Trying to compile a list of Covid-19 information and resources for New Mexicans. If you are aware of additional programs, resources, etc., please leave a comment. I will be researching and screening information prior to adding to the article or approving comments to avoid phishing links and scams.
Still in the information gathering process. I will update frequently over the next few days. For example, I will break up the information into sections over the next few days so it is easier to organize, navigate, and update.
Again, additional suggestions are welcome in the comments below. If there are other services and resources that you need, please let me know. Happy to research.
Typical COVID-19 Symptoms
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Covid-19 Testing Sites Statewide
- Hotline for information from the New Mexico Department of Health – 1-855-600-3453.
- For information on childcare, loss of income, supplies, food – 1-833-551-0518
- State Department of Aging – 1-800-432-2080
- New Mexico Out of School Time | Educational Resources
- New Mexico Department of Health
- Announcement: emergency economic relief program
- COVID-19 relief program for New Mexico businesses
- Prevention and Preparedness Resources
- New Mexico Public Education
Ways to Help
The FDA is urging people to make blood donations. Vitalant has four blood donation centers across the state. Call 1-877-258-4825 or go to vitalant.org to make an appointment before you go. Also, if you are sick, do not donate.
Vitalant Blood Donation Centers
- Albuquerque Donor Center
- 1515 University Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87102
- Farmington Donor Center
- 475 E. 20th St. Suite A Farmington, NM 87401
- Rio Rancho Donor Center
- 2003 Southern Blvd. SE Suite 122 Rio Rancho, NM 87124
- Santa Fe Donor Center
- 2801 Rodeo Road Suites C1-C2 Santa Fe, NM 87505
Lovelace Medical Center and Vitalant are holding a blood drive on Wednesday, March 25, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the parking lot of Longfellow Elementary School, which is located at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue and Walter Street.
ALTSD & DBHS
The State Aging and Long-Term Services Department announced a partnership with Bernalillo County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services to get much-needed supplies and food to homebound seniors and disabled people. Starting Monday March 23, the South Valley Multi-Purpose Center, will be a hub for people to drop off donations.
State employees as well as volunteers will collect the drive-through donations, sanitize the supplies/ packaged, non-perishable food items, and then distribute them across Bernalillo County for individuals who are homebound and have called the hotline.
South Valley Multi-Purpose Center
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Packaged toilet paper
- Toiletries, including deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shaving soap and feminine hygiene products.
- Other non-food items needed are cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer
- Boxed pasta dinners, such as macaroni and cheese
- Needed milk items include powdered milk, boxed puddings and cheese spreads
- Types of grain products to consider include brown rice. Whole grain bread, bagels or muffins can be donated if it has more than 1 week before best use date.
- Oatmeal and boxed cereal highly prefer bagged items that are easily sanitized
- Formula, baby food, and diapers will be accepted as many individuals who are homebound right now are providing care for grandchildren or other dependents
Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the food bank during business hours. Community members who are ill or experiencing any symptoms of an illness should arrange for another person to deliver food donations to the food bank. As the food bank fleet must remain focused on delivering food, food pickups will not be available. Right now, Roadrunner Food Bank is operating as usual and needs the help and support of volunteers. To learn more about volunteering, visit https://www.rrfb.org/give/give-time/.
The Food Depot helps feed hungry families in northern New Mexico. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are holding food distributions in Santa Fe. The next food distribution, in partnership with Santa Fe Public Schools, will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at Capital High School. There is also another one Tuesday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail (in collaboration with Bag n Hand Food Pantry). To learn more about upcoming food distribution locations visit https://www.thefooddepot.org.
School Meal Sites
For any questions relating to school closures, job issues, food etc., please call 1-833-551-0518
- APS has Identified 89 Sites for Student Meal Pick-ups
- Grab & Go meals will be provided to students during three-week school closure.
- Follow the hyperlink above for more information
Animas Public Schools
Artesia Public Schools
Aztec Municipal Schools
Belen Consolidated Schools
Bernalillo Public Schools
Capitan Municipal Schools
Carlsbad Municipal Schools
- Carlsbad Municipal Schools will be providing meals at the following sites:
- Hillcrest Elementary – 215 N. 6th Street
- Carlsbad High School – 3000 W. Church
- Carlsbad Intermediate School – 8—W. Church
- Desert Willow Elementary – 2100 Primrose Street
- Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy – 301 Alta Vista Street
- Breakfast and Lunch meals will be provided together from 9:00 – 10:30am for pick up each day.
Carrizozo Municipal Schools (575)648-2346
Central Consolidated Schools (505) 598-1018
Chama Valley Schools
Cimarron Public Schools
- Students can pick up a Grab and Go Lunch and Breakfast for the following day at the following locations/times, Monday through Friday for the duration of the closure:
- Cimarron Elementary Cafeteria (West side of building): 11:00 am – 12:00 pm daily
- Eagle Nest School (front of the building): 11:30 am – 12:30 pm daily
- Angel Nest Apartments (front of the building): 11:45 am – 12:00 pm daily
- Angel Skye Apartments (front of the building): 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm daily
- Lowe’s grocery store (front of the building): 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm daily
Clayton Municipal Schools (575) 374-9611
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools (575) 601-4416
Clovis Municipal Schools
Cobre Consolidated Schools
Corona Public Schools (575) 849-1911
Cuba Independent Schools
- Beginning Wednesday 3/18 grab’n go meals will be available at the CHS cafeteria from 10-11am & in outlying communities with exact time & location to be announced
- Deming Public Schools, Student Nutrition Department will provide free meals to all DPS enrolled students regardless of which school they attend. No paperwork is required, children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals will be provided based on the number of children present. Families will be able to pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time (drive-thru meal service). On the following dates Monday, March 23 – Friday, April 3, 2020 at four school sites from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Meals will be provided on a first come first serve basis.
- Bataan Elementary – 2200 Hwy 418 SW, Deming, NM
- Columbus Elementary – 7450 Altura RD SE, Columbus, NM
- Ruben S. Torres Elementary – 1910 8th Street NW, Deming, NM
- Central Cafeteria – 422 W Birch, Deming, NM
Des Moines Municipal Schools (575) 278-2611
Dexter Consolidated Schools
Dora Consolidated Schools (575) 477-2211
Dulce Independent Schools
Espanola Public Schools
- District officials will meet on Sunday afternoon to plan and work out logistics during the closure, including food options for students and expectations for school employees for the next three weeks.
- During the time of school closure, the District is working on a plan to provide school meals beginning on Tuesday, March 24th (after the District’s scheduled Spring Break)
- All FMS PreK-12 students are eligible for meals at any site, not just the school they attend. STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT. Breakfast & lunch served at the same time. All meals must be taken home, not eaten on school premises. Use bus loading zones for car or walking pickups. Meal distributions will occur Monday-Friday starting March 23 until April 3.
- Morning pick-up: 8-10am
- Animas Elementary
- Apache Elementary
- Bluffiew Elementary
- McCormick Elementary
- Esperanza Elementary
- McKinley Elementary
- Hermosa Middle School
- Tibbetts Middle School
- Farmington High School
- Rocinante High School
- Evening pick-up (for next day): 5-7pm
- Central Kitchen (305 N. Court)
- Tibbetts Middle School
- Mesa View Middle School
Gadsden Independent Schools
Gallup-McKinley County Schools (505) 721-1000
Grants-Cibola County Schools
- Meals for students will continue to be provided to all GCCS students. Lunches will be provided through a bus route delivery system and school site delivery system.
- Meals availability begins on TUESDAY, March 17th
- Meals will be made available through two distribution channels:
- For those students who ordinarily ride the bus to school, meals will be delivered to the bus stops where the student would normally be picked up (times TBD)
- Those students who do not ordinarily ride the bus to school will be able to pick up meals at their regular school sites. These meals will be prepared as a “grab ’n go” method.
- Distribution of meals (Breakfast & Lunch).
