COVID-19 Resources for Students in the State College Area
The University recognizes that students living off campus may require resources and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list of resources details initiatives currently taking place at the University and in the State College community and how students can access these services.
Penn State Resources
Assistance for Quarantining and Self-Isolating Off-Campus Students
Students may be quarantining or self-isolating due to illness or concern that they have come into contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19.
Students who are quarantining or self-isolating and need assistance with procuring food, medication, or other resources should can reach out to Student Affairs for support from a caseworker.
Students from all campuses can email email@example.com to request assistance.
The Lion’s Pantry
Students are able to order bagged food online and pick it up at the The Lion’s Pantry on campus during designated times. For more information and to place an order visit the Lion's Pantry website.
Student Care and Advocacy
Students who have been severely impacted by this pandemic may be able to receive financial support. Contact the Student Care and Advocacy office for more information.
University Health Services
Students with health concerns should reach out to University Health Services (UHS). Walk-ins are not being accepted at this time. Students should call the 24/7 Advice Nurse at 814-863-4463 or the appointment line at 814-863-0774 to schedule an appointment.
The pharmacy at UHS is currently mailing prescriptions in Pennsylvania and has local curbside pick-up on the University Park campus.
Additionally, the Student Insurance Advocate is available to aide students seeking assistance with identifying and applying for affordable health care and medical assistance.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services is open and providing services remotely. Students who need support at this time or who would like to speak with a counselor should call (814) 863-0395. For crisis services outside of business hours, students can call the Penn State Crisis Line at 1-877-229-6400 or Text “LIONS” to 741741.
YMCA of Centre County Anti-Hunger Program
We recognize that some of our off-campus students have families with children that they support. The YMCA of Centre County Anti-Hunger Program operates lunch pick-up sites in the summer and a backpack weekend food program during the school year.
St. Andrew’s Community Cafe
St. Andrew's Community Cafe offers a free takeout meal from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday. Located at 208 W. Foster Avenue, State College.
Centre Helps provides 24-hour emotional support and connection to Centre County social services. Individuals who are struggling to meet their own basic needs such as food and shelter, or who are in need of emotional support, may call Centre Helps' 24-hour hotline at 814-237-5855 or 1-800-494-2500.
Call 211 or text your local zip code to 898-211 to be connected with a representative from United Way who will work to connect you to other community resources that may be able to assist you with food or housing security during the COVID-19 crisis.
Centre County COVID-19 Community Response
There are many organizations in Centre County that are working to provide resources and information for county residents and community members. View a comprehensive list of those efforts.