Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

crisis helpline 763 591 0100

It's not easy to ask for help...but when you do, we'll be there.

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery has a critical role in supporting families in our community and we are pleased to announce that we have resumed our overnight care for children.

Extensive safety protocols and staff training have been put in place. These protocols are informed by the most up-to-date guidance from both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with a priority focus on Child Care Centers, Congregate Living Facilities and Business Guidelines as well as direct consultation from DHS (Department of Human Services) and MDH.

The safety of our children, families, volunteers, and staff is extremely important. In light of the current pandemic, our staff are following the revised care protocols in order to provide an environment that is as safe and healthy as possible.

Please know, we are committed to our community and our role in partnering with families.  If you are interested in more information about how our services have been revised, please call our 24 hour crisis line at 763-591-0100.

Here is an extensive list of resources to help connect you with anything you may need.

If you are feeling anxious during this stressful time, please text HOME to 741-741 or call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a crisis counselor 

You can also talk to someone about the distress of the pandemic at 1-800-985-5990

To connect with more resources in your community dial 2-1-1 or call Greater Twin Cities United Way: 651-291-0211

COVID-19 Information


Crisis Lines

Mental Health Lines:
COPE Psychiatric Line: 612-596-1223
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Hotline: 612- 873-2222
Crisis Referral Line: 612-873-3161
First Call For Help: 2-1-1
Mental Health & Addiction Connection line: 866-603-0016
Trevor Project (feeling suicidal): 866-488-7386
Postpartum Support International: 1-800-944-4773
Disaster Distress Helpline (24-7): 1-800-985-5990
National Alliance on Mental Illness: 651-645-2948
National Institute of Mental Health/ Depression and Panic Disorder Hotline: 1-800-421-4211
National Mental Health Association: 1-800-969-6642
Walk-in-counseling (via phone or video conference): 612-870-0565
Grief Support: 800-221-7437
Hope Line: 919-231-4525 (can call OR text)
Depression and Bipolar support: 800-273-8255

Domestic Abuse/ Violence Lines:

Domestic Abuse Project Line: 612-673-3526
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-787-3224 OR 800-799-7233
Home Free: 763-559-4945
Crisis Text Line for Domestic Violence: text ANSWER to 839-863
Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 866-331-9474
Rape, Abuse and Incest Network helpline (24/7): 800-656-4673 OR 212-227-3000
State Crisis Line: 1-866-223-1111

Child Help Lines:
School and childcare hotline (7am-7pm): 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Children’s crisis line Hennepin County: 612-348-2233
National Child Abuse Hotline (24/7): 1-800-422-4453
National Parent Helpline: 1-855-427-2736
Youth Advocacy Hotline: 800-872-5437
Youth LGBTQ Talk line: 800-246-7743
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

National Parent Helpline: 1-855-427-2736
Baby Safe Haven: 888-510-2229
American Pregnancy Helpline: 866-942-6466
Birthright International: 800-550-4900
Parenting Stress Helpline: 800-829-3777
Families Anonymous: 1-800-763-9805

Addiction Alcohol and Drugs:
Mental Health & Addiction Connection line: 866-603-0016
Al-Anon/Alateen: 888-425-2666
Crisis Call alcohol/ addiction: 800-273-8255
National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Info Center: 800-662-4357
Nar-Anon: 800-477-6291 OR 1-818-773-9999
Alcoholics Anonymous: 510-839-8900


Food Assistance

The Sheridan Story: 612-568-4003 (Food for kids when school lunches are not available)
Second Harvest Heartland: 888-339-3663 (During this time, they are providing emergency food boxes, prepared meals from restaurants that they have partnered with, and they are proving SNAP assistance and outreach)
New Life Family Services: 612-623-8378 (Mon- Fri 8am to 3pm, they can possibly provide formula and other infant resources during this time)
Community Emergency Resource: 612-870-1125 (Formula and Diapers)
Grace Lutheran Church: 612-788-2444 ext 10 (Must call ahead Monday-Friday)
Salvation Army Twin Cities: 612-789-1512 (Food shelf options as well as formula)
YMCA: 612-230-9622 (Free food)

** If you are looking for help with school lunches, please call the schools that are located around you. Many schools have curb-side food pick up options. **

As of 3/19/2020, these local Twin Cities locations are offering free meals for children. Do please call to check and make sure of conditions and availability.

