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North Dakota Unemployment Benefits

North Dakota
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • If you've lost your job or been laid off, you can file for unemployment
  • If you've already filed for unemployment insurance, you can also apply for a 13-week benefit extension
  • Independent contractors, gig workers, and self-employed can file "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" (this is for people who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

North Dakota
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Basic Care Assistance
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Healthy Steps Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Food assistance for families of North Dakota children who qualify for free and reduced school meals.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

North Dakota
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Benefits are issued on EBT cards and can only be used to buy food products at grocers, farmers markets and other USDA-approved vendor

Pantries and Food Banks

Great Plains Food Bank
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota

Listed are all food pantries located across all 53 counties in North Dakota. Find the one nearest you if you are in need of food assistance.

Reimbursement for SNAP Recipients

Expensify.Org
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Reimbursement of SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family to purchase additional essential goods
  • Open to all registered recipients of SNAP program

Student Loan Relief Program

Bank of North Dakota
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Borrowers may request to defer payments on their student loans for six months (on Bank of North Dakota backed loans)

New American Coronavirus updates

New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Cass County
  • Provides translated COVID-19 updates from the State of North Dakota in Somali, Arabic, Swahili, and Kurdish.

HealthWell Foundation COVID-19 Ancillary Fund

HealthWell Foundation
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Receive copay of up to $250
  • Funds can be used for the following COVID-19 related services: food delivery, medication delivery, diagnostics, telehealth costs, and transportation costs.

Native American Development Center COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants

ND Native American Development Center
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Helps Native Americans in the Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks areas who need assistance with housing and temporary shelter due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Fund

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota

Depending on how much RWCF raises in donations, funds are dispersed:

  • 50% for direct crisis relief to individual restaurant workers.
  • 25% for nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis.
  • 25% for zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.

  • In the works of creating zero-interest loans to support small businesses.

    COVID-19 Assistance

    United Way of Grand Forks East Grand Forks
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    Grand Forks County
    • If you or your family has been impacted by the COVID-19 virus and is in need of assistance (In Grand Forks area)

    Summer Food Service Program

    United States Department of Agriculture
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • locate food services for kids in your area.

    The Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance Programs

    The Actors Fund
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Provides one application for multiple emergency funding programs for actors, dancers, musicians and other performing artists who are unable to pay basic living expenses.

    FirstLink 211 Helpline

    FirstLink
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota and North Dakota.
    • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week help and resources.

    Restaurants Offering Free Meals to Kids

    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    • Rhombus Guys: Posted on FB: Rhombus Nation, we are committed to our community in this time of need. We will be giving away kids meals to any child, no questions asked. #nokidshungry #ftherona #rhombusnation contact: 701-540-4534
    • J.C. Chumley's (1608 Main Avenue, Moorhead) is offering free sack lunches for kids while supplies last. 11am - 2pm. Pickup ONLY call 218-236-7813
    • Kittsona (23 8th St S, Fargo). Delivery may be available, please call 701-936-0608
    • Legend's Sports Bar (803 Belsly Blvd, Moorhead) is providing 500 bag lunches to children in the community on Saturdays only. For more information, visit its Facebook page as you call message and let them know how many you need, or call 218-477-1010

    Grocery and Meal Delivery

    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

    Fargo-Moorhead coronavirus updates and list of restaurants with meal delivery: 


    Moorhead Business Association is providing updates about meal delivery in F/M area

    • Uber Eats is providing free delivery as well for independently owned restaurants: 


    Perkins has groceries (food items and home items) available to pick up, or can have delivered from delivery services (door dash, uber eats, ect.) 

    • call 701-232-2441 for availability.
    • See available items here 


    Dilworth Police Department Grocery Delivery

    • Do you use Walmart Dilworth Grocery App? and live in Dilworth. If you do and have kids home, or are elderly and need someone to collect your groceries call the Dilworth Police Department
    • Requirements are that this must be during Walmart Pickup times which are 1100 - 1800 pending any other DPD calls for service. You must have purchased items using the Grocery App (grocery only) We will not deliver general items.
    • Call 218-287-2666 advise the DPD staff the order number and your name and address. (Remember to call Walmart and list DPD as the collector) Please give an hour or more for collection. We will coordinate with Walmart Dilworth to collect and deliver your groceries to your door. Officers will not enter your home and you must be home for this service. (This does not include the online pickup app) Grocery ONLY.
    • Please remember this is to assist those that would otherwise not be able to get to the store or would increase the hardship or possibility of contracting an illness

    Cashwise- curbside pick up. Order online and pick up. You can also have food delivered (new customers get first 3 deliveries free) website  

    Hornbachers- curbside pickup or delivery. Website

    Target drive up. Website 

    Walmart Pickup and delivery. Website or the Walmart grocery app 


    Sweet Commotion Catering Meal Delivery 


    Shop with Jennifer is a local small business. You send Jennifer your order and she'll go to most stores in the metro to get your groceries. She's thorough and always gets the best produce: https://www.facebook.com/shopperjenb/


    Grocery Shopping for At Risk Populations


    Cashwise & Hornbachers

    • Update about hours of operation and efforts to prioritize grocery shopping for at-risk populations during first hour of the day
    • Open 7am - 10pm  in Moorhead and Fargo


    Dollar General update about dedicating early hours to senior customers


    Family Fare in Fargo and West Fargo are reserving time for older adults, pregnant women, and with compromised immune systems to shop 7-9am every Tuesday and Thursday. 


    Walmart is also changing hours and doing overnight sanitation

    • To better support our associates and serve our customers, we will adjust our operating hours beginning Sunday, March 15. Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing. Stores currently operating under more reduced hours (for example they regularly close at 10 p.m. or open at 7 a.m.) will keep their current hours of operation.
    • Edit 03/25, new hours are 7am to 8:30pm



    More assistance programs

    Farmers with Products for Sale
    ND - MN Farmers
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    Immediate Employment Opportunities for Food / Beverage and Workers
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    Economic Impact Payments
    U.S Deparment of the Treasury
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    December 31, 2020
    Fargo Takeout
    Fargo Underground
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    Cass County
    Women, Infants, & Children Nutrition Program (WIC)
    Fargo Cass Public Health - USDA Food and Nutrition Service
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota

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