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  • Rotary Club of Columbia Drive-Thru Food Drive

    9-11:30 a.m., June 6 

    Drop-off location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 227 N. Good Haven, Columbia

    Items in short supply: shelf-stable milk, juice, canned meats/stew, chili beans, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, canned fruits, baking mixes, bar soap, liquid hand soap. No pet supplies. Cash/check donations are also welcome.

    For more information, visit Rotary Club Facebook page.

  • Collinsville Area Meals on Wheels

    (618) 345-7779

    A nonprofit organization that delivers warm meals to those in need all over the Collinsville and Maryville areas. The meals are hand delivered to the door.

    If you or someone you know is in need; or if you would like to donate, call or visit the website.

  • Smithton Commercial Club Supply Drive

    10 a.m. – noon, Saturday, May 16

    IL-159 turn onto Memorial Street

    Smithton Commercial Club is hosting a drive-thru supply drive for the Smithton Pantry at the Smithton Community Park.

    Items needed: toiletry/personal hygiene, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, laundry detergent, peanut butter, canned meals/meats, soups or monetary donations.

    Place donated items into a plastic or paper bag, place inside your trunk, pull into the park concession stand, open trunk and a volunteer will remove items.   

    Visit the Facebook page for more information.

  • Red Bud Food Pantry

    618-282-6233

    Human Service Center
    10257 State Route 3, Red Bud

    The food pantry serves Randolph County residents and is open by appointment on the first and third Friday at 10:30 am and the second and fourth Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

    Donations of food items or cash are always accepted.

    Items needed include: Soup, bread, boxed goods (potatoes, macaroni/cheese, hamburger helper), canned tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti sauce

    Visit the Human Services Center website for details on how to donate.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive – Sparta

    1-800-733-2767

    Sparta VFW Post 2698

    1911 N. Market St., Sparta

    1:45-6:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 14

    redcrossblood.org

  • Cygan and Delaney Catering

    (618) 654-9363

    808 Broadway, Highland

    4:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

    Curbside Pick Up and Delivery (Highland and Triad School Districts)

    Family Meals – Mostaccioli, Fried Chicken, Beef and Gravy

    Cygan and Delaney Catering is also giving back to the community during this trying time. You can make a meal donation to someone in need and Cygan and Delaney will match the meal donation and provide food to individuals or families (delivery or pickup).

  • O’Fallon Community Support

    Purchase an “O-Town Proud” logo t-shirt or sweatshirt ( C&C Sports in O’Fallon) and 100 percent of profits go to support local first responders and medical professionals. Gift cards/certificates for local O’Fallon businesses will be purchased with the funds and given to the first responders and medical professionals.

    For questions, contact otownproud@gmail.com.

  • Mascoutah Food Pantry

    Mascoutah Food Pantry is in need. The pantry is located at 30 West Main and is open 10:00 a.m. to Noon Tuesday and Saturday.

  • Collinsville Food Pantry

    Accepting donations by Paypal on their website.

  • Belleville’s Community Interfaith Food Pantry

    Belleville’s Community Interfaith Food Pantry is in need on food and cash donations. 

    Food donations are accepted at 1218 W. Main St., Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. Donors are asked to bring their items to the back of the building during those hours and ring a doorbell for assistance. 

    Monetary donations can be made on Facebook page.  For more information about donating or volunteering, call 618-355-9199, go to the group’s page on Facebook, or its website.

Volunteer

  • Collinsville Area Meals on Wheels

    (618) 345-7779

    A nonprofit organization that delivers warm meals to those in need all over the Collinsville and Maryville areas. The meals are hand delivered to the door.

    If you or someone you know is in need; or if you would like to donate, call or visit the website.

  • Serve it Safely for Volunteers

    (618) 939-3434

    Monroe County Annex Building

    901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo

    9-11 a.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 27

    The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce is hosting a workshop on how volunteers can prepare and serve food safely for fundraisers and events.

    Fee: $10.

    Visit the Chamber website for more details.

  • Compile volunteer resources

    The State of Illinois has also put together this website to compile volunteer resources and needs.

  • Support your local community

    COVID-19 local community support efforts are in need of coordination or volunteers.

If you need assistance

Social Service Organizations

  • Vorhees Wellness Center and Keller Family Chiropractic

    (618) 789-6029

    1238 W. Main, Mascoutah

    The Vorhees Wellness Center and Keller Family Chiropractic have established “The Giving Porch” set up outside of their office. Residence in need may take only the items that they need and leave the rest for others.  Items may include nonperishable food, toilet paper, paper towels, activities for children, books, etc. The “The Giving Porch” will remain open until the stay-at-home order by Gov. Pritzker has concluded. Any items that remain will be donated to the Mascoutah Food Pantry.

  • Call4Calm

    Text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0

    The Illinois Department of Health Services Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.

    Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0 or HABLAR to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous.

    Once an individual sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a Human Service Center counselor to provide support.

  • Monroe County House of Neighborly Service

    HNS office: (618) 939-8900 or Help Line: (618) 939-8680

    Contact Executive Director Tina Charron at hns.tina@gmail.com

    1331 Jamie Lane, Waterloo

    Assistance ranges from Emergency Food Pantry to Financial Counseling to Resource referral.

    Visit Monroe County House of Neighborly Service online.

  • Water Bill Assistance

    Assistance with water bill (not to exceed $150): MUST call first for an appointment; will not be seen without an appointment.

    Limited to residents of East St. Louis; can make referrals for others.

  • SNAP (formerly food stamps)

    Use the Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) to apply for SNAP, cash or medical assistance – online, anytime.

  • Department of Employment Security

    The Department of Employment Security adopted emergency rules that make the benefits system “as responsive to the current situation as possible.”

    Anyone temporarily laid off due to COVID-19 closures may qualify for benefits.

    Out-of-work employees can apply for benefits at: https://bit.ly/33qI5sx

    For information, call 1-800-244-5631 or 1-866-488-4016.

Local Shopping

  • Graduation Yard Sign

    Freeburg Printing and Publishing, Inc

    (618) 539-3320

    820 S. State, Freeburg

    One-sided sign with metal stake $13.50.
    Two- sided sign with metal stake $20.

    Visit them on Facebook.

  • Magnolia Memories

    1220 Swanwick St., Chester

    11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wednesday – Friday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday

    Handmade jewelry and crafts including memory items.

    Shop online and pick up at the store. Curbside delivery available.

  • T.L. Biegert Jewelry

    618-345-3399

    113 W. Main St., Collinsville

    9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday

    Curbside service available.

    Visit the website for more information

  • Collinsville Farmers Market

    (618) 344-0222

    128 St. Louis Road, Collinsville

    8 a.m. – 7 p.m., daily

    Carryout and free delivery available.

    For more information, visit them on Facebook.

  • Eckert’s Garden Center

    (618) 233-0513, ext. 0

    951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

    9 a.m. – 7 p.m., daily

    Fully stocked with blooming plants, hardy trees & shrubs, veggies & herbs, and beautiful hanging baskets.

    Place your order over the phone and they will deliver your plants to your car on the parking lot.

    View garden center inventory online.

  • La Bella Rosa Boutique

    (314) 440-0039

    109 N. Main St., Columbia

    Since you cannot try on clothing in the store currently, for all orders placed online until May 31, you have the option of a full refund back to your credit or debit card if an item doesn’t work. Store credit is also available. All other return guidelines apply.  

    For details visit the website.

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

    618-416-8002

    5915 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights

    10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday

    Call for curbside pick-up or carry out

  • Creative Landscapes & Garden Center

    618-632-9338

    5515 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights

    9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday

    Curbside pick-up or delivery

  • Dog Day Afternoon – pet supply

    618-233-0060

    2527 Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville

    10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday, closed Sunday

    Curbside pick-up or delivery   

  • Grimm & Gorly Florist

    618-234-4455, 324 E. Main St., Belleville

    8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Curbside pick-up or delivery available

Internet Access

We know reliable internet access is critical. Many Internet service providers are offering free or reduced-cost options at this time, and we will continue to update this list as we learn more.

  • Sprint and T-Mobile

    Sprint and T-Mobile are allowing existing customers unlimited smartphone data and an additional 20GB of tethering and hotspot data for the next 60 days.

  • Comcast

    Comcast is now offering an “Internet Essentials” package that provides 60 days of free service and a $9.95 per-month plan after that time.

    Comcast is also making all of its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots available for free public use and has provided instructions and a map for connecting to this free service.

    Access to Comcast Wi-Fi is now open across hundreds of locations in the east-central Indiana region.

  • Charter/Spectrum

    Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps.

    To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

  • AT&T

    For the next 60 days, AT&T is making all of its public Wi-Fi hotspots open for free access by anyone. AT&T does not have a hotspot map but has provided instructions for locating their hotspots online.

Hospitals

Virtual visits

Regional Hospitals

Regional hospitals are following national guidelines to help prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. In many cases, this means a “No Visitor” policy with limited exceptions. Visit the links below to find out the policy of your local hospital.

Pharmacies

  • Walgreens – Cahokia

    618-332-2904

    1201 Camp Jackson Road

    No curbside service at this time; use Drive-thru if you don’t want to go inside to pick up or drop off prescription.

  • Walgreens – East St. Louis

    618-875-5085

    2510 State St.

    No curbside service at this time; use Drive-thru if you don’t want to go inside to pick up or drop off prescription.

