COVID-19 Resources

April 1, 2020

Dear Advocates,

Despite social distancing and working from home – our Children’s Guardian Fund team is here for you.

We realize that many of the families we serve together are facing financial challenges.  For this reason, we have compiled a list of resources that can help with essentials.

As you review these resources, please bear in mind that this is a rapidly evolving situation, so be sure to check back for updates often and advise caregivers to call agencies BEFORE going to their location.

Local 211 COVID-19 Resource site:

Food (Sarasota & Desoto):

Food (Manatee):


Also, schools in Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto Counties are serving lunch and breakfast for the next day to students 18 and younger.  You can learn more about this program by visiting the school district website.


Rent/Utilities/Mortgage resources:

Community funds to assist families affected by COVID 19, including, rental assistance, utility bills, childcare, transportation, food vouchers, or other crucial expenses will become available. However, to be eligible, the person must become a client of one of the nonprofits that also provides case management services.

Here is the list of agencies who will be receiving funds for COVID-19 related needs:

Catholic Charities for DeSoto County

Catholic Charities for Sarasota County

Friendship Centers

Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center for Sarasota County

Jewish Family & Children’s Service for Sarasota County

Manatee Community Action Agency for Manatee County

North Port Social Services

The Salvation Army of Sarasota County

Turning Points

United Way of Charlotte County

Education resources:

Manatee County –

Soar in 4 provides educational resources and special events, which are always free and available for all Manatee County students.

All 3 counties –

Online learning tool:

Additional resource links can be found here:

If you are unable to find a resource that can assist your child or family, you can always reach out to our staff at 941-504-9515 or 941-702-0828.

Stay safe,

Children’s Guardian Fund