Landlords: Includes information about evictions, tips for how landlords can support their renters, and more.

As of March 13, 2020, Comcast announced free Internet for 60 days.

Low Cost Internet: Use provider based on coverage in the area. Internet Essential (Comcast):

Medications: Most pharmacies will send medications through the mail. Contact your usual pharmacy to arrange shipping or delivery.

Medical Equipment:

To apply, call 952-361-1600. To find out more information or to request a Health Care Application. The staff can assist you with directions as to how to complete the MNSure Application. To get help with a MNSure application, visit this website to find an Assister.

Unemployment Benefits:

Unemployment benefits have been expanded due to the virus outbreak. Visit MN Unemployment Insurance webpage to find out more:

Playground Update from Carver County Public Health and MDH   April 1, 2020

It is left up to local jurisdictions to make their own decisions regarding playgrounds. However,

Carver County Public Health agrees with MDH on this issue. Playgrounds should stay open for continued use. They are outdoors and in a well-ventiliated space. Air mixing of groups is the only concern. Schools and child care should limit children to use in 10 persons or less. If one wants to wipe down ladders, handles, or monkeys bars between use—in MDH’s words, “this would be an abundance of caution and is not necessary.”

If you or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, please call:

  • 911
  • Carver County Mental Health Crisis Team: 952-442-7601
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY:1-800-846-8517)


  • First Street Center:  (952) 442-4437
    First Street Center is an outpatient mental health clinic that offers quality medication treatment and mental health therapy. Services are being provided through video conferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The clinic is taking new patients at this time.
  • Carver County Adult Mental Health(952) 361-1600
    Carver County Adult Mental Health continues to provide case management and community support services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Chemical Health Rule 25 Assessments are currently available via telephone. Please call to request information about any of these services.



  • Open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm



Adults & Families

Map of food assistance resources in Carver County:

Food Shelves
Bountiful Basket (Chaska)

  • Call to schedule an appointment: 952-556-0244
  • Open regularly scheduled hours:
    • Monday: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.\
    • First and Third Saturday of each month 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Volunteers will bag/box food and bring it to clients in their vehicles; clients will not be allowed inthe building to shop

Friends for Life (Watertown)

  • Call to schedule an appointment: 952-955-1980\
  • Open regularly scheduled hours:
    • Monday: 6-8 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Volunteers will bag/box food and bring it to clients in their vehicles; clients will not be allowed inthe building to shop

PROP (Eden Prairie)

  • Call 952-937-9120 to place a food order for pickup—same day order and pickup only
  • Call in hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. –12:45 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 4—6:15 p.m.

Southwest Carver County Food Shelf (Norwood Young America).

  • Call to schedule an appointment: 952-467-1870
  • Open regularly scheduled hours:
    • Tuesday: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • First Saturday of the month: 10 a.m. –12 p.m.
  • Call ahead and pickup curbside

Waconia United Food Shelf

  • Open regularly scheduled hours:
    • Monday/Friday/Saturday: 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    • Tuesday/Thursday: 4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Volunteers will pack a seven-day supply of food and essential items info bags.
  • Clients can stay in their vehicles and volunteers will bring the bag(s) of food to the vehicle.

His House Foundation / Abundance Food Program:

  • Willing and able to deliver basic necessities, including food, to individuals and families
  • Contact Martha via text at 612-325-4693

School Meals
Central Public Schools

  • Bag breakfast and lunches will be provided for pickup for all students that live in District 108
  • Pickup from 7 – 9 a.m. at Kurious Kids in Cologne, Hamburg Fire Hall or Central Elementary

Cologne Academy

  • Free meals for all children who need them, up to two meals per day (one breakfast and onelunch)
  • Meals will be offered for each day on which school was to be in session according to the original2019-2020 school calendar
  • School personnel will communicate with families about food distribution details.

