What delivery services are there for nutritional meals for elderly 1SPRINGFIELD - State Senators Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Steve McClure (R-Springfield) are issuing an urgent call to action for Central Illinois residents to fill the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland’s (AgeLinc) volunteer shortage.

AgeLinc needs volunteers to assist with meal preparation and delivery for seniors in multiple cities, as well as help to package meals for delivery at the Senior Services of Central Illinois meal preparation site.

There is currently a waitlist of 244 seniors who need meals delivered to their homes and not enough volunteers to make the deliveries. The service area most in need encompasses Springfield, Lincoln, Jacksonville, Taylorville and Litchfield and all areas in between.

Healthy individuals who want to help should email Jennifer Hopper, the Volunteer Coordinator at Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.​ or call her at 217-787-9234, ext. 115​.

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mask donationBUNKER HILL - ​To contend with a potentially dire shortage of personal protective equipment, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is asking Central Illinois residents to donate unused gear to their local health departments, hospitals, and first responders, or consider making hand-sewn masks for non-clinicians.

"In times of crisis, unity creates community resilience," Manar said. "Now is the time to unite behind our medical personnel and first responders who are on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. Their PPE supply is dwindling, and without adequate gear, they cannot fully protect themselves or their patients."

Health workers are in need of the following items:

  • Masks (N-95, earloop, and surgical)
  • Gowns (isolation and non-descriptive)
  • Gloves (nitrile, sterile and surgical)
  • Face shields and goggles
  • Infection control kits
  • Hand Sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Thermometers (forehead only)

Individuals who have items on hand that they wish to donate should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include their address and the quantity of each item.

Individuals who would like to donate hand-sewn masks should use the following tutorials indicated by HSHS Medical Group and Memorial Health System:

Below is a list of area hospitals that have announced they are currently, or will soon begin, accepting hand-sewn face masks that have elastic or cotton straps, as well as their guidelines and instructions.

Sangamon County

PPE and hand-sewn masks donations to Memorial Health System, HSHS St. John's Hospital and HSHS Medical Group, Springfield Clinic, SIU Medicine and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach can be dropped off 4930 LaVerna Rd. in Springfield starting March 25 from 1-4 p.m. After Wednesday, Mar. 25, donations will be accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until April 3.

Montgomery County

For donations to St. Francis hospital in Litchfield, individuals can drop off their items at the Litchfield McDonalds restaurant and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Litchfield. Community members should not bring them into the hospital. Please use the designated drop off areas listed above. Bundle masks in no more than 25 increments in a sealed zip lock bag.

Madison County

Handmade mask donations to Anderson Hospital in Maryville can be dropped off at First Baptist Church Maryville, located at 7110 State Route 162 in Maryville. The collection bin will be available inside the main entrance Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, March 30th. Please place masks in a sealed zip lock bag. Each zip lock bag will include seamstress name, address, email, and contact number.

Macon County

The Macon County Crisis Communication Team announced on Tuesday that it is accepting donations of homemade masks on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and each of the two following Thursdays (April 2 and April 9, 2020) at the Decatur Civic Center drive-thru located at 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza in Decatur. The donations will be given to Crossing Healthcare, Decatur Memorial Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital. Do not bring donations directly to the hospitals or clinics.

Macoupin County

Carlinville Area Hospital is accepting donations of PPE and handmade masks. Items can be dropped off at the hospital’s entry screening area between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week. For large donations, call Melissa at 854-3141 x264 ahead of time to make arrangements.

Christian County

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has announced it is finalizing its donation process for homemade masks in cooperation with its community healthcare partners.

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Springfield2BUNKER HILL - State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is calling on healthy, eligible individuals in Central Illinois to help replenish the state’s blood supply, which is facing a sharp decline due to the high number of canceled blood drives and appointments in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"As the blood supply in Central Illinois declines to critical levels, patients continue to rely on blood transfusions to stay alive or make it through emergency surgery for ongoing medical challenges unrelated to COVID-19," Manar said. "This pandemic has led to a dramatic drop in the number of donations, and that could directly threaten the lives of individuals who need blood. So we need healthy people to step up in a safe way to help their neighbors.​"

Medical professionals at the American Red Cross have reiterated that blood donation is safe and does not pose any risk of contracting the virus.

Due to its critical need for donations, the Springfield-based Central Illinois Community Blood Center has extended its donor center’s operating hours.

“This crisis is going to present a number of challenges to our healthcare system that will require a strong community effort. This is one of them,” Manar said. “I encourage all healthy, eligible individuals to step up and help fill the void of blood donations.”

To make an appointment to donate blood with the Red Cross, residents can visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767. For an appointment with the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, call 217-753-1530 or visit bloodcenter.org.

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CAP paymentsSPRINGFIELD - To ensure the stability of small, independent pharmacies through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza is releasing nearly $1 million to critical access pharmacies in rural and underserved communities.

The move comes one day after State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) penned a letter to Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Theresa Eagleson urging her office to expedite payments under the Critical Access Pharmacy Program as a way to help bolster rural pharmacies as they brace for the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic into their communities.

"For rural Illinois families, the nearest hospital can be miles away in a different community, meaning pharmacies are the only local source of health care and medical relief," Manar said. "As this pandemic spreads into rural Illinois communities, the importance of keeping small, local pharmacies stable cannot be overstated. Expediting CAP payments is a major help, and I appreciate the Pritzker administration’s swift action.”

The payments are being released under the Critical Access Pharmacy program for pharmacies that are determined by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to be located in medically underserved areas of the state. Manar, a leading advocate of the CAP program, negotiated its renewed funding in​ the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget to support independent pharmacies.

These supplemental state payments will assist small, independently owned pharmacies that have experienced serious financial difficulty because of lower rates offered under the state's managed care program and also because of rate cuts by pharmacy benefit managers.

"Locally owned pharmacies - often the only pharmacies available for miles in any direction - are vital to stopping the spread of the coronavirus in rural communities," Mendoza said. "It's more important than ever that we ensure these payments continue to go out so these small businesses can continue to be there for the people they serve."

This is the third disbursement to critical access pharmacies under the program. The comptroller released $4.7 million in payments on July 1 and $1.9 million on Dec. 10.

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