For this week’s St. Louis Sunday post I wanted to bring up the St. Louis Area Foodbank again. Even if you are not in the St. Louis area, please do look for the major foodbank in your area for more information.
Food insecurity is, sadly, a very real thing in St. Louis. One in eight people in our area need food assistance. It is not just something that happens for the “traditional” poor either. There are many families who are facing food insecurity even though they work and have jobs. Our economy has caused so many people to fall into this terrible issue of food insecurity and no one in our country should be going hungry in my book.
How You Can Help the St. Louis Area Foodbank
There are plenty of ways that you and your family can help the St. Louis Area Foodbank in getting food to those who need it.
- Volunteer at the St. Louis Area Foodbank
This is great for individuals, families, and groups. They always need help to sort, box, and repackage foods. Think about this as a field trip or team-building experience as well. Many shifts available.
- Host a Virtual Food Drive
There is an online virtual grocery store than you can shop at! Do it yourself or host a virtual drive with your group or work. You can do this all from your desk or the comfort of your home!
- Make a Cash Donation
Of course the St. Louis Area Foodbank takes cash donations as well. Plus it is tax-deductible. Did you know that just a $1.00 donation equals 4 meals? Many employers also offer matching gifts so be sure to check the list to see if your employer does this before you donate.
You can also send a $10 donation to the St. Louis Area Foodbank by texting “FEEDSTL” to 20222. The donation will be added to your cellphone bill for you.
- Food Donations
You can always donate non-perishable items to the Foodbank. Think about things like peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chicken, soups, rice, crackers, canned veggies and fruits, bottled and boxed juices, instant mashed potatoes and powdered milk. They also take non-food items like soap, shampoo, diapers, toilet paper, and feminine products. They have drop off times Monday thru Saturday.
How to Get Help
If you are in need of food, use the Food Find at St. Louis Area Foodbank to find the local food pantry in your area. Another great service is recipes on the St. Louis Area Foodbank site which shares recipes for using lots of items available at food pantries to make healthy meals for your family. If you have children in school, look to see if they offer a School Pantry Program for your kids to get foods to bring home as well as free and reduced school meal programs. The SNAP outreach program provides benefits to low-income individuals also.