Resources During Coronavirus Outbreak

We want to make sure that everyone in our community has the help that they need during the coronavirus outbreak. On this page, we will keep a running list of resources in the counties that we serve. We are wishing health and safety to our clients, to our staff, and to all West Tennesseans. 

If you are aware of resources that are not listed on this site, please email sarah@wtls.org

Updated August 7, 2020 at 4:15 PM

Multi-County Resources and Updates

  • Families with children who receive free or reduced-cost lunches can receive reimbursement for lost lunches and breakfasts while schools were closed. If your household receives SNAP, this will be added to your EBT card automatically. If you do not receive SNAP, you must apply by June 29 here.

  • The FBI released a PSA on scams that can occur as you work in a virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Click here to find WMC Action News' list of free meal distribution sites.

  • The Tennessee Department of Health and Human Services has issued a policy offering emergency cash assistance for those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak by utilizing TANF funds. Find out more here.

    • To qualift, a family must:

      • Have children in the household,

      • Be at or below the 85th percentile of the State Median Income (below approx. $52,000 a year for a family of 3), and

      • Be able to show they are impacted by COVID-19 (e.g., job loss due to employer closure for COVID-19)

    • The emergency benefits will be available to families in the following amounts:

      • For a family of 1 to 2, $500

      • For a family of 3 to 4, $750

      • For a family of 5+, $1000

  • The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will extend unemployment benefits to:

    • Employees who suddenly find themselves out of work as businesses temporarily cease operations during the pandemic and

    • Those who are quarantined by a physician for COVID-19 and are temporarily away from their job.

  • Grocery stores designating shopping time for seniors and the vulnerable only, including Dollar General, Target, and Big Lots.

  • Walgreens is only open from 9 AM to 9 PM. Pickup of select products are also available through their drive thru.

  • Walmart's new hours are 7 AM to 8:30 PM, and will have seniors-only shopping hour every Tuesday.

  • Small Business Association providing low-interest loans to small businesses.

  • Tennesseans that have or need WIC appointments can call 1-800-DIAL-WIC




  • Informational document on the CARE Act


  • IRS has published information on Coronavirus economic impact payments, including
    • Who is eligible for payments,
    • How the IRS will know how to get payment to you, and
    • Where to get more information
  • Free legal coaching phone calls for small businesses struggling due to COVID-19

  • If you've lost your job, had your hours cut, or are unable to work due to COVID-19, check this WTLS fact sheet for information on state and federal unemployment benefits.

Benton County

  • Free online reading resources, K-5
  • Free online reading resources, 6-12
  • Grab-N-Go lunch and snack program
    • Monday-Friday, 10:30-12:30, Camden Central High School (Gym Doors), Holladay School (Front Door), or Big Sandy School (Front Door)
    • Children who participate will be given a free age-appropriate book to read and keep. Find out more here.    
  • Individuals in Benton County have until March 24 to apply for D-SNAP (Food Stamps). Even folks who were not eligible before could be eligible now. Start the process online or by phone at 1-866-311-4287

Chester County

Crockett County

  • Starting March 23, Crockett County Schools, Alamo City School, and Bells Elementary School are offering free breakfast and lunch to all children under 18 years of age.


Gibson County


Hardin County



Haywood County

Henderson County

  • Daycare available for children of teachers and emergency responders.
  • Lexington City Schools are serving meals and snacks to any child under 18 years of age. To participate, you must contact Jan Page at (731) 967-7106 or pagej@caywood.org 
  • Caywood Elementary hosting an emergency feeding program for children who participate in the National School Lunch Program. 
  • Henderson County Schools will provide a week's worth of breakfast and lunch to all children aged 18 and under, free of charge, starting March 23. Fill out the meal request form here.

Henry County

  • The Henry County School System will provide free breakfast and lunch to students daily Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th, regardless of income eligibility. 

Madison County

  • Jackson Energy Authority has suspended disconnections for unpaid bills until further notice; bills will accrue. Find out more on JEA's website.
  • WIC is now available by phone. Call (731) 423-3020 and press 1 for WIC, or click here for more information.
  • Free pickup breakfast and lunch to all JMCSS students aged 18 and under, starting March 23, 2020. More information here.
  • RIFA distributing boxes with 30-35 pounds of nonperishable food and some form of protein. Go to their Administrative Offices on Airways Boulevard or call (731) 427-7963.


McNairy County



Obion County

Weakley County