COVID-19 Local & Industry Resources


Office of the Governor - Situation updates, remote testing sites, media briefings.
Department of Labor - File for unemployment as an employee or employer, job center and FAQ. 


HTN is working hard to assist displaced workers across the state find employment.  We have been working with Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association and the Tennessee Retail Association to match losses with needs.  Now more than ever, the food and retail industries need hard-working individuals throughout their operations.  
Please consider forwarding information on your displaced associates.  We will forward it to the HR departments of companies that are hiring.  If you have a list of displaced employees, please send that list, along with your contact information, to [email protected].  
Include as much info that you have available, including the associate’s:
- Name
- Email
- Phone
- Zip Code
Additionally, you can ask individual associates to submit their information directly at

Tennessee is working together to keep people safe and employed.


Do you currently need health insurance? Alternative plans are available at any time without a qualifying event Answer the health questions, pick the plan you want and can afford, and pay month to month. The plan below also covers COVID testing, treatment and hospitalization.

Here's one resource to explore:


SBA Disaster Loan Information

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Tennessee small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus.
Learn more about the loan and how to qualify here.

SBA Disaster Loan FAQ, Employer Guidance on Safer at Home Requirements Now Available: The following guides have been added to the Chamber’s COVID-19 Business Guidance on COVID-19:
SBA Disaster Loan FAQ – Based on a webinar with SBA hosted by the Chamber this morning for more than 200 local business owners and leaders, the Chamber has published an FAQ with key information for businesses looking to apply for the disaster program. Read more 

Employer Guidance for Safer at Home Requirements – The Chamber has provided an overview of critical information for businesses related to the recent Safer at Home mandate that went into effect for Memphis on March 24. Read more

All of this information and more can also be found on the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Website at

Relief Funds and Economic Assistance

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has launched a Mid-South COVID-19 Response Fund for funding organizations that serve high-risk residents. 


Music Export Memphis has established a fund to provide financial relief for Memphis musicians who have lost income because of cancellations due to Coronavirus/COVID-19. 


Important note: there is a dropdown menu that allows you to choose how your gift should be designated – please select COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. If you would like to make a gift of $1,000 or more to this fund, please contact MEM Executive Director Elizabeth Cawein to process the gift: [email protected]

If you are an artist in need of support, what we can tell you now is that the application will be simple and have two requirements: that you live in Memphis and can provide some proof of lost income from COVID-19. "In short, artists: we’ve got your back. Stand by for details on how to access funds.”

Edible Memphis launched an emergency fund for food industry workers. 

Donate Here


Please complete this short survey to help Edible Memphis prioritize those in our community most at risk and in need. If you haven’t already, click here to begin your application for Unemployment Benefits/Reemployment Assistance.

Memphis Virtual Tip Jar
The website has a great, super easy to read list of resources for service industry workers affected by COVID-19 closures and changes. Send money directly to your favorite servers, bartenders, and workers at local Memphis restaurants using this virtual tip jar. Consider donating a few bucks every time you have a meal or a cocktail at home!

If you are a server, you can fill out this form to be added to the tip jar.

Food Assistance

The Mid-South Food Bank is packing up hundreds of boxes to help families and seniors who may be staying at home amid coronavirus concerns. The food bank preparing 250 boxes, weighing more than 30 pounds each to supplement what people may have at home for about 14 days.

Meals For Students

Many local schools are providing meals for students 18 and under. The student must be present in order to receive the meal. Please follow links for additional information.
More school meal distributions, including Mississippi Schools.
Shelby County Schools Student Meals
Shelby County Schools is providing free meals for all students Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 60+ local pickup sites like churches, community centers, and libraries. All children under 18, even if not the in district, will be served. See the list of pickup sites here.
Collierville Schools are providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for children up to 18 beginning March 23. Children must be present at pickup. Submit this form by March 19 to participate in the meal pickup program.
Hardeman County Schools is providing meals from 10 a.m. to noon March 17 through 20 and again March 30 through April 3 at all school campuses.
Lauderdale County Schools is making free meals available to students at several locations. Details to be announced.

Meals For Seniors

Members of City of Memphis Senior Centers will still receive a daily meal from their respective seniors.
Members registered to receive MIFA meals can opt to pick up their meal from the center they attend or have it delivered using the van service.
Members at other senior centers have the option to pick up their meals at their respective center for their regular nominal fee.

Greater Memphis Chamber Business Resources

The Greater Memphis Chamber encourages business owners to take a brief survey so that they can better understand the community impact and share that impact with our legislators. 

- Great Memphis Chamber Business Guidance on COVID-19
- Greater Memphis Chamber COVID-19 Business Resources Page

Tennessee will be eligible soon for the SBA Disaster Loan program through the federal government. SBA recommends that Memphis area businesses download the economic injury disaster loan paper application now and start getting their documentation ready. This will help get your application prepared to be submitted as soon as the process opens. 
Required documentation and other information needed for the application can be accessed here.

All of this information can also be found in the COVID-19 Business Resources Page on the Chamber’s Website at”

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