Hennepin County

Granite City Food & Brewery
1595 Highway 36 W, Roseville, MN 55113: 651-209-3500
3330 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan, MN 55121: 651-452-4600
11909 Main Street, Maple Grove, MN 55369: 763-416-0010
Every kid can receive a free lunch that contains a turkey sandwich, chips, and applesauce. Completely free, no other purchase is necessary. Just ask for a manager and we will be happy to make it happen.

Bacon Social House
700 S 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 428-7107
Get a free kids menu item with the purchase of a regular entree at all three of our locations during regular business hours Monday-Friday until April 6.

Que Viet Village House
2211 Johnson St NE #3905, Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-4744
Starting Wednesday any child that needs help with lunch may come for free fried rice
Please say you’re here for an order for KYLSEA pronounced Kelsey it will be our secret code and our staff will know what to do from there. Why Kylsea? We can tell you when you get here. Kids may chose between chicken or pork fried rice

602 South Washington Ave; Minneapolis, MN 55415
Starting Wed, March 18th, Zen Box will be introducing a limited Pay-what-you-can Take out only menu. Orders will be accepted by phone or online from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Monday to Friday only. If you use this page to order please note that all items will be charged at $0; when you arrive at the restaurant, you have the option of paying the full price for your item or choosing how much you would like to spend. Please do not feel obligated to pay full price if you cannot afford it. We are offering this special Pay-what-you-can menu because we are trying to help those most effected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like us to bring your food out to your car, please call the restaurant 612-332-3936 when you arrive and have your credit card info ready for payment over the phone.

Maya Cuisine
1840 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0775
Every child will also continue to receive a free lunch consisting of a cheese quesadilla, rice and beans. We will be reducing all of our meal prices to $10 and include a drink, chips and salsa. Free Maya delivery and meals for $10 are offered as another way to help our community and help keep our staff employed.

El Tejaban Mexican Grill
6519 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 243-9699
El Tejaban will be offering any kids meal for free to any children under 15 starting Monday until April 1st. 11am to 5pm.

Lucky Cricket
1607 West End Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 206-6830
Free meals for children under 12.

Tavern 4&5 Eden Prairie
16396 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 934-4545
Offering choice of ham, or turkey and cheese sandwich, fruit or applesauce, and chips. Call 952-934-4545, and they will bring the items to your car.

Great Harvest Bread Co.
3714 Grove Dr, Maple Grove, MN 55311
(763) 416-1911
Call (763) 416-1911 to order ahead and pickup curbside. It’s also offering free breads and goodie bags to families in need

318 Cafe
318 Water St, Excelsior, MN 55331
(952) 401-7902
Please note our free lunches for kids are limited to number of children present and under age 13.
We will be offering free meals for kids and our drive thru window will offer prepaid, minimal contact order pick up. Between hours of 10-2, children can get a cold sandwich of their choice and potato chips at no charge.

Ramsey County

Hope Breakfast Bar
1 S Leech St, St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 330-8996
Serving breakfast sandwiches. Email to order.

Billy’s on Grand
857 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 292-9140
For the next week, we will be offering kids 14 and under a free meal off of our kid’s menu from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM!

Ha Long Bay Restaurant
2741 Co Rd E East, St Paul, MN 55110
(651) 653-6868
Between (3/16/20-3/27/20 Monday-Friday 11am-2pm). Every kid who receives free/reduced lunch from school also receives free lunch from Ha Long Bay completely free, no purchase is necessary. (Dine in or Take out). Parents/Guardians please Mention KidsMeal to your cashier/server before ordering. No proof needed- Honesty System we believe.

Dakota County

Piada Street Food
Eagan 651-340-4166 – 3380 Central Park Village Drive; Eagan, MN 55121
Woodbury 651-363-3529 Building N, Space 101, Woodbury, MN 55125
We want to help by offering a free kids pasta with sauce, cheese and a fountain drink, Monday – Friday (March 16 – April 3), during lunch hours of 10:45am – 1:00pm to students affected.

