- Arkansas Covid-19 Food Access: School meals, Food Pantries and Community Meals
- The City of Little Rock provides meals to go to anyone 18 & under on weekdays. Find more information here.
- Central Arkansas COVID-19 Food Access Guide for Students and Families
- LR Interfaith Food Security & Worker Relief Initiative Request for Assistance
- The USDA National Hunger Hotline can help anyone seeking food assistance.
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Referrals
UAMS AR-Connect is offering a comprehensive program to provide care to all Arkansans dealing with a variety of mental-health issues, from substance abuse disorders to mental illnesses, via telephone and tele-video virtual visits. The AR-Connect call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (501) 526-3563 or (800) 482-9921. The virtual clinic operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Health insurance is not required and patients will not be responsible for any payments outside of what is covered by their insurance plan. The goal is to help those Arkansans needing immediate care get the assistance they need and eventually connect them with treatment options available in their local area. Once screened by specially trained nurses, patients can expect to be contacted by an AR-Connect mental health professional within 24 business hours by phone. For more information about AR-Connect, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Americans who need help should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and through online chat here.
- Veterans and Service members may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing, chatting online at veteranscrisisline.net or texting 838255.
- Para Español llama Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454
- For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call 1-800-799-4889 or use the online chat here.
Free or Low-Cost Internet Resources
Arkansas Revenue Dept. Services/MyDMV – Available online services include registering a vehicle, ordering a replacement driver’s license, and ordering a personalized license plate along with many additional services.
Temporary Unemployment Claims Hotlines: 1-844-908-2187 or 501-534-6304
New Arkansas Unemployment Website- for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also file by calling 1- 844-908-2178 between 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a federal program for people who are not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, extended benefits or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable to work due to COVID-19. This includes:
- -Self-employed workers
- -Independent contractors
- -Non-profit employees
- -Gig economy workers
- -Individuals working for employers exempt from the regular UI program
- -Part-time workers without enough work history to qualify for regular UI benefits
- -Individuals impacted by COVID-19 but not eligible for regular UI benefits due to a prior disqualification
IRS Free Tax Filing Options Both federal and Arkansas State tax filing deadlines were extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Depending on your income, you may qualify for free tax filing services via