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International Student Resource Guide

We are aware that many students have been struggling due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and there are many needs that you may have at the present moment. The following is a list of campus and community resources that may help provide assistance as you experience financial, physical and emotional distress.


Helpline Center - 2-1-1

  • Dial 2-1-1 or Text your zip code to 898211
  • A 24-hour information, referral and crisis helpline that provides resource information covering topics such as food, clothing, financial, medical, mental health, shelter, volunteer opportunities and much more.

Jack’s Cupboard 

  • Jack's Cupboard combats food insecurity by ensuring those students who struggle financially to purchase food are provided this free resource supported by students, faculty and staff.
  • It is available to all students with a student ID and a bag to collect food items (although Jack's Cupboard can supply students with a bag, if needed).

Brookings County Food Pantry 

  • 217 4th Street              
  • 605-692-5007            
  • Distributes food 1-4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Bring valid picture ID and proof of current address.

Harvest Table

  • 625 5th Street              
  • 605-692-4345
  • No-cost warm, home-cooked meal served every Monday night 5:30-6:30 p.m., most Mondays (except holidays).

United Way 

  • Brookings Area United Way works to provide various organizations with funding in programs that focus on Education, Income and Health.
  • Volunteers and donations are what allow us to affect change and improve lives as we unite as one to make a stronger community.

Emergency Relief Fund for Immigrants in South Dakota

This fund provides direct, short-term financial assistance to immigrant, refugee or undocumented individuals, families, households and frontline workers directly impacted by COVID-19, who have minimal access to or do not qualify for state and federal support (such as stimulus funding under the CARES Act or unemployment benefits) and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Those who do not have a Social Security number
  • ITIN and visa workers displaced due to COVID-19
  • At-risk individuals (e.g., people over 60 years old, those with chronic illness/are immunocompromised), or families that have an at-risk member
  • People who are unhoused or have been forced out of stable housing
  • Homes with children and youth who depend on adults that are undocumented, DACA recipients, on U-visas, are in deportation proceedings or some other immigration status limbo

Corona Help South Dakota

Corona Help South Dakota is an initiative to pull together individuals, organizations and churches to help our state during this difficult virus outbreak. We are looking for leaders in each county in SD. Corona Help SD will be focused on delivering necessities to individuals that are homebound and also proving food distributions to insure that people across our state have the necessary support.

My Neighbor

Their mission is to help community members who are hard working and other wise self sufficient, but are in crisis and budget difficulty when their paycheck is not enough.

Boys and Girls Club Free Food Truck 

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Brookings will distribute boxes of food to families between 2 and 4 p.m. on August 10, 17 and 24.
  • This program is intended to help ensure farmers’ products reach those who need them and do not go to waste during COVID-19 related distribution chain interruptions. All individuals and families are welcome and no sign up is necessary.

Feeding South Dakota 

  • Feeding South Dakota is a hunger relief organization and we are fighting daily to eliminate hunger in this state.
  • Every single week, Feeding South Dakota assists in providing temporary food assistance to approximately 21,000 hungry individuals and families in our state and our BackPack Program gives food every weekend to over 5,500 kids who otherwise might go hungry.

Feeding Brookings 

  • 605-692-6565
  • Distribution Site: Ascension Lutheran Church Provides produce, bakery items, canned goods and hygiene supplies.
  • 4-5 p.m., every Thursday (randomly drawn numbers are given out at 3:50 p.m. for line up).

Student Health Clinic

The mission of South Dakota State University Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services is to promote the health and wellness of the university community, to enhance student retention and to support the academic and personal success of all students.

Wintrode Student Success Center

Cashier’s Office 

Salvation Army Brookings

  • 410 7th Street                                      
  • 605-692-8863            
  • Vouchers for hotel stays, rent assistance, utility assistance (water, lights, heating and trash for current, past due or disconnect notices), gasoline, car needs, food/meal assistance (please utilize other food pantries first; this is a backup/emergency food resource), long distance bus tickets.
  • Also, can assist after disaster (i.e. house fire, flood, etc.).
  • After hours call non-emergency dispatch at 605-692-2113.

Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore 

  • 917 Hwy 14 Bypass                               
  • 605-697-5900              
  • A retail store which is open to the public that carries donated new and used household, electrical, plumbing, hardware and building supplies at a reduced price. Inventory changes according to donations.

Encore Family Store

  • 209 S. Egan Avenue, Madison, SD          
  • 605-556-3100              
  • Offers low cost clothing, furniture and household items.
  • Vouchers may be available from ICAP.

Goodwill of the Great Plains Brookings 

  • 625 Main Avenue                                 
  • 605-692-2085              
  • Offers low cost clothing, furniture and household items.
  • Clothing vouchers available with referral from a social service agency.

Home Again

  • 317 3rd Avenue, Home Again Store       
  • 605-692-4744               
  • Offers used furniture and home furnishings for sale.

Delta Dental Mobile Program

  • Dial 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment.
  • Thanks to funding from United Way, the van comes to Brookings 4 times a year and offers free dental appointments for those 21 years old and younger.