We are constantly updating our resources page. If you know if a resource you feel should be here, please email the website or information to the Family Center.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider.


RentHelpMN is available to Minnesotans who have experienced a financial hardship due to the pandemic. This program was created to help those who have fallen behind on their rent. Eligible MN renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months total assistance.

Summer Academic Enrichment 

Academic summer camps for students in grades 3 to 11. The Summer Academic Enrichment program will provide stipends on a first-come, first-serve basis, to cover all or a portion of the direct cost for students in grades 3-11 to attend eligible summer academic enrichment programs in summer 2021.

Mental Health Awareness

Are you struggling right now like so many Americans and aren't sure where to turn for help? We have compiled a list of Mental Health Service Providers in our area who may be able to help. If you need to talk to someone immediately, call 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255) or visit this website now.

Rural Minnesota CEP

Laid Off? Unemployed? Career Change? Looking for school or training funding? Rural MN CEP at CareerForce can help. Our job counselors have latest information on what employers are looking for in today’s workforce. They are well-trained and are committed to helping you reach your goals.  There are no fees to you for these services.

Operation Sandwich

Bridges of Hope supplies Pine River, Jenkins, Pequot Lakes and Nisswa families with Summer Lunch Kits weekly, upon request. These will include 5 days of lunch supplies for your family such as bread, peanut butter and jelly, granola bars, additional snacks and fresh produce, at no cost to you! You simply need to request the food and pick up at the specified location each week. Learn more about this program at

Free Meals for Kids

Only a click away, the Free Meals for Kids mobile app will help families and kids find free meals at schools and other sites across Minnesota during COVID-19.

How it works:

  • Download the Free Meals for Kids app to your cell phone.

  • Use the app to find the nearest site providing meals and meal packs by GPS.

  • Click on the nearby site and use the Meals Updates tab for more details.

  • Share the app with friends, neighbors and on social media.

Free Meals for Kids can be downloaded at Apple or Google Play app stores.


Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. (BI-CAP) envisions a thriving, healthy, and inclusive Beltrami & Cass County. To reach that vision, we are committed to our mission of helping low-income people achieve self-sufficiency in the two counties. Current programs include: early childhood education, housing, weatherization, energy assistance, & youth education/employment services.

Legal Aid Program Kiosks

We are proud to announce that the Pine River-Backus Family Center is now home to two Legal Aid Kiosks! Get information from Legal Aid Services with Kiosk A or have a confidential visit with your existing Legal Aid Counsellor with Kiosk B. Visit the webpage to reserve a time (scroll down to Pine River-Backus Family Center and click "Reserve") or call the Family Center directly to reserve your time slot today!

Cass County WIC

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

Family Safety Network

Family Safety Network (FSN) is an organization providing advocacy, support, and referral services to domestic violence victims and their families since 1993. Family Safety Network was founded by a group of concerned citizens who saw a need for this service in the community. We have been actively working with victim and survivors of domestic violence since then.

Make It Okay

“Make It OK” is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses. Make It Okay is committed to changing hearts and minds about the misperceptions of mental illnesses by encouraging open conversations and education on the topic. It’s time to spread the word, stop the silence and Make It OK. 

Minnesota's Telephone Assistance Program (TAP)

The state Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) and federal Lifeline programs are monthly telephone service discounts on one landline or wireless telephone per household. Several landline (or home phone) providers and wireless (or cellphone) providers offer telephone service discounts to income qualifying households.

IRS Child Tax Credit Update Portal

Important changes to the Child Tax Credit will help many families get advance payments of the Child Tax Credit starting in the summer of 2021. Half the total credit amount will be paid in advance monthly payments and you will claim the other half when you file your 2021 income tax return.