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Save the Date – May 5, 2015

Last year’s inaugural effort of Give STL Day raised more than $1.1 million for 528 local nonprofits. The Foodbank was lucky enough to receive 190 gifts totaling more than $8,000 on that day.

This year we’re setting a goal of trying to raise at least $10,000 in 24 hours. That would help us provide 40,000 meals for hungry families throughout the bi-state.

What will you give STL on 5/5?

Learn more at http://givestlday.org

#WeSparkChange

3 Ways to Help Fight Hunger Spark Change

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Through May 3, Walmart is teaming up with some of America’s favorite food manufacturers to fight hunger and spark change across the country.

There are three ways you can help feed local families:

Buy Your Favorite Foods at Walmart Stores

At area Walmart locations, when you purchase designated products from Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft and Unilever, it will trigger a donation of 10 cents to Feeding America to help secure one meal on behalf of the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Donate at the Register

You can make a donation of $1, $2, or $5 at the register of your local Walmart. Within our 26-county service territory, 100% of these funds will be allocated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Share Your Smile on Social Media

During the campaign, Walmart will raise awareness about the one in six people nationally that struggle with hunger. Take a picture with six people who commit to fight hunger. Post the picture publicly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WeSparkChange. Walmart will donate $10 to Feeding America for every qualified post, up to $1.5 million. Funds raised will be distributed equitably among participating Feeding America food banks.

For more information on the campaign and to see how many meals have been secured for local families, click here.

Volunteers Needed!

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

May 9, 2015 | 3 Hour Shifts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Area Post Offices


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On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

The nation’s 180,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations.

We need volunteers to help pick-up, sort and package the food at Post Offices around St. Louis. 

Read more

Save on Riverfront Times Iron Fork Tickets

Iron Fork Tickets

The St. Louis Area Foodbank is excited to be a part of the 9th annual Riverfront Times Iron Fork event.

If you use our link and promo code, you’ll save $5 on each VIP and general admission ticket!

Guests will enjoy cocktails, signature dishes from 40 hand-selected restaurants and a chef competition featuring some of the city’s top culinary talents.

Participating restaurants include Cielo, Fork & Stix, Grove East Provisions/Red Fox Bakery, Juniper, Kakao Chocolate, Layla, Mission Taco Joint, Pappy’s Smokehouse, Strange Donuts, Quincy Street Bistro, Salume Beddu, Seoul Taco, Three Flags Tavern, plus many more to be announced.

The chef’s competition is sponsored by Whole Foods Market!

This event has sold-out the past two years!

Thursday, April 2, 2015
7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
St. Louis Union Station Hotel
$40 GA | $80 VIP
Use our promo code IRONBANK and save $5 per ticket!


A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Foodbank

Hunger Is No Laughing Matter Pre-Party Pictures!

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the first Friends of the Foodbank Pre-Party for Hunger Is No Laughing Matter.

We enjoyed delicious food by Mission Taco Joint and beverages from A-B In Bev and Glazer’s Distributors. We were also lucky to spend a little time with our headliners The Sklar Brothers and opening acts Kelsey McClure, Hot Comedy with Kenny Kinds and Nick Vatterott.

National School Lunch Week

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As we wrap up National School Lunch Week it is important to acknowledge the changing structure in nutrition within our school cafeterias. This week we are sharing three important perspectives on the school lunch program and the recent changes seen in schools nationwide.

Your Turn: School lunch rules are working

In 2010 the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act kick started the mission to have healthier, more nutritious meals available to our students. This effort was part of a larger picture to reduce the obesity epidemic affecting school children. As we prepare for the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization it’s important to show the importance of nutritious lunch and breakfast programs available to our school children, especially those receiving free or reduced meals.

The Foodbank’s School Breakfast program targets area schools with a high rate of students receiving free or reduced lunch and helps them establish a well-rounded, breakfast program to encourage more students to participate.

Learn more about the impact the changes are having in Tim English’s article

Empowering Students to Make the Healthy Choice the Right Choice

We are hearing very positive feedback as a result of the new nutrition guidelines implemented throughout schools nationwide. Victoria Wittrock, Food Service Supervisor of the West Central School District in South Dakota, sheds some light on the positive attributes associated with the recent changes to the School Lunch and Breakfast program. This story is just one real-life story as part of the series, Cafeteria Stories by the USDA.

Read more about Victoria’s experience implementing the new guidelines

5 Tips to a Better School Lunch

School cafeterias provide the fuel needed by our children to maintain a strong energy throughout the day and contribute to their educational success. Some of the new nutrition guidelines on the menu may be a challenge for some students to accept; that’s why it is important that parents, grandparents and guardians become involved in making the transition to a more nutritious menu a little easier. The following article provides five great tips on how to encourage your kids to try the new items on the menu.

Get registered dietitian, Jen Haugen’s tips on how parents can get involved

Hunger Close to Home

Thank you to everyone who joined the Friends of the Foodbank at the The Biergarten- STL at Anheuser-Busch Brewery for an engaging and informative