- Please note that meals will be ready for pickup starting at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 16th – Friday, March 20th. Students must have ID cards with no exceptions!
Hatch Valley Public Schools
Hobbs Municipal Schools
- Meals seved in “to go” packs Monday – Friday, March 16 – April 3
- Breakfast, 7:30am – 8:15am
- Lunch, 11:30am – 12:30pm
- Provided at all 13 elementary schools in Hobbs Municipal Schools
- If you are a secondary student, you are encouraged to go to the elementary school closest to your home.
Hondo Valley Public Schools
Jemez Mountain Public Schools
Jemez Valley Public Schools
Lake Arthur Municipal Schools
Las Cruces Public Schools
Las Vegas City Public Schools
- Beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 Las Vegas City Schools will be serving grab & go breakfasts and lunch to students. At this time no one will be allowed to eat in the cafeteria. Buses will travel to outlying communities following their bus routes to deliver breakfast and lunch. Bus numbers delivering are 71, 80, 82, and 64. Serving times are as follows:
- Silas Lopez ECC Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30am; lunch 11:30am – 12pm
- Sierra Vista Elementary Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30am; lunch 11:30am – 12:30pm
- Breakfast Delivery for Breakfast: Leave Las Vegas at 8:00am
- Bus Delivery for Lunch: Leave Las Vegas at 11:00am
- School based health clinics will remain open. Questions about health issues call 1-855-600-3453
- Beginning March 16th and ending April 3rd, grab and go lunches will be provided for students who need them from 11 am – 1 pm at Aspen Elementary School
- Beginning March 17, 2020, LLPS will provide FREE breakfast and lunch to all students.
- Both Meals will be served from 11:30-1:00 every weekday, except holidays. Meals will be provided to students at several of our school sites and in the community. All meals will be “grab and go” and will be served by driving through a line. Adult meals will cost $4.00.
- The following sites will provide meals to students during the 3-week closure:
- Ann Parish Elementary
- Meadowlake Fire Station
- Desert View Elementary
- Los Lunas Elementary
- Katherine Gallegos Elementary
- Huning Ranch Park
- Los Lunas High School
- Peralta Elementary
Loving Municipal Schools
Lovington Public Schools
Magdalena Municipal Schools
Maxwell Municipal Schools
Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools
Mora Independent Schools
Moriarty Municipal Schools
Mosquero Municipal Schools
Pecos Independent Schools
Peñasco Independent Schools
- During the closure food service will continue on the following schedule:
- Monday – Friday Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch will be distributed between 10:00 -12:00 at 3 locations:
- PISD Cafeteria
- Ojo Sarco Community Center
- Picuris Pueblo
- The Portales School Board will meet on Monday to discuss and make decisions about this unforeseen closure. More information will be provided after that meeting.
- Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Questa Public Schools will provide breakfast and lunch to students using a drive thru method. As you drive up to the designated sites, tell the person at the site the number of meals you need. A paper sack will be handed to you with the meal(s). Please do not get out of your vehicle as this is very important for everyone’s well being. This will continue throughout the three weeks unless the system has to be modified for unforeseen reasons. At Cerro & Costilla look for a QISD Suburban.
- All meals will be served accordingly: Breakfast 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM and Lunch 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
- Questa, Alta Vista – Alta Vista north side cafeteria door
- Cerro: Cerro VFW
- Costilla: Costilla Gas Station
- During the three-week mandatory school closure, grab-n-go breakfast and lunches will be made available to children up to the age of 18 at the following locations:
- Rio Rancho Middle School (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
- Ernest Stapleton Elementary School (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (11am to 12 p.m.)
- Puesta del Sol Elementary School (11am to 12 p.m.)
- Colinas del Norte Elementary School (11:30 to 12:30 p.m.)
- Sandia Vista Elementary School (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Lincoln Middle School (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
- As with our summer meal program, all children must be in the vehicle with the adult picking up the meals in order for us to release the meals. We will provide both breakfast and lunch in a grab-n-go format at the same time.
