COVID-19 Resources

Last updated July 7, 2021.

The Iowa City Public Library is collecting information about resources being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide contains information about the following: financial resources for businesses and nonprofits; relief for individuals; food assistance, groceries, and delivery services.

We are happy to answer additional questions. Contact us through our Ask Us page.

Businesses & Nonprofits

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Support for Businesses

U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Loans

From their website: “The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).” For more information and to apply online, visit the SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Assistance page. 

The CARES Act has expanded the SBA’s loan program options, in addition to an option for debt relief. Visit the Coronavirus Relief Options page. 

Funding for Nonprofits

Foundation Directory Online

Nonprofits searching for grants have access to the Foundation Directory Online on the Iowa City Public Library's computers.


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Opportunities to Learn More Skills

Library Resources

The Library's subscription to LinkedIn Learning offers over 16,000 skill-building video tutorials in seven languages across business, creative, and technical categories.

Brainfuse JobNow has a number of options for help improving your resume writing and interviewing skills, including live one-on-one help. Brainfuse also has a Skill Surfer section where people can go to learn new skills and work towards certifications. Or try the Brainfuse Adult Learning Center for more skill building options.

The Library also provides access to Learning Express, where you can find online lessons for adult core skills as well as career preperation resources. 

You may need an ICPL card number and password to access some of these resources remotely. 

IowaWORKS Center

The IowaWORKS Center office help options at Eastdale Plaza (1700 S 1st Avenue, Suite 11B) include programs such as Unemployment Insurance, Career Services, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Youth services through a partnership with local, state and national organizations. IowaWORKS Center also offers specialized services for veterans and youth ages 16 to 24.

Emergency Cash and Grant Opportunities

CommUnity Basic Needs Program

CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank is continuing to offer financial assistance to help with housing and utility costs as well as new employment work items. Call 319-351-0128 Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Family Investment Program

The Family Investment Program (FIP) is Iowa's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. FIP provides cash assistance to needy families as they become self-supporting so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives. For information, including how to apply, call the Johnson County DHS office at 319-356-6050.

Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program

IIAGP offers grants to families whose household’s annual income is at 200% or less of the federal poverty level. Each qualifying household MAY receive up to $5,000.00. The IIAGP is activated when the Governor issues a disaster proclamation turning on IIAGP for the affected counties.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heating by providing a one-time payment to the heating utility. Applications for assistance are accepted between October and April. Apply at the Johnson County Hawkeye Area Community Action Program. Call 319-393-7811 Ext. 1001. More information can be found on the HACAP website

Grants for Specific Professions

It’s also worth looking for disaster assistance or relief grants related to specific professions. For example, stylists and others working in the beauty profession can apply for a basic needs grant through the Professional Beauty Association. The City of Iowa City Coronavirus Resources collection has a list of economic relief options for Restaurant, Food Industry, and Takeout Workers Assistance.

Student Emergency Assistance

Student Support Services has a Student Emergency Fund that can assist and support University of Iowa students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at the University of Iowa.

Mortgage Relief


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  are working together to help homeowners and renters during the coronavirus pandemic. The CFPB website can help you learn about mortgate relief options supported by this law, as well as what protections renters have. 

A free hotline has been set up by Iowa Legal Aid to provide Iowans some support that may be facing legal issues during the COVID-19 outbreak, including eviction, denial of unemployment benefits, employment issues, identity theft and more. The COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline number is 1-800-332-0419. Callers should leave a message, and Iowa Legal Aid staff will call them back to screen them for eligibility. Those who are eligible for Iowa Legal Aid’s free legal services will be connected with an attorney; those who are not eligible for free services will be referred to volunteer lawyers with the Iowa State Bar Association. For more information go to the Iowa Legal Aid website. 

Food & Groceries

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Free Meals & Food Pantries

Map created by Russell Martin.


CommUnity Food Bank

The CommUnity Food Pantry at Pepperwood (1045 Highway 6 East, Iowa City) offers “client choice,” where clients can walk the aisles for food and select only what they'd like, as they would at a grocery store. The are open at the following times: 

  • Monday – 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday – 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday – 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday – 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday – 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Food delivery is now available to Johnson County residents. Call 319-519-6165 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to request delivery. This service is a partnership between CommUnity Food Bank, Coralville Community Food Pantry, and North Liberty Community Pantry. 

The CommUnity Mobile Food Pantry stops once per month at 10 different locations in Johnson County. Their website says, “The Mobile Food Pantry provides monthly grocery assistance to residents of underserved and/or rural residential areas in Johnson County. The Mobile Pantry offers a variety of perishable and non-perishable food items, as well as baby and household items.” First-time visitors will be asked some questions before using the pantry.

Coralville Community Food Pantry 

For residents of Coralville and Tiffin, the Coralville Community Food Pantry (1002 5th St.) is open at the following times:

  • Tuesday – 2-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 5-7 p.m.
  • Thursday – 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

IC Compassion Food Pantry

IC Compassion (1035 Wade St.) runs a food pantry that is open at the following times:

  • Wednesday – 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday – 12-6:30 p.m.

Iowa City Free Lunch Program

The Iowa City Free Lunch Program continues to provide free meals from 12-1 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 1105 S. Gilbert Ct. The service is offering food in to-go containers only and may be picked up from a door on the north side of the building.

North Liberty Community Pantry

North Liberty and rural Johnson County residents can visit the North Liberty Community Pantry (89 Jones Blvd) once per week. They are open at the following times:

  • Monday – 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 10- 12 p.m., and 3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Thursday – 10- 12 p.m., and 3-6 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Safety & Mental Health

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Mental Health Aid & Disaster Distress

COVID Recovery Iowa

COVID Recovery Iowa is offering free counseling and support for Iowans. Counselors are available 24/7. Call 1-844-775-WARM or fill out the form on the website

CommUnity Crisis Services

If you’re experiencing an emotional crisis, call or text 1-855-325-4296 or chat them at The Disaster Distress text line is 1-800-985-5990. CommUnity Crisis Services are 24/7. For more information on this service, visit their website. Online chat is available at

Abbe Mental Health

Per its website, Abbe Center is offering a free Mental Health Coaching session to individuals that need tips on caring for their mental health during this public health emergency. For more information, call 319-398-3562.

National Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741741.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255. This program offers 24/7 online chat.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Help

Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)

Free and confidential 24-hr emergency hotline. Call 800-373-1043. DVIP also offers emergency shelter in Iowa City.

Iowa Victim Service Call Center: Call 1-800-770-1650 or text "IOWAHELP" to 20121.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233 or text “LOVEIS” to 22522.

Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP)

People looking for immediate support can still call RVAP's 24-hour support line at 319-335-6000 or 800-228-1625 to speak with an advocate.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Live chat available at RAINN's local advocate center is RVAP. en español. Also accepts calls from people younger than 18.

Alcohol & Substance Abuse

SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a services locator to find a local treatment provider for paid services. 

Prelude Behavioral Resources: Call 319-351-4357 (351-HELP).Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Outpatient services conducted via Telehealth on Zoom. Financial assistance available.