At the Women’s Resource Center, our utmost concern is the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, clients and community. News about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) increases daily. It is important to respond to our community’s needs, especially as those needs evolve or change during this time. Below we have provided a list of local resources that may be able to help.

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News & Emergency Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA). This guidance provides fact sheets for both employers and employees as well as a Q&A regarding implementation.The guidance is available in three parts:

Missing your stimulus check payment? Must enter payment info here before October  to receive check. Get My Payment  English | Spanish

United Way FREE Hotline | 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a FREE service provided by United Way that connects area residents to critical health and social service resources when they need help. From help with a household bill, food assistance, or counseling for suicide prevention, calling United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. Instead of searching the phone book or internet when faced with a crisis, think of 2-1-1 as your first call for help.

People can reach 2-1-1:

  • By phone – Dial 211
  • By Email –
  • By Online Chat
  • By Text – Text zip code to 898-211

Learn how 2-1-1 it works, check out these videos:

Season of Sharing Fund

Season of Sharing helps individuals and families on the verge of homelessness who reside in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. The funds may be used for rental assistance, utility bills, child care, transportation, food vouchers and other expenses associated with helping families get back on their feet.

Individuals seeking funds, must meet with a caseworker through a social service agency to apply for the funds.

Not sure which agency matches your needs? United Way 2-1-1 assists potential clients in finding an appropriate agency.

Financial Resources:

Economic Impact Payments – What you need to know

OUR Florida: Florida’s federally-funded emergency rental assistance relief program to support residents and businesses as they continue to recover and rebuild. OUR Florida is currently accepting applications for rental and utility assistance. Click here to find out more information, OUR Florida Program

Bank On Suncoast: A certified checking account that is safe and affordable, featuring no overdraft fees and bill pay functions.  These certified accounts come with debit cards, a free bill pay function, or four free insured money orders each month. Click here to find out more information, Bank On Suncoast

If you do not currently have access to a computer, or are having issues with the website you can now apply via paper by:

  • CareerSource locations across the state will be providing paper applications and assisting Floridians with submitting their Reemployment Assistance applications. Visit for information and center locations.
  • FedEx is offering free printing and mailing of Reemployment Assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state.
  • Applications can be downloaded at Once the application is complete, individuals should mail them to:
    • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity – P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

Food Service Sites

  • Manatee County Full Pantry List – hours of operation, location and availability of all Manatee County Pantries.
  • All Faiths Food Bank: (serving DeSoto and Sarasota) Provides access to food pantries, the DeSoto Food and Resource Center and more through the Food Finder section of their website.
  • Feeding Tampa Bay (serving Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas): Provides access to mobile food pantries, mobile markets, a community market and more through the Find Food section of their website.
  • Free lunch during spring break programs
  • Free meals for kids searchable database
  • Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee – Food 4 Families Locations
  • Manatee County Active Pantry and Soup Kitchen – master list of locations and hours of operations
  • Friendship Centers is now offering home-delivered meals for adults 60 or over in Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte and Lee counties during the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone who is interested in receiving meals should call the Home Delivered Meals Hotline at: (941) 556-3208 in Sarasota County, (941) 255-0723 in DeSoto/Charlotte Counties, (239) 236-8684 in Lee County.
  • Free Resource Advising Services – can help connect you with resources you are looking for.
  • Free Meals for Kids 18 & younger in Manatee County flyer – Locations & Times (Spanish flyer)
  • Bradenton Farmer’s Market Online – with a drive through pick up on Saturdays. We accept SNAP and offer the Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) match for Florida grown produce. SNAP participants can order online and then pay with their EBT card or Market Bucks or FAB tokens, if they already have them when they pick up.
  • Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has received additional funding through the Families First Act and is working to provide home-delivered meals at no cost to seniors (60 and over) in need who live in Manatee County. If you are a senior needing help or a senior you know needs help with food, please call 941-747-4655.
  • Manatee County Drive-Thru Mega Pantry Location Change – Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Desoto Mall at 303 301 Blvd. West, Bradenton, FL 34205
  • Caritas Food Pantry is open Tues-Fri at 1st Baptist Church 1661 Main Street, pantry access off Adelia St.
  • Paradise Grill in Nokomis has FREE FOOD every Friday between 4-6 pm.  Just come to the tent in the parking lot for your FREE MEALS.
  • Feeding Tampa Bay – in need of food assistance? Locations & hours.
  • Partners for Pets – Senior Friendship Centers, in partnership with Vintage Paws Sanctuary’s “Partners for Pets” program, is providing deliveries of pet food and other pet-related necessities to pet owners in our community.
  • South County Food Pantry – 121 Warfield Avenue in Venice, open Monday-Friday, 9-12, must live in Laurel, Nokomis, Venice or South Venice.
  • Food 4 Families Food Distribution – Wednesdays in August 1616 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mobile Pantries Available Times And Dates

  • Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club – 1790 21st St, Sarasota, March 25, 2020, 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
  • Food Pantry: Salvation Army is distributing food at their 1400 10th Street, Sarasota, location. Please call 954-Hope (4673) for an appointment. Open Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m
  • Feeding Site: Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. 240B South Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Serving to go meals.
  • The Oasis Center (Samoset) is distributing food on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Restoration Church 3505 5th St. East, Bradenton, FL 34208 – 941-465-2961 distributes food on Tuesdays.
  • Salvation Army North Port (groceries)- 4940 Pan American Blvd, North Port | 7:30 am-3 pm
  • **South County Food Pantry (groceries)- 121 Warfield Ave, Venice |9 am-12 pm
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (groceries)- 4285 Wesley Ln, North Port | 9 am-1 pm
  • Salvation Army Venice (groceries)- 1051 Albee Farm Rd, Venice | 9 am-4:30 pm
  • Face of Hope (groceries)- 12765 S Tamiami Trl, North Port | 10 am-11 am
  • **Church of the Palms (groceries)- 3224 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota |10 am-1 pm
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (sack meal)- 304 W. Oak St, Arcadia | 11 am-12:30 pm
  • Desoto Food and Resource Center (groceries)- 1021 E. Oak St, Arcadia | 2 pm-6pm
  • **New Hope Community Church (groceries)- 5600 S Biscayne Dr, North Port | 3 pm-5 pm
  • **Booker Middle (produce)- 2250 Myrtle St, Sarasota | 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
  • Manatee Mobile Food Pantry – 3100 26th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205 – Thursdays | 4:00 pm-5 pm
  • Farm Share Drive Thru Distribution – THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Blanche H. Daughtrey Elementary School 515 63rd Ave E,
    Bradenton, FL 34203 (Flyer in Spanish)

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Educational Resources

Family Safety Guidelines and Resources

Resources for Children

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