Coronavirus in Ohio: Resources to get or give help, list of companies hiring


How you can GET help or GIVE help right now

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Call 1-833-4-ODH to get answers to your coronavirus questions

Here is a list of resources being updated regularly:

A special section of the state’s coronavirus website has been created and named “Together Ohio.” The “Together Ohio” web page contains the email address, where people are encouraged to send the state information about supplies they want to donate, or other ways they can help.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 from the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, as well as prevention information and resources, visit or call the Department of Health’s hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Follow on social media @OHdeptofhealth and @GovMikeDeWine.


CLICK HERE to apply online or visit

To apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits, you will need:  

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver’s license or state ID number
  • Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address
  • Name, address, telephone number, and dates of employment with each employer you worked for during the past 6 weeks of employment
  • The reason you became unemployed from each employer
  • Dependents’ names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth
  • If claiming dependents, your spouse’s name, Social Security number, and birth date
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, alien registration number and expiration date
  • Your regular occupation and job skills


  • If you had out-of-state employment, have worked for the federal government, or are separated from military service, more information is required, including:
    • Form DD-214, member 4 copy (for military service)
    • SF-8 or SF-50 form (for federal government employment) 

Job openings/companies hiring

If you’re searching for employment, many Ohio employers have a desperate need to fill open positions. Go to for a current list.

Kroger is hiring 10,000 people right now. The turn around from your application to employment is only a few days.

Meijer is hiring stocking and warehouse members as well as cashiers to help with the high demand for groceries and other household goods. These jobs range from $10 to $12 an hour.

Walmart plans to hire 150,000 U.S. hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May as online orders surge with households stocking up. The jobs are temporary, but many will become permanent, said spokesman Dan Bartlett. He said that the company is reaching out to industry groups in the restaurant and hospitality industry, both of which are getting slammed by lockdowns and travel bans. Walmart also plans to hire 500 truck drivers to meet demand from its e-commerce business.

Dollar General plans to nearly double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April.

CVS also plans to immediately fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary positions across the country. Positions will include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and member/customer service professionals. CVS will also pay bonuses to employees who are required to be at CVS facilities to assist patients and customers in this time of unprecedented need.

Amazon announced they will need to hire thousands of workers to handle all the deliveries for everyone staying at home. These jobs range from $15 to $17 an hour. Those who are interested in applying can learn more online.

The following companies are also urgently hiring:

Visit for more information on companies hiring in Ohio

Job training

The State of Ohio has released a list of job training resources workers can use to ‘upskill’ themselves while they are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Go to:

Emergency Childcare

For new information on EMERGENCY CHILDCARE resources, last week’s press release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services can be found here with additional resources at

Small business and not-for-profit loans

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the approval of the state’s application for a request to allow small businesses and not-for-profit organizations to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million. Ohio did this through the Small Business Administration economic injury disaster loan program.

Loan applications can be completed online at or by calling 1-88-659-2955.

Personal Protective Equipment donations

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center:

  • OSU Wexner Medical Center warehouse at 610 Ackerman Road

For more information on how to donate visit:

OhioHealth Corporation:

  • OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital Parking Lot
  • OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital Parking Lot
  • OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus Parking Lot
  • OhioHealth Pickerington Medical Campus Parking Lot
  • OhioHealth Columbus Donation Center

For more information on how to donate visit:

Mount Carmel Health System:

  • Mount Carmel Corporate Service Center
  • Mount Carmel Grove City
  • Mount Carmel St. Ann’s
  • Mount Carmel New Albany
  • Diley Ridge Medical Center

For more information on how to donate visit:

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

To explore ways to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Jillean Bastian at or 614-355-5400. You will receive more information about where to drop off your donated medical supplies.

The Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security office is collecting personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals and first responders.

Volunteers will collect donations between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., daily between Monday and Friday. They can be dropped off at 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd., Columbus, Ohio.

