Food, utility, transportation and other resources are listed below by county.
Cass County Resources
- Cass County Food Pantry in Virginia has food distribution on March 23 at 9 a.m. Recipients are to remain in their cars and have their food brought out to them. Contact Kelly Cagle to volunteer. Phone: 217-452-3212
- T.O.’s Pizza in Virginia is giving students two free slices of pizza, starting at 1 p.m. each day. Call ahead, if possible. Phone: 217-452-7600
- Free Wi-Fi is available to use from the parking lot at LLCC-Beardstown, 109 White Pine Lane.
- Cass County Health Department, 110 E. Main, Beardstown — 217-323-2182
- Cass County Health Department, 331 S. Main St., Virginia — 217-452-3057
- Illinois Dept. of Human Services, 300 E. Second St, Beardstown — 217-323-4185
- Cass County Human Resource, Mental Health Center (a.k.a. Abuse and Crisis Center), 121 E. Second, Beardstown — 217-323-2980
- Illinois State Dept. of Child & Family Services, 121 E. Second, Beardstown — 217-323-2286
- Cass County Housing Authority, 9 Otto Turner Drive, Beardstown — 217-323-2303
- Cass/Schuyler Area Home Health Agency, 331 S. Main St., Virginia — 217-452-3057
Christian County Resources
- Christian County Local Food Pantries
- Taylorville Food Pantry, 1429 E. Main Cross, Taylorville — open Tuesday, 8:30-10 a.m.; Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Additional information is available on Taylorville Food Pantry’s Facebook page.
- Local Hospitals:
- Local Counseling Services:
- Central Illinois Public Transit — 855-755-2478
Macoupin County Resources
Montgomery County Resources
- Montgomery County Local Food Pantries
- Catholic Charities, 525 West 2nd South Street, Carlinville — 217-854-4511
- CEFS Montgomery Outreach Office, State Rt. 127, PO Box 128, Taylor Springs — 217‐532‐5971
- Hearts United Association 110 N. Jackson St., Litchfield — 217‐324‐2876
- Locust Street Resource Center, 320 Locust St., Carlinville — 217‐854‐4706 (services via phone)
- Meals on Wheels – CEFS, Taylor Springs — 217‐532‐5971 and Litchfield, Raymond, Witt – 217‐324‐3032
- Montgomery Co. Health Dept., 11191 IL Rte. 185, Hillsboro — 217‐532‐2001
- Montgomery County Health Dept., WIC, 11191 Il. Route 185, Hillsboro — 217‐532‐2001
Morgan County Resources
- Wi-Fi Needs:
- Free Wi-Fi is available downtown through Jacksonville Main Street (JMS)
- The Illinois Electric Cooperative has installed free, remote learning Wi-Fi hotspots in Woodson and Murrayville parks. Users are asked to practice social distancing and remain in their vehicles.
- Transportation: West Central Mass Transit, 1120 W. Walnut, Jacksonville — 217-245-2900
- Local Businesses: Jacksonville businesses offering curbside, take-out and drive through services
- Other Resources:
Sangamon County Resources
Central Illinois Food Bank offers a directory of community resources for those that need food. Contact the agency directly to inquire about their hours or changes in services due to the coronavirus outbreak. Note: Make contact prior to arrival to ensure hours have not changed due to COVID-19.
- Abundant Faith-Manna Storehouse Address: 301 W. Reynolds, Springfield/Phone: 217-527-1006, hours of operation: Tue, 5-7 p.m.
- Faith Ministries Int. Address: 3075 Normandy Road, Springfield/Phone: 217-553-7874, hours of operation: every other Sat, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- First Presbyterian Church Address: 331 S. 7th St., Springfield/Phone: 217-528-4311, hours of operation: Mon, Tue and Thu, 9 a.m.-noon (SNAP Not Req’d, Bring DL or State ID)
- Grace Lutheran Food Pantry Address: 714 E. Capitol, Springfield/Phone: 217-522-9707, hours of operation: Mon, Tue and Thu, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Wed, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Holy Family Food Pantry/Catholic Charities Address: 120 S. 11th Street, Springfield/Phone: 217-523-2450, hours of operation: Mon, Wed and Fri, 9 a.m.-noon and fourth Wed, 4-6 p.m.
- Kumler Outreach Ministries Address: 303 North Grand Ave East, Springfield/Phone: 217-523-2269, hours of operation: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-noon & third Thu, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Loami Area Community Pantry, 106 S. Main St., Loami, 217-624-9900, hours of operation: first and third Monday, noon-2 p.m.; second and fourth Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon; second Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.
