Resources for Support During COVID-19: Focus on MN and Restaurant Industry

Hello everyone,

Our organization has had to make some very difficult decisions in the last few days, as have many others in our community and state.  We are gathering a list of resources for people who have been laid off or are working with significantly reduced hours or wages so they can start navigating other sources of income, ways to get help with rent/mortgage and bills, coverage for medical expenses, ways to connect with others, the list goes on.  Here is what has been gathered so far, we intend to update it as much as we can.  

Feel free to share this with anyone whom it might be useful to, and also share any resources you are aware of that you aren’t reflected here.  

Vestalia Hospitality team members, guests, and the communities we serve have always been good at coming together to share love and support for one another.  Let’s widen the circle and double-down on our care and compassion. We can do this! 

Find Help During Covid-19*

(Scroll down for Spanish translation/Desplácese hacia abajo para leer en Español)

Wages & Unemployment 

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance: 

US Bartender’s Guild Emergency Relief Grant Application: 

Modest Needs is offering donations to hourly workers who won’t get paid during the COVID-19 outbreak



Medical Assistance: 

Medicaid: Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

Health Access MN: Expands access to health care insurance, they can help you enroll for coverage and answer questions about health insurance policy.  This could be a good place to start if you are feeling overwhelmed and want help deciding your best next step forward.

MNsure: Shop for individual coverage from many different plans.  Many people who lost coverage due to COVID-19 layoffs will be qualified to sign up for a plan during a Special Enrollment Period (usually you can only sign up through MNsure during year-end open enrollment).

NeedyMeds: Helps patients find assistance with the costs of medication

HealthWell: Assistance for underinsured patients living with chronic or life-altering diseases

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration

Utilities & Household 

Rent Assistance:  

Minnesota Energy Assistance:

Major Cell Phone Carriers: 

LIHEAP: Low Income High Energy Assistance Program helps with energy costs

Internet for low-income applicants, you must be new to Comcast (no existing account or bills in the last 90 days)

Augrented Blog: List of some emergency tenant protections enacted during the COVID-19 outbreak

Lifeline: Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet access service, or voice-broadband bundled service purchased from participating providers. You may also qualify for a free phone and wireless service.


Food & Meals 

Feeding America: 

SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps)

Hope Breakfast Bar: Supplying families in need with a free meal


General Assistance

Dial 211: This is a free and confidential service that helps people find local resources

TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

EFSP: Emergency Food and Shelter Program



Unemployment Help

A list of help resources available for unemployed or underemployed

Gig Workers Collective: An online resource to assist gig workers in times of need, link to MN specific help

Serving Those Serving: Extensive list of online resources for assistance


How to Offer HELP  – Supporting Our Industry Family

Crooked Water Spirits: All profits from March will go to support the local hospitality industry: 

Hope Breakfast Bar: Volunteer or donate to help the team supply free meals to families in need

USBG Foundation: Donate to the fund, and Jameson® Irish Whiskey is committing to give a 1:1 dollar match for every donation made to the USBG Foundation’s COVID-19 relief campaign from March 16-31, 2020 up to a maximum of $100,000.

Eater: Article on how to help our industry


*A heartfelt thank you to Amie Bresnahan, Rachael Crew, and Emily O’Brien for compiling these resources.  They are amazing women doing amazing things.


Información sobre los beneficios del seguro de desempleo

Haga clic aquí para visitar el sitio web de para obtener información y solicitar beneficios de desempleo. Puede solicitarlo si ha sido despedido, también puede solicitarlo si sus horas y/o salarios han disminuido significativamente debido a la pandemia de Coronavirus.
La información en el sitio web está en español, también puede llamar y hablar con alguien en español si tiene preguntas.

Llámenos si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda. Los representantes de Servicio al Cliente están disponibles de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.

  • 651-296-3644 Área metropolitana de las Ciudades Gemelas
  • 877-898-9090 Fuera del área de las Ciudades Gemelas
  • 866-814-1252 TTY para personas con discapacidad auditiva total o parcial

Información para la atención de la salud

Medicaid: Medicaid brinda cobertura de salud a millones de estadounidenses, incluidos adultos elegibles de bajos ingresos, niños, mujeres embarazadas, adultos mayores y personas con discapacidades. Medicaid es administrado por los estados, de acuerdo con los requisitos federales. El programa está financiado conjuntamente por los estados y el gobierno federal:
MNsure: Compre cobertura individual de muchos planes diferentes. Muchas personas que perdieron la cobertura debido a los desmensajes COVID-19 estarán calificadas para inscribirse en un plan durante un Período de Inscripción Especial (generalmente solo puede inscribirse a través de MNsure durante la inscripción abierta de fin de año).

Servicios públicos y hogares

LIHEAP: El Programa de Asistencia de Alta Energía de Bajos Ingresos ayuda con los costos de energía:
Lifeline Teléfono e Internet: Lifeline es el programa de la FCC para ayudar a que los servicios de comunicaciones sean más asequibles para los consumidores de bajos ingresos. Lifeline ofrece a los suscriptores un descuento en el servicio telefónico mensual, el servicio de acceso a Internet de banda ancha o el servicio de banda ancha de voz comprado a los proveedores participantes. También puede calificar para un teléfono gratuito y un servicio móvil.


SNAP: Programa Suplementario de Asistencia Nutricional (anteriormente conocido como cupones de alimentos):

Asistencia general

marque 211: Se trata de un servicio gratuito y confidencial que ayuda a las personas a encontrar recursos locales:

TANF: Asistencia temporal para familias necesitadas:

EFSP: Programa de Alimentos y Refugios de emergencia:

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