Area Organizations Taking Steps to Ease Burdens Many Will Carry Because of Coronavirus

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — In response to the hardships that will be experienced by people due to the COVID-19, pandemic, companies, and schools are taking steps to ease the burdens many will be carrying.

Ameren Illinois is suspending service disconnections and forgiving late payment fees for non-payment through at least May 1.

Customers needing assistance with paying their bill should contact our customer care team online at Ameren Illinois for payment options.

Locally, Kell and Iuka schools have announced they will be providing free sack lunches for students and under school-aged children for pickup at the schools due to classes being canceled Tuesday, March 17, through at least March 30.

Also, McAlister’s Deli is giving free sack lunches to children in the towns they serve, including Mt. Vernon, from 11 am – 1 pm, Monday through Friday during the school closures. No purchase is necessary.

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