- Real Life Church Address: 2450 Taylor Ave., Springfield/Phone: 217-528-2299, hours of operation: Tue, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Table of Life Ministries, 2600 S. 5th St., Springfield, 217-720-5100, hours of operation: Third Friday of each month, 4-6 p.m.
- Chadito’s Mexican American Grill announced that if you have a school age child that needs a meal, they can help with that during this time. Both locations are open but may limit hours due to the slow business climate. They will be here for our community as long as we can! Please call ahead – 3030 South 6th Street, 217-529-8226 and 6490 North Walnut St Rd., Springfield, 217-487-4060.
- McAlister’s Deli announced the restaurant chain will be PROVIDING FREE LUNCH FOR KIDS from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Mon-Fri. The free lunch includes a turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, applesauce and a cookie.
- Hy-Vee located at 2115 S. MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. During this time every child can receive a free lunch that contains a sandwich, granola bar, piece of fruit, water and a cookie. Free, no purchase necessary.
- Mariah’s Restaurant will provide free hot lunches Mon-Fri at 11 a.m. for pick-up at 3317 Robbins Rd., Springfield. You will need to call Mariah’s 217-793-1900 by 8:00pm the day prior to place your to-go order for your child’s hot lunch.
- Springfield School District 186 is providing free lunches beginning Tuesday, March 17. Bagged breakfast and lunch can be picked up for students pre-k through 12th grade from 8:30-10 a.m. at Lanphier High School, Southeast High School, Springfield High School and Franklin Middle School.
- Williamsville-Sherman School District will be offering a free sack lunch to all of the students who are currently qualified to receive free- or reduced-priced lunches. These lunches will be available for pickup at Sherman Elementary School between 4-5:30 p.m. on Mondays (pickup will include three sack lunches (for Tue, Wed and Thu) and Thursdays (pickup will have two sack lunches for Fri and Mon). Cars pull up to the school gym door. You will be asked for the student name(s) who will be receiving a sack lunch in order to check them off of our list. In order to have enough lunches prepared, please reply to this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm YES or NO: YES, you will be picking up lunches each Mon and Thu for your student(s), or NO, you will not be picking up lunches for your student(s). If your reply is YES, that you will be picking up lunches, please also send the name and current grade of each student. These sack lunches will be distributed beginning this Thursday afternoon, March 19. Please don’t hesitate to contact by email or phone if you have questions or if your child needs a modified lunch due to food allergy or intolerance. email@example.com 217-566-2014.
- Riverton students can receive meals from the district throughout the duration of the closure. Both breakfast and lunch will be served during meal distribution. All three buildings of the Riverton School District will be sites for meal pickup from 9 a.m.-noon on three dates: (1) Wednesday, March 18 for lunches thru the 20th; (2) Monday, March 23 for lunches thru the 27th; and, (3) Monday, March 30, for lunches thru March 30th only, unless the school closure is extended past that date. To assist in helping to prepare for meal distribution, we ask that you please complete the Food Service During Emergency Closure Form located on the school website.
What is a micro-pantry? In response to the pandemic, Springfield and the surrounding communities have created micro-pantries to help out their local communities. The philosophy of these pantries is simple: take what you need, and leave what you can for a neighbor! Micro-pantries that have sprung up in the Springfield area include:
- Chatham — VFW Post 4763, 501 W. Mulberry St.
- Riverton — Riverton Christian Church, 1245 N. Seventh St., and Riverton High School, 841 N. Third St.
- Springfield —
- Ash and Pasfield — 2000 S. Pasfield St.
- Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois — 300 S. 15th St.
- Colony West — at Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 W. Wabash Ave.
- Downtown Springfield — sidewalk in front of Illinois Department of Public Health (Bell Building), 422 S. Fifth St., Springfield
- Lanphier High School (north end of Springfield) — northeast corner of building at 1300 N. 11th St.
- Southeast High School — 2350 E. Ash St., Springfield
- Washington Middle School — near front door at 2300 E. Jackson
- West Side Springfield — behind Capital City Property Management building, 1501 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Other food pantries
- St. Patrick’s and St. Martin, 1301 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Springfield, 217-528-2851
- Ball-Chatham Food Pantry, 1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham, 217-697-4663
Many businesses are still offering takeout and curbside pick-up options.
Home and Utilities
- Springfield City Water, Light, and Power — CWLP is suspending all disconnections for non-payment through May 1.
- Ameren Illinois — Ameren is suspending all disconnections for non-payment and forgiving late payment fees for residential and business customers.
- Comcast — is offering Internet Essentials packages to new customers. Customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020. No long term commitment is required.