  • Walgreens – Collinsville

    618-343-0297

    1190 Collinsville Crossing Blvd.

    No curbside service at this time; use Drive-thru if you don’t want to go inside to pick up or drop off prescription.

  • Walgreens – Fairview Heights

    618-394-8744

    6505 N. Illinois St.

    No curbside service at this time; use Drive-thru if you don’t want to go inside to pick up or drop off prescription.

  • Walgreens – O’Fallon

    (618) 632-6920

    704 Cambridge Blvd.

    No curbside service at this time; use Drive-thru if you don’t want to go inside to pick up or drop off prescription.

  • Walgreens – Belleville

    (618) 222-1827

    515 Carlyle Ave.

    No curbside service at this time; use Drive-thru if you don’t want to go inside to pick up or drop off prescription.

  • Walgreens – Swansea

    (618) 236-3928

    2532 N. Illinois St.

    No curbside service at this time; use Drive-thru if you don’t want to go inside to pick up or drop off prescription.

  • Walgreens – Shiloh

    (618) 239-6617

    1108 Hartman Lane

    No curbside service at this time; use drive-thru if you don’t want to go inside to pick up or drop off prescription.

  • Smithton Pharmacy

    (618) 207-3186

    3981 State Route 159, Smithton

    Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, closed Sunday

    Drive-thru only and free deliver to local area.

  • New Athens Pharmacy

    (618) 566-6843

    901 Spotsylvania, New Athens

    10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday; and closed Sunday

    Curbside pickup available

  • Millstadt Pharmacy

    (618) 476-1701

    120 W. Washington St., Millstadt

    9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. –  12 p.m., Sunday

    Drive-thru only and free delivery to local area. 

  • Freeburg Pharmacy

    (618) 539-5577 

    10 Southgate Center, Freeburg

    9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sunday

    Drive-thru, curbside pickup and free delivery to local area.

  • Cahokia Walmart Pharmacy

    (618) 332-1133

    1511 Camp Jackson Road

    Curbside pickup available in designated parking spaces for pharmacy. Call the number on the sign and an employee will bring your prescription. Drive-thru also available. Credit/debit card payment only.

  • Granite City Walmart Pharmacy

    (618) 451-6002

    379 W. Pontoon Road

    Curbside pickup available in designated parking spaces for pharmacy. Call the number on the sign and an employee will bring your prescription. Drive-thru also available. Credit/debit card payment only.

  • Collinsville Walmart Pharmacy

    (618) 344-7112

    1040 Collinsville Crossing Blvd

    Curbside pickup available in designated parking spaces for pharmacy. Call the number on the sign and an employee will bring your prescription. Drive-thru also available. Credit/debit card payment only.

  • O’Fallon Walmart Pharmacy

    (618) 632-9381

    1530 W. Highway 50

    Curbside pickup available in designated parking spaces for pharmacy. Call the number on the sign and an employee will bring your prescription. No Drive-thru. Credit/debit card payment only.

  • Belleville Walmart Pharmacy

    (618) 277-2020

    2608 Greenmount Commons Drive

    Curbside pickup available in designated parking spaces for pharmacy. Call the number on the sign and an employee will bring your prescription. Drive-Thru also available. Credit/debit card payment only.

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Local Dining

General

  • Asia Garden

    (618) 826-3333

    602 Center St., Chester

    11 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily. Closed Tuesdays

    Curbside delivery available.

    To view the menu, visit Facebook.

  • St. Nicholas Landmark Brewing Company

    (618) 826-7150

    111 Ferry St., Chester

    11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Sunday; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Brunch.

    Curbside delivery services available.

    See the menu on the website.

  • Chester Eagles Club

    (618) 826-3933

    402 Hacker St., Chester

    Curbside service lunch 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Friday; and dinner 3-8 p.m., Monday – Friday

    For menu and prices, visit facebook.

  • Barb’s Bounty Restaurant, Jams, and Jellies

    (618) 826-7600

    832 Lehmen Drive, Chester

    8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Friday

    Curbside and delivery services available.

    Visit the restaurant on facebook.

  • Joes’ Pizza and Pasta

    (618) 416-4464

    4628 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights

    11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, closed Monday

    Curbside pick-up or delivery available.

    Order online. Also find other locations on the website.

  • The Abbey

    618-277-8373

    5801 W. Main St., Belleville

    6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sunday

    Drive-thru service available.

    View the menu online.

  • East Town Donuts

    618-803-0407

    1101 Caseyville Road, Suite E, Caseyville

    6 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

    Carryout available.

    Visit the website for more information.

  • Route 4 Restaurant

    (618) 443-4488

    1705 N. Market St., Sparta  

    6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday

    Curbside pick-up and delivery available.

    View the menu online.

  • Broadway Grille

    160 W. Broadway, Sparta

    (618) 449-2091

    11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday

    Curbside pick-up and delivery available.

    View the menu and order online.   

