COVID-19 Information & Resources
Helpful Resources during COVID-19
FREE COVID Testing Locations
Minnesota Department of Health Vaccine Connector
Sign up for the Vaccine Connector to be notified when it's your turn for the vaccine and where you can get it.
BRIDGE TO BENEFITS-Eligibility for Community Resources
You or your children may be eligible for public programs–healthcare, SNAP (grocery money), WIC, energy assistance, and more!
Learn more about the different public programs
Learn more about bridge to benefits
Screening tool for STUDENTS
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Bridge to Benefits-Students.pdf
screening tool-friends, family, anyone else!
BRIDGE TO BENEFITS-General Flyer
COVID-19 Got you WONDERING about your NEXT MEAL?
SNAP (food stamp) information and application assistance is available over the phone, from the comfort and safety of your home! CALL TODAY! (844) 764-5513 (651) 209-7963 or 2harvest.org. SNAP FLYER
Additional food support within the Mankato area
Located in the Crossroads Lutheran Church next to campus, it is a food shelf open to all college students. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Echo Food Shelf
ECHO is concerned about the health and safety of our clients and volunteers. Therefore, we are taking new temporary precautionary measures due to coronavirus.
Clients will not be doing their own shopping. Instead:
- Phone lines will open at 9 am
2. Clients can call 507-345-7508 for an appointment time
3. A volunteer will call back to determine your dislikes, allergies, etc.
4. Your cart will be ready for you to pick up at the door at your appointment time.
DELIVERY OPTION: ECHO recognizes that there is a segment of the population who needs extra food for their diet but cannot access the food shelf during regular operating hours because they lack transportation. For residents in this situation, ECHO will start offering delivery of food supplies to those individuals who ask for the service. Call our client line at 507-345-7508 if you need help.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time. Please answer the phone when our volunteer calls you and show up at your scheduled appointment time to pick up your food. We will do our best to get you the food that you can use.
Food for All
Food For All food program is funded by the proceeds from the Neighborhood Thrift Store. Everyone is welcome to attend with no paperwork necessary. The program is held on the second Saturday of each month at Goodrich Construction, 1700 3rd Ave. in Mankato. It begins at 9:00 a.m. and you are welcome to arrive at 8:30 a.m. to line up early.
During the pandemic, Food for All will continue via a drive-thru format.
Visit the website for general information; visit their Facebook page for more up-to-date information.
Enroll now for Summer classes! See Summer Enrollment for more information. View all summer courses here!
Technology Tools for online learning
Student Technology Tools and Resources for Online Learning
- Virtual Drop-in Hours https://mankato.mnsu.edu/university-life/career-development-center/student-and-alumni-career-resources/services/quickstop/
- Individual Appointments https://mankato.mnsu.edu/university-life/career-development-center/student-and-alumni-career-resources/services/appointments/
- Online Handbooks: Job Search, Choosing or Changing a Major https://mankato.mnsu.edu/university-life/career-development-center/student-and-alumni-career-resources/services/handbooks/
- Handshake https://mavjobs.joinhandshake.com/login
- Candid Career Video Library https://www.candidcareer.com/
- Focus 2 Career Assessment https://mankato.mnsu.edu/university-life/career-development-center/student-and-alumni-career-resources/career-exploration/career-assessments/focus-assessment/
- GoinGlobal https://online.goinglobal.com/
- Virtual & Interactive Services for Career Seekers
- Hospitality skills transfer well to many health care positions
- For information about unemployment benefits and insurance, please go to www.uimn.org
DEED’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program assists workers who can’t work, have their hours reduced or lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic. The UI program is prepared and ready to assist these workers.
WIOA Funding: If you have been layoff or looking to develop new career skills, you could qualify for WIOA funding to help pay your tuition.
Visit Career Development Center for more resources!