- Springfield Mass Transit District (SMTD) — SMTD is NOT collecting transfer on fixed route or paratransit service until further notice.
- Effective Saturday, March 21, all SMTD bus travel must be for essential services only. Urbanized area service to Chatham, Riverton, Rochester and Sherman has been suspended due to low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Passengers normally riding the UA1, UA2, UA3 and UA4 routes to and from those communities that still need transportation can call SMTD’s Access paratransit office at 217-522-8594 to be set up in the system to schedule rides.
- Effective Monday, March 23, SMTD will end night service at 9 p.m. with the last trip departing the Transfer Center at 8 p.m.
- Effective Monday, March 30, SMTD will begin running an emergency reduced schedule, which is similar to current Saturday schedules with the addition of the three hours of night service currently being run during the week. Saturday service is basically hourly service with the seven busiest routes running periods of every-thirty minutes service. Southwind Park service will remain Saturday only. Also beginning March 30, passengers will be asked to board at the rear doors, instead of the front, unless they have a disability and need the wheelchair ramp or the bus kneeled. This new policy is an effort to further protect operators from contact with passengers.
- Effective Saturday, April 4, SMTD will begin running an hourly schedule on Saturdays. The 0E Express will continue to run every 30 minutes. Routes affected by the change are: Routes 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10 – Downtown Transfer Center now departing top of the hour ONLY (:00); and Route 13 – Junction Circle Transfer Point now departing quarter after the hour ONLY (:15).
- Effective Wednesday, April 15, SMTD will begin requiring passengers to wear a face-covering of some sort in order to board a bus.
- Restoration of weekday and Saturday schedules will begin Monday, July 6. Important information to know:
- June 29 – SMTD office open 8-9:30 a.m. for seniors/at-risk individuals; all others by appointment only.
- July 6 – Weekday schedules return to pre-pandemic 30-minute service.
- July 6 – SMTD office open for regular business 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 8-9 a.m. Mon-Fri for seniors/at-risk only.
- July 11 – Saturday schedules return to pre-pandemic schedules.
- Face covering is required to ride any SMTD vehicle until further notice
- Face covering is required on all SMTD public property including office lobby
- Rear boarding will continue until fare collection resumes.
- Urbanized Area service to Chatham, Riverton, Rochester and Sherman remains suspended.
- Community Resources of Sangamon County — Lots of various resources available to you in Sangamon County.
- Springfield Families Helping Families — Support from local citizens. Ask for specific needs, find resources and offer support within the Springfield community.
- Springfield Area Resources — A local website with community resources and contact information.
- The Diaper Pantry — The Parent Place has extended their diaper pantry hours. They will be open Mon-Thu, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon. They prefer you call ahead to check sizes (217-753-8730) and are located at 314 South Grand Avenue.
- Warm Line: Call: 1-866-359-7953 TTY: 1-866-880-4459 — The Warm Line is a new opportunity in Illinois for persons with mental health challenges and their families to receive support by phone. Peer and Family Support Specialists are professionals who have experienced mental health recovery in their own lives as an individual or family member. They have been trained in recovery support, mentoring, and advocacy and are ready to listen and help you. The warm line is not a crisis hotline, but is a source of support as you recover or help a family member to recover.
- Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- From the main menu, select option #2 for Consumers and Families
- Next, select option #5 for the Warm Line: Peer and Family Support by Phone.
- Economic Assistance for Illinois Families — Apply for unemployment insurance if you are without access to paid sick leave or unable to work because of COVID-19. You do not have to prove you are looking for work as long as you plan to return to work when business reopen. Call IDES at 1-800-244-5631 or 1-866-488-4016.
- United Way resources — call 211
- Xfinity Hotspots — Find an Xfinity hotspot for free Wi-Fi if you don’t have it available at home.
- Just Answer — Ask a question … get an answer.
- Free Math Help — Free math help by subject.
- PrepStep — This link takes you the library database website. Scroll down and click PrepSTEP. It includes study guides and videos that would be helpful. You might need to login with your LLCC ID/password.
- Khan Academy — Offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a learning dashboard. There are videos on everything from chemistry to art history.
- Brainly — Like online study groups … Brainly is the knowledge-sharing community where 150 million students and experts put their heads together to crack their toughest homework questions. (Disclaimer: Don’t rely on the answers given but, use this as a jumping off point to understand your homework/reading.)
- Memorial Behavioral Health has established an emotional support hotline (217-588-5509) to provide support to individuals who are experiencing anxiety or stress, even if they are not MBH patients.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Text Line: 741-741
Last Updated: June 25, 2020 3:32 p.m. CDT