Eastern Carver County Schools

  • Free lunches for kids 18 and younger
  • Monday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Locations for meal pickup (On Monday, pickup for Monday and Tuesday, on Wednesday, pickupfor Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
    • Clover Ridge Elementary School
    • Riverview Terrace
    • If unable to pick up from these two sites, contact Nutrition Services at or 952-556-6150

Waconia Public Schools

  • Free breakfast and lunch for ALL kids 18 and younger
  • Monday – Friday
  • Locations
    • St. Bonifacious: 8801 Wildwood Avenue, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
    • Bayview Elementary School: north parking lot, 11 – 11:25 a.m.
    • Community Education: parking lot, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Look for Café #110’s red van
  • Adults meals are also available for purchase for $6.00 (cash only)

Watertown Mayer Public Schools

  • Free breakfast and lunch for ALL kids 18 and younger
  • Children must be present at time of pick-up
  • Not available the week of March 23rd due to scheduled spring break
  • Sites open 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • Locations
    • Watertown Mayer High School
    • Mayer City Hall Parking Lot
    • Call 952-955-0480 if unable to pick-up

Local restaurants offering free meals*

  • Mario’s Italian Kitchen (Watertown)
    • If a child is in need of food, contact the restaurant at 952-955-2115
  • Pangea Café (Waconia)
    • Offering free breakfast sandwiches and to-go lunches to children in need
    • 952-300-8604
  • Check out this map to identify locations offering free meals for kids during COVID-19 closings.This map is updated regularly by Hunger Solutions.*note these may change without notice

SmartLink Grocery and Goods Delivery
Existing Transit Link customers can now order groceries and household essentials online from a store
that has online shopping and local pick up. Transit Link will pick your order up and deliver to your house.
Contact Customer Service to schedule your free delivery service today 952.496.8341

Grocery Stores
Grocery stores that deliver in Carver County*

  • ALDI: uses Instacart, also offers curbside pickup
  • Cub Foods: uses Instacart
  • Kowalski’s: deliver to Eastern Carver County only
  • Lund’s and Byerly’s: delivery to zip codes 55317, 55318, 55386 and 55394
  • Mackenthun’s: delivers to Waconia area only

Other grocery services in or near Carver County*

  • Coborn’s: Curbside pickup in Belle Plaine and Glencoe
  • Instacart: third party shopping service. Shop online and individuals will purchase and deliverygroceries to your door.
  • Shipt: third party shopping service. Shop online and individuals will purchase and delivery groceries to your door. Available only for residents in Chaska, Chanhassen and Victoria.

*note that many grocery delivery services have a fee and may have a minimum order

Local Food Delivery and Carryout

  • Many restaurants are still open for delivery and carryout. Contact the restaurant for moreinformation.
  • NYA Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Page for restaurants offering delivery, carryout,drive-thru or curbside pickup.
  • Waconia Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Page for restaurants offering delivery, carryout,drive-thru or curbside pickup.

Local Prepared Meal Delivery

  • Meals on Wheels: delivered meals for adults 60+, suggested donation of $5 per meal\
  • The Gold Fork: Meal delivery for seniors in Watertown only, only $50/month

Prepared or Prepare-at-Home Meals via the Mail

  • There are a variety of companies offering meal kits to be prepared at home, including BlueApron, Hello Fresh, Home Chef and more
  • Mom’s Meals: Frozen, ready to microwave meals, special diets available. 1-877-508-6667

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Hunger Solutions Helpline can help identify food resources in your area. Prefer to talk tosomeone? Contact the Helpline at 1-888-711-1151.
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps supplement the food and nutritionneeds of people with low incomes. These benefits are for eligible families andindividuals of all ages, including children and seniors. SNAP eligibility depends on yourhousehold’s size and income. Apply online at or call (952) 496-2125.
  •  The Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) provides nutritious foods and nutritioneducation for low-income pregnant, postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5.Eligibility is based on income. To determine eligibility and to apply for an appointment call (952)567-8229 or go to

Updated March 30, 2020