The Issue: Food Insecurity in St. Louis
One day in early February, Cindy and her 14-month-old, Tom, stood in the cold for nearly an hour. Even though the temperatures barely reached the 40s, however, their spirit didn’t flag. Because Cindy knew that at the end of that line was the cereal, yogurt, fruit, and meat she could use to help feed Tom and the five other children at home. Since her husband worked in construction, his income waned at certain times of the year, and because her kids didn’t receive free lunches and her family was ineligible for SNAP benefits, food pantries were how they supplemented their food budget—a trend common to thousands of families in the region.
The Campaign: Feeding Hungry Local Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by St. Louis Area Foodbank to feed local families and seniors. For every $10 raised, St. Louis Area Foodbank can provide 40 meals to hungry individuals. The organization distributes these meals through a network of more than 500 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency feeding programs. And to show their commitment to the cause, 97% of the nonprofit’s funds go directly to food distribution.
St. Louis Area Foodbank
Located near the intersection of I-70 and I-270, St. Louis Area Foodbank has easy access to 12 counties in Illinois and 14 counties in Missouri. It uses this real estate well, too, sending out trucks loaded up with more than 35 million pounds of food to 500 pantries and soup kitchens in those 26 counties. Those partner organizations then deliver that food to hungry families—something they've done since the Foodbank's inception in 1975.
While feeding as many people as it does, the organization still makes an effort to follow the lives of the people it helps. In the past, St. Louis Area Foodbank fed Doris, a senior citizen from Farmington who volunteers at the local food pantry, Ken and Krista from Carlyle, who had to choose between paying bills and feeding their children, and with Dianna from Salem, who lost everything in a fire. The organization feeds more than 57,000 people just like this every week, supporting them when they're unable to make ends meet.