- Drive-thru pick-up service located at White Mountain Elementary School
- Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30am
- Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00pm
- Student’s name is the only requirement for pick-up.
- *Food 4 Kids Backpack program will continue with weekend food distribution during the 3 weeks of closures. Food will be available during Friday distributions at the WME Cafeteria drive-thru pick-up area.
- The district will provide meals, free of charge, to all SFPS students under age 18, beginning after Spring Break, on Monday, March 23rd. These meals will be distributed curbside at the following locations:
- Aspen Middle School
- Capital High School
- Chaparral Elementary School
- Kearny Elementary School
- Ramirez Thomas Elementary School
- Santa Fe High School
- Sweeney Elementary School
- Food pickup will be available at the following times:
- Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
- Lunch 11:45 AM – 12:45 AM
- As you pick up meals, please remain in your vehicle. The district will let families know, as soon as possible, if they will have meals available during Spring Break, March 16th – 23rd.
- Beginning Monday, March 23, Stout Elementary Cafeteria and Cliff Schools Cafeteria will be serving grab & go meals for breakfast from 8:00 – 9:00am and lunch grab & go meals from 12:00 – 1:00pm
- Communication about potential spring break sites is forthcoming
Socorro Consolidated Schools
Springer Municipal Schools
- Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, Monday – Friday, all students may pick up breakfast and lunch next door to the fire department. Students may not linger; this is a grab and go. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m.
- Meal Distributions start Monday, March 23rd. Stay tuned to Taos website for more information.
- During the weeks of March 16 and March 30th, Tatum Schools will provide give and go lunches at the School Cafeteria at 11:30 AM (Monday – Thursday). These meals will be provided for students only. Lunches will not be provided during the week of March 23 due to this being Spring Break Week.
- Meals will be provided to students during this crisis starting Monday and will carry on through Friday for the duration of the closure and Spring Break. Breakfast will be served from 7:30am to 9am and lunch will be from 11:30am to 1pm and will be in the form of a grab and go kit. These meals can be either taken to your vehicle or handed out at the doors in front of Mesa Cafeteria.
- Breakfast and lunch grab & go meals will be provided 8:30-9:00/11:30-12:30 at the TMS Cafeteria and Mescalero Community Center for the weeks of Mar 16-20/Mar30-Apr3. Updates will be posted as needed.
Vaughn Municipal Schools
Wagon Mound Public Schools
West Las Vegas Public Schools
Zuni Public Schools
- ZPSD will serve students (K-12) breakfast and lunch after spring break ends. Meals will be served on weekdays from March 23rd – 27th and March 30th – April 3rd via summer school sites. Watch all social media sites for the times.
ABQ’s Senior Affairs is asking for donations of food and necessary items like non-perishable food items, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, low-sodium and sugarfree snacks, adult briefs, and cleaning supplies.
Drop Off Locations
- Department of Senior Affairs Offices – 1620 1st Street NW 87102
- Jeffery Russell Memorial Substation – 12800 Lomas NE 87112
- John Carrillo Memorial Substation – 8201 Osuna NE 87109
- Michael King and Richard Smith Memorial Substation – 10401 Cibola Loop NW 87114
- Phil Chacon Memorial Substation – 800 Louisiana SE 87108
- Shawn McWethy Memorial Substation – 6404 Los Volcanes NW 87121
- Gerald Cline Memorial Substation – 5407 2nd Street NW 87107
In Albuquerque, the Department of Senior Affairs is also helping out seniors. The department is transitioning its senior centers into food distribution sites where there will be a pickup and go option.
Additionally, they have a home delivery program. Home-bound seniors who are interested should call 505-764-6400.
Help Getting to the Grocery Store
The state is offering help to New Mexico seniors. The Aging and Long Term Services Department says if you’re a senior or a disabled adult who cannot access groceries to call the number 1-800-432-2080 due to the coronavirus.
Leave a message with your name, telephone number, and the city/town you reside in. Aging and Long Term Services will be in contact with you within 2 hours of your call if not sooner. This comes as
New Mexico’s largest electricity provider PNM and New Mexico Gas Company announced on Monday, March 16 that they will be suspending electric service and gas disconnections due to the impact of the coronavirus.