The following pieces of equipment are requested:

  • Gowns
  • Non-sterile gloves
  • Surgical masks (with ear loops)
  • N95 masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Viral swabs/Viral Culture Vials


4’s Army

NBC4 is mobilizing 4’s Army, as the outbreak impacts everyone’s everyday life.  If you can help, please help.  Non-profit groups across Central Ohio are providing vital services during this uncertain and unprecedented time. 

CLICK HERE for a list of ways you can support our community.

Additionally, we ask that you follow ALL CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines before committing to any of these projects.  

Together Ohio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced a new way for Ohioans to help each other amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A special section of the state’s coronavirus website has been created and named “Together Ohio.” The “Together Ohio” web page contains the email address, where people are encouraged to send the state information about supplies they want to donate, or other ways they can help.


Columbus City Schools

Free breakfast and lunch to all children and students under 18.
Breakfast served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The locations for the free meal pickup are:

  • Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, 1320 Duxberry Avenue, 43211
  • South 7-12, 1160 Ann Street, 43206
  • Buckeye Middle School, 2950 South Parsons Avenue, 43207
  • Independence High School, 5175 East Refugee Road, 43232
  • Columbus Afrocentric Early College, 3223 Allegheny Avenue, 43209
  • Sherwood Middle School, 1400 Shady Lane Road, 43227
  • Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Road, 43220
  • Columbus Global Academy, 4077 Karl Road, 43224
  • Mifflin High School, 3245 Oak Spring Street, 43219
  • Woodward Park Middle School, 5151 Karl Road, 43229
  • West High School, 179 South Powell Avenue, 43204
  • Starling PreK-8, 145 South Central Avenue, 43222
  • Wedgewood Middle School, 3800 Briggs Road, 43228

Westerville City Schools CLICK HERE for details

Hilliard Senior Center

3810 Veterans Memorial Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026
Preparing meals every day and serving the city’s elderly via a drive-through.

Online Delivery Services

In addition to individual restaurants with delivery services (check their websites), the following services are available:

  • DoorDash — will deliver from several restaurants including Chipolte, Firehouse Tavern, and McDonald’s.
  • Postmates — will deliver from several local restaurants as well as chains like Five Guys, Denny’s and Subway
  • Uber Eats — will deliver from Panda Express, Popeye’s, and Donatos Pizza, among several others
  • Grub Hub — will deliver from chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s
  • EatStreet — works more closely with local restaurants instead of national chains
  • ClusterTruck — an independently owned, delivery-only kitchen which operates in specific locations including Columbus

All of the above have different charges per delivery, with some holding specials for a user’s first order.

Check the individual websites for more information on charges and delivery locations.

Grocery stores

CLICK HERE for tips for shopping safely at the grocery store

CLICK HERE for a list of central Ohio grocery stores that offer delivery, vehicle side pickup

List of stores with special hours for seniors or vulnerable shoppers

  • Aldi
    • Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. reserved for vulnerable shoppers.
  • Dollar General
    • The first hour of each shopping day reserved for senior shoppers. 
    • Most central Ohio stores open at 8 a.m. CLICK HERE to check a location.
  • Fresh Thyme
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., for seniors and high risk.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., for healthcare workers, first responders, and law enforcement
    • CLICK HERE for details.
  • Giant Eagle/Market District 
    • Monday – Wednesday, 6 a.m. — 7 a.m. for 60 and over shoppers.
    • CLICK HERE for details.
  • Kroger
    • Monday — Thursday, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. exclusive shopping for seniors 60 and older.
    • CLICK HERE for details.
  • Lucky’s Market Columbus 
    • Daily, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. early shopping hours for seniors and other vulnerable community members.
    • CLICK HERE for details.
  • Sam’s Club 
    • Tuesday and Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Shop from your car for seniors and those with disabilities or compromised immune systems (including pharmacy and optical).
    • From a designated parking location, members in need can place their orders from their car, and a Sam’s Club associate will retrieve the items. Then members check out using Scan & Go.
    • Members will not be required to show proof of age or health status for this concierge service. 
    • Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Starting Sunday, April 19, “Hero Hours” for first responders and health care workers.
  • Target 
    • Tuesday and Wednesday, the first hour of shopping to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. 
    • Most central Ohio stores open at 8 a.m. Please visit to find your local store opening time.
  • Trader Joe’s
    • The first hour of operation every dayeither 8 a.m. — 9 a.m. or 9 a.m. — 10 a.m. to serve our senior customers over the age of 60 and customers with disabilities who may need additional assistance while shopping.
    • CLICK HERE to check a location.
  • Walmart
    • Tuesdays, one hour before opening, customers 60 and older can shop the store and Pharmacy.
    • CLICK HERE to check a location.
  • Whole Foods
    • One hour before opening to the general public, servicing customers who are 60 and older.
    •  CLICK HERE to find a store.