Health and Counseling
Campus Counseling Center
The Counseling Center provides a range of help and services, from individual and group counseling to referrals. Services are free, comfortable, and confidential; the Counseling Center is here to help students navigate any difficulties going on personally, socially, or in school. It doesn’t have to be crisis - no problem is too small, if it’s in the way come to the Center and explore the services we have to offer you. http://www.mnsu.edu/counseling/
Student Health Services
The Student Health Services Medical Clinic and Pharmacy remain open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m during the current shutdown. Medical providers are available
for both in-person and telehealth visits. These can be scheduled through the Patient Portal or by calling during business hours. In addition, the office has implemented a COVID-19 Hotline just for students! Calls to (507) 389-5591 will be answered or responded to Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information about student medical care or connection to campus resources, contact Student Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 389-6276.
Quality and affordable health care is available to every student. An accredited on-site medical clinic with a full-service pharmacy, lab services and health education are all part of Student Health Services. http://www.mnsu.edu/shs/
Open Door Health Center
Open Door Health Center continues to see patients. When you call for an appointment, they will screen for COVID-19 symptoms. They offer telemedicine but realize that not all of their patients have access to devices. If you need to come into the clinic, they will screen for COVID-19 at the door. If you have a cough, you will need to wear a mask. If you have a fever along with other COVID-19 symptoms, you may be turned away. Open Door Health Center is a nonprofit community health center, providing quality affordable health care to everyone! https://odhc.org/
Blue Earth County Human Services / Social Services
The Human Services Department’s mission is to effectively and efficiently deliver essential services to families and individuals so they can achieve their potential through active community participation. https://www.blueearthcountymn.gov/99/Human-Services-Social-Services
United Healthcare is offering an EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HELPLINE FOR ALL STUDENTS through one of their subsidiary companies called Optum. Their toll-free helpline number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary and the service is free of charge and open to any student, not just international students. Students would have access to specially trained mental health specialists to support them if they feel they are experiencing anxiety or stress related to the recent developments around COVID-19.
Salvation Army continues offer its noon meal program from 12 noon to 1 p.m. All meals are take-out only. The program is located at 700 Riverfront Drive in Mankato. General information is on its website or Facebook page.
Financial Aid Office
The Student Financial Aid office is committed to providing valuable information about financial aid programs and processes to ensure each student has access to the maximum available funds. The financial services specialists at the Campus Hub are available to answer questions and connect students with additional advising assistance if needed. https://mankato.mnsu.edu/university-life/campus-services/campushub/financial-aid/
Minnesota State University, Mankato is fortunate to have generous individuals who donate to scholarship funds. The purpose of the scholarships is to assist undergraduate students in meeting the cost of attendance at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Emergency Grant for Students
For many students, an unexpected car repair or a medical bill can mean the end of their college hopes. While typically not large expenses, they can be enough to put these students in a serious bind: stay in college or pay the bill. By quickly delivering small grants to students encountering unexpected expenses, Minnesota State University, Mankato helps more of these students stay in school and on track for degree completion. http://www.mnsu.edu/emergencygrant/
Center for Academic Success
The Center for Academic Success Writing Center and Tutoring Center (Math/Science/Business) is open and ready to help with your academic needs as of March 30. We are completely online and easy to access via Zoom and Document Upload appointments. Our schedule, staffing, and excellent service remain the same. Check out our website today to connect with us online!
Math, Science, and Business Tutoring
Please submit a question to our Maverick OneStop Site.
Additionally, the deadline to add or drop a short-session course that was originally scheduled to start after spring break has been extended. The registration window for early and priority registration has also been extended. More information is available on the Registrar's website.
Kearney Center for International Student Services
The Kearney Center will be conducting all immigration advising through virtual channels. An advisor will be available to meet students Monday through Friday between 8AM and 5PM CST.
Step-by-step instructions for how to schedule a virtual appointment with an advisor are available online here.
International students should watch for an email with more specific information from their immigration advisors on specific reporting measures and steps they need to take to stay in F-1 status during this time.
Reference chat service is available 24/7