Senior Store Hours
The United Family of stores, which includes Albertsons Market, beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, every store will have a dedicated shopping time from 7:00 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday for shoppers older than 60 and guests who have compromised immune systems.
Locations throughout New Mexico are reserving the first hour of every day for seniors and those most vulnerable to COVID-19.
The bulk retailer said in a statement Saturday that it will open its doors for members 60 years and older ever Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The special hours will begin March 24.
Dollar General stores will dedicate the first hour of every shopping day to senior shoppers beginning Tuesday, March 17. Please call individual stores for details.
(Roswell and Portales) – Stores will be opening early, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. every day, except for Sundays at Roswell locations, for seniors ages 60 years and older.
(Artesia) – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays store will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for seniors.
Various locations throughout New Mexico will be offering early hours for seniors. It will vary by store but many, including Albuquerque’s Candelaria location and Santa Fe market will open early on Sundays to serve seniors. You are asked to call your local store for details.
(Carlsbad) – Stores will be opening early every day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for seniors.
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores throughout New Mexico will be allowing senior citizens special hours to shop. Starting on Wednesday, March 18, Smith’s will be dedicating its first hour from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to shoppers 60 years of age or older until further notice as they are the most vulnerable to coronavirus.
Target announced Tuesday that stores across the country will take measures to ensure elderly customers and those with underlying health conditions have access to stocked shelves amid a wave of panic-buying caused by the coronavirus.
Starting Wednesday, the first hour of shopping every Wednesday will be reserved for the elderly or shoppers who have underlying health conditions. Furthermore, Target stores will also be closing early, at 9 p.m. local time, so employees can clean and restock the stores.
Beginning March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Our pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public every day.
Homeless shelters are still in need of supplies. Consider donating items to a shelter near you or call to see what items they might need. View list of shelters.
Donate to One Albuquerque Fund, which the city says will be “expediting housing vouchers” for those who are experiencing homelessness. To donate, visit https://onealbuquerque.org/donate.php.
City of Albuquerque
CABQ is seeking volunteers to help the community in this time of need. There are numerous volunteer opportunities listed on the city’s website that range from helping at the animal shelter to the Meals on Wheels program.
New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Dept.
The state’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is seeking volunteers to provide food or other aid to seniors in New Mexico. To get involved, email email@example.com with the subject line: “Ready to help.”
CABQ Westside Shelter
Help prepare meals for people staying at the City of Albuquerque’s Westside shelter. A variety of spots are open, sign up by visiting cabq.gov/mealservice.
Santa Fe Food Depot
If you are interested in volunteering at The Food Depot in Santa Fe, please email our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please do not arrive at The Food Depot without starting the intake process.
East Mountain’s Facebook Group
The ‘Covid19 Resources for East Mountains’ group is on Facebook. The 400+ members put together a list of resources from shopping requests to volunteer sign-ups. Additionally, they’ve put together a list of contact information for those in need:
KRQE Cares has three initiatives that are always expanding: Shoes for Kids, Books for Kids, and Food for Kids. Make your donations through the Assistance League of Albuquerque
Silver Horizons helps struggling seniors from Santa Fe to Belen. Their events have been either canceled or postponed due to the pandemic; however, they are still asking for monetary donations so they can help low-income seniors. Visit their website, to donate.
People can make a monetary donation by going online.
People can make a monetary donation by going online.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with local businesses to deliver care packages to those in need. The care packages are for people who cannot leave their homes and will be delivered by uniformed deputies. For example, items needed include toilet paper, paper towels, water, milk and non-perishables. If you need assistance or would like to donate call 505-377-6566.
Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare is asking people to use their time at home to help an animal looking for a home. The shelter wants people to sign up for their new emergency foster program, which is a list of people willing to temporarily take home a shelter pet for the next four to six weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Also, the east and westside shelters will be giving people who sign up to foster, food, blankets and toy for the animal.