SNAP Recipients

SNAP recipients can now shop online and pick up their items in a car in what’s being called a “click and collect option.”

Governor DeWine said this is made possible through the government’s partnership with the Department of Agriculture and grocery stores across Ohio in order to ensure the vulnerable Ohioans have access to food.

“SNAP recipients will be able to swipe their EBT cards from their cars now without entering the store at all,” DeWine said.

Telehealth expansion in Ohio

The governor’s office says it has executed emergency rules to expand and enhance telehealth options for Ohioans and their providers.

They say these rules will relax regulations so that more people can be served in their homes.

According to the Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the change is meant to reduce Ohioans’ risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

For information, visit the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Student loans

President Donald Trump announced he’s going to temporarily suspend payments on federal student loans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This comes exactly one week after Trump said he was going to waive the interest on federal student loans.

Trump said the suspension will last for at least 60 days and added borrowers should contact their lenders for more information. Federal lenders were made aware of the news by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the IRS has officially moved Tax Day to July 15.

This will give extra time for individuals and businesses to file their taxes and move the filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.

“We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties,” Mnuchin said.

Educational resources

Highlights for Children

Here is a list of free resources that Highlights is offering online:

  • Printable pages from Highlights Learning Big Fun workbooks
  • Digital play on apps
  • Free content on YouTube, which includes channels specifically for kids (see Highlights Kids, Highlights High Five, Highlights en Español and Highlights Hangout — as well as a channel specifically for grown-ups
  • Free content on, which features activities, games, crafts, recipes, science Q&As, the Highlights Hangout podcast and more
  • Free crafts and activities to do at home, resources on skill development and articles — all geared toward parents on


ABCMouse is giving free access to its learning software to kids affected by school closures.

To get free access for your child, you must have your school request it using this form. A subscription runs about $10 a month or you can save money by paying in advance. Keep in mind, when I spoke to ABCMouse they said they got about 10,000 requests in the first few days after their announcement, so it might take a bit for them to respond to the request for free access.

Homeschool with Nina

Dress up is encouraged as Columbus’ Nina West takes over as teacher Tuesday afternoon.

Nina will host and star in “Homeschool with Nina,” a special, family-friendly half-hour show where people can sing along to songs from Nina’s hit children’s album “Drag Is Magic.”

On the Facebook event page, Nina says: “yes, requests will be taken! DRESS UP is encouraged! Come as your favorite pirate, princess, doctor, or queen!”

Ohio History Connection

You can now explore Ohio’s history without stepping foot inside a museum. To help families learning from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the Ohio History Connection is offering free online resources.

The online “Learn at Home” content is trying to defy stereotypes about dry lectures and boring textbooks. Instead, researchers, curators, and other experts have designed lesson plans with videos, interactive worksheets, and other activities.

All of the lessons are offered free of charge right here.

Primary Election

For the latest information about the postponement of Ohio’s PRIMARY ELECTION, visit    

  • The Ohio Senate is working collaboratively with the Governor and the Secretary of State in the coming days on any legislation necessary to deal with this unique and challenging set of circumstances. 

Coronavirus in Ohio resources:

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