  • Jefferson’s Restaurant

    (618) 566-8907

    1300 W. Main St., Mascoutah

    11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday

    Curbside Pickup

    See the menu on Facebook.

Waterloo Dining

  • Mr. Bar-B-Q

    Mystic oaks golf club

    939-4646 option 2

    Golf course open for walking only

  • Yo Toppings

    (618) 939-9867
    Call to place order for pick up

  • Washy’s

    (618) 939-8300

    11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Uncle John’s RRR Bar

    (618) 939-7772

    Call to place order

  • Tequila Mexican Restaurant

    (618) 939-1999 or Columbia
    (618) 281-2188 – Call to place order

  • Tin Rooster

    (618) 939-0124
    Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Shorty’s Smokehouse

    (618) 939-7665

    Call to place order

  • Route 3 Bar & Grill

    (618) 939-3707

    Call to place order for pick up and for times

  • JV’s Downtown Bar & Grill

    (618) 939-7127  

    11a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
    Closed Monday & Tuesday

  • Papa Vitos

    (618) 939-5200

    Call to place order for pick up

Red Bud Dining

Belleville Dining

  • Hicks BBQ

    618-234-7427

    609 S. Illinois St., Belleville

    11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until items sell out), Thursday – Sunday   

    Curbside pick-up, delivery, carry out and drive-thru  

  • Sugar Fix Bakery

    618-550-8853

    106 E. Main St., Belleville

    11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday

    Curbside, pick-up and carry out available  

  • Pour@322 Coffee House

    618-234-4455

    322 E. Main St., Belleville

    8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Sunday

    Offers curbside pick-up or delivery

  • Geo’s Wings and More

    (618) 233-9464

    4307 West Main St., Belleville

    11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Sunday

    Drive-thru

  • Balance Coffee and Tea

    (618) 641-9900

    327 S. Illinois St., Belleville

    8 a.m. – 6 p.m., 7 days per week

    Curbside pickup.

  • Golden Dragon

    (618) 233-7714

    128 W. Main St., Belleville

    11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday, closed Sunday

    Carry Out and Delivery only

  • Bennies Pizza Pub

    (618) 416-0019

    124 E. Main St., Belleville

    Pickup window open 12-7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; and 12-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

    Menu: Pizza, salads, cheese bread, bottled Fitz by the 6 packs, Abe’s Gourmet Popcorn and more.

  • The Corner Chill and Grill

    (618)416-8603  

    341 Centreville Ave., Bellville  

    11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Saturday

    Pick up dinning. view the menu online. Call to place your order.

Coronavirus updates

  • Madison County loosens restrictions

    Madison County’s Board of Health voted 26-2 to approve a four-phased reopening plan that begins Wednesday, May 13.

    Find out more in the Belleville News Democrat.

  • Stay-at-home order extended

    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday, April 23 he will extend a statewide stay-at-home order through the end of May.

    Read the BND article for more details.

  • Gilster Mary-Lee cake-mix plant temporarily closing

    Gilster Mary-Lee Corp. cake-mix plant in Chester voluntarily closed on Saturday, and will remain closed for two weeks due to reported positive COVID-19 cases in the production area, according to the Randolph County Health Department.

    For more information, see the article in the Randolph County Herald Tribune.

  • Extended “Stay at Home” order

    Per Executive Order from Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the state of Illinois has extended the “stay at home” order through April 30, 2020. 

  • What is Coronavirus?

    Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

    Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

    Per Executive Order 2020-10 from Governor J.B. Pritzker, the state of Illinois has issued a “stay at home” order effective from, March 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. until April 7; however, SWIC is extending the mandate until April 18, 2020.

    For the latest information on the disease, visit cdc.gov.

SWIC News

  • Latest SWIC news

    SWIC college courses will be delivered via online or alternative delivery mechanisms beginning March 22 for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester in order to limit exposure and possible transmission of the virus. Instructors will be utilizing Blackboard and email for online courses. Students who need assistance with Blackboard and/or do not have computer or internet access should notify their instructor.

    For those classes that are not conducive for online instruction and require hands-on learning, instruction has been suspended through April 18. The college will continually reassess the situation to determine if other alternatives are needed.

    Instructors/coordinators have contacted those students involved.

    For additional information, visit https://www.swic.edu/students/public-safety/notifications/awareness-updates/

    Apply and Register online for summer and fall semesters starting April 6 at estorm.swic.edu.

    The summer term starts June 1 and the fall semester starts Aug. 22.

    New students: Follow the Steps to Enrollment to start your education at SWIC on the right foot. swic.edu/enrollment-steps

    View the course schedule online in estorm.swic.edu or download a printed copy at swic.edu/courses

    Academic advising assistance is available via email at advising@swic.edu

    Advising will continue with appointments via phone. You may email advising to schedule a phone appointment.