As we deal with the covid-19 pandemic, it affects many aspects of our lives.  We all are dealing with more time at home together.  We all are dealing with feeding ourselves and our families.  We are all facing stress.  Some are experiencing job loss.  Some are experiencing increased financial burdens (like more groceries).  Some are experiencing decreased income.

UT/TSU Extension has many resources to help with issues during this difficult time.

UT Extension Public​ations

The subject matter specialists at UT Knoxville have written many publications to assist with feeding your family, dealing with a loss of income, cleaning your home, mental well-being and more.  Below are some of the publications available on the UT Extension website - click here to go to all of the COVID-19 publications.

Finances and Work

A Fact Sheet of Title II of the CARES Act: "Assistance for American Workers, Families and Businesses" 

Paycheck Protection Program

Financial Assistance: COVID-19 

Managing Your Credit During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Triaging Your Debt During a Money Crunch

Steps to Stabilize Your Financial Situation

Identifying Your Resources ​

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Scams 


Foods and Cooking

Serve Quick and Easy Meals to Feed a Family of Four for Under Five Dollars

Stocking Your Freezer

Getting Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Stretching Your Food Resources

Handling Takeout and Delivered Food Safely 

Be Prepared: Food and Water in Case of an Emergency 

Stretching Your SNAP Benefits 


Health and Wellness

Common Sense Steps to Prevent Coronavirus Disease 

What You Need to Know About Social Distancing, Self-quarantine and Self-Isolation

Eating Well During Stressful Times 

Coping During COVID-19: Tips for Adult and Child Mental Well-Being 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Mythbusters 


TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development Resources

The TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development has compiled a list of COVID-19 Resources.  You can find the list of resources for employees and employers at the website below. 

https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19.html

Key take-aways from this site include:

  • ​ When a Tennessee business closes to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and temporarily has to lay off employees, those workers can collect unemployment benefits, if they meet other eligibility requirements.  For more information visit: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/employees.html.      

  • The fastest and most efficient way to file an unemployment claim is to go to www.Jobs4TN.gov.  Due to the high volume of claims because of the COVID-19 emergency, if you file with any other method you could significantly delay the processing of your claim.

 (NOTE: Please check the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website frequently for up to date information.)


Skill Up Tennessee (SNAP Employment and Training)

Skill Up Tennessee is UT Extension’s SNAP Employment and Training program for people receiving SNAP benefits. It’s designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to get a good job. We can help you pursue a HiSET if you don’t already have a high school diploma and can help you with training at a TCAT or community college. The program helps cover testing fees, books, uniforms, and other items needed for training. It can even provide transportation reimbursement to cover travel costs. Benefits are based on an individual’s needs which will be determined by a Career Navigator who provides case management to all program participants. To learn more visit skillup.tennessee.edu​.

If you need information please call the Bedford County UT/TSU Extension office at 931-684-5971.
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