Suzie’s Kitchen
15023 Crestone Ave, Rosemount, MN 55068
(651) 322-8393
Remember if you need lunches just call 651-322-8393. We will have them all ready for you to pick up in the drive thru. So if you are in need of lunch or know anyone that needs food just send a message to Suzie’s Kitchen.

Rascals Bar & Grill
7721 147th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 431-7777
We are expanding our FREE BAGGED LUNCH to ANYONE who has a need. Please do not hesitate to come by and grab one or many comprising sandwich, apple sauce, chips and dessert. Call 952-431-7777 during those hours to arrange. (11AM-2PM)
Lock and Dam Eatery
101 2nd St E, Hastings, MN 55033
(651) 319-0906
If your child needs lunch, please call during lunch hours and we will take out a bag lunch for them. We will have a different menu every day. If you don’t want to come in for whatever reason you can do DamCurb service.

Bourbon Butcher
20700 Chippendale Ave, Farmington, MN 55024
(651) 344-7600
If your child needs a lunch or dinner just give us a call, starting Tuesday we will have free boxed lunches available during normal business hours for any child that needs one. Choice of sandwich, fruit cup, chips, cookie, and milk.

Washington County

Manger Restaurant & Wine Bar
320 5th Ave N, Bayport, MN 55003
(651) 324-9313
Offering free boxed lunches to kids in need. We will have a cooler stocked full with boxed lunches that include a sandwich, vegetable, and fruit on our front patio for families to help themselves.


Childcare Assistance

Parent Aware: 888-291-9811
YMCA: 612-230-9622 (sliding-fee child care for essential workers)


Free in-home activities

Wonderopolis – online resources offering STEM activities
30 Days of Families Learning – offering family activities designed to inspire imagination, playing and learning as a family.
Scholastic Classroom Magazines – offering learning online.
Google Arts & Culture – Take a virtual visit of museums from around the world.
Sheppard Software – free online learning opportunities
Jarrett Lerner Activities – free online crafts and art activities
Check out Mo Willems on YouTube for daily doodle classes for children
Education Workbooks – Printable workbooks and worksheets for children of all ages
Education Online Learning – free online learning eclassrooms for children and adults!
Little Passports – free activities, crafts, printables and resources for children
Exploring the World Through Virtual Field Trips – listing of virtual trips to museums, zoos, space and more


Internet, Bank + Finance, Career, Family Medical Leave Act, Basic Needs, Energy + Water Assistance

Comcast Offering Free Internet Service For 60 Days To Low Income Families During Coronavirus Pandemic: Call 1-855-846-8376
In response to COVID-19 pandemic, TDS offers free internet to low-income families, college students: Call 1-888-287-8156
COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Family and Medical Leave Act Questions and Answers: 1-866-487-9243
Check with your local bank about how they may be able to assist during this time – some banks are waiving late fees and added payments – please call your specific bank or credit card company for more information.
XY Planning Network is offering free financial planning during this time, to help you prepare for the future.
CareerOneStop is offering support surrounding an employees rights and information about unemployment.
Basic needs information during COVID-19 (diapers, public restrooms, food, clothing) or text 612-216-8637
Energy assistance: 952-930-3541
Water assistance: 952-697-1393


Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

The process.

Call us, and we’ll work together to find you the support you need. Our services include crisis de-escalation, resources and referrals, short term overnight care for children ages birth – six, and home visiting. If you decide to bring your child to stay with us, please know:

  • We’ll listen so we understand how to best care for your child
  • We’ll help find the best way to get you and your family to the Nursery
  • All you need to bring is proof of residence in Hennepin County and any prescription medications your child needs. We’ll take care of the rest.
  • You are welcome to call and talk with your child during their stay at the Nursery

All services provided by the Nursery are confidential and voluntary, meaning you decide if we’re the right fit for you. We will not call Child Protective Services if you opt to use the Nursery, however, please know that Nursery staff are mandated reporters and must call Child Protective Services if they suspect child abuse or neglect.

“I was calling for four days straight, and I had someone to talk to every one of those days. I was so stressed, and the lady on the phone really helped me.” Terri, single mom of three children