Food Services Operations Status: Updated 3/18/20 

Carpenter’s Table at Standing Stone Community Center in Charleston open regular hours

Compassionate Food Pantry in Paris closed until end of March

Eastern Illinois Foodbank still open

Mattoon Christian Church Food Pantry reduced hours: 5-7p.m. curbside distribution Tues., Thurs., Fri. until further notice

Mattoon Community Food Center distributing meals curbside Mon., Wed., Fri., until end of March

Mattoon Salvation Army Pantry still open Tues., Weds., Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Neoga Community Food Pantry still distributing

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition available only for carryout or delivery: no congregational meal meeting times currently

SAM Food Pantry still open regular hours

Soup Stop in Charleston closed until the end of March

*A complete listing of food resource locations in east central Illinois is available via the Eastern Illinois Foodbank’s website:

*A listing of local businesses still offering carryout/drive-thu/delivery services is available at:


Crisis Resources:

HOPE Main Office closed- advocacy available and shelter open for domestic violence crisis: 1-888-345-3990

SACIS Main Office & Counseling Offices closed- advocacy, counseling, and crisis services still available to clients and survivors of sexual assault: 

(217) 348- 5033 OR 24 HR Hotline (888) 345- 2846

AA meetings available online:

Red Flag laws in Illinois provide that a family or household member can request a firearms restraining order to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns when they pose a threat to the safety of themselves or others: Call 911 for immediate emergency assistance or contact local law enforcement agencies

Mattoon Police Dept: (217) 258- 7901

Charleston Police Dept: (217) 348- 5211

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8256)


Legal & Municipal:

Clark County Health Department providing services by appointment only- no walk-ins until further notice

Cumberland County Health Department closed to the public and cancelling all appointments until further notice: WIC vouchers are available for curbside pickup

Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation: Zipline services temporarily suspended: transportation will be available by reservation for those needing travel assistance to their places of employment, medical appointments, pharmacies, and nutrition sites such as grocery stores. All scheduled, in-county trip fares are now $1.00 each way: Call 1-800-500-5505 to schedule.

To Apply for COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits:

ERBA: If you are a propane customer and fall to 25% or less of propane, please call 1-800-252-1152 and ERBA staff can assist with propane issues. They also operate food pantries in Cumberland and Jasper Counties.

SACIS Area Court Proceedings:


Family & School: 

Senior Living Facilities accepting cards, artwork, crafts, pictures and stories:


Brookstone North Mattoon |

Brookstone South Mattoon |

Copper Creek Cottages |

Life’s Journey |

Palm Terrace |


Brookstone |

Heritage Woods |

Villas of Hollybrook |

Learning Resources:

PBS Kids:

Scholastic Learning:–free-resources-for-school-closures.html


Art Institute of Chicago Virtual Viewing:

St. Louis Zoo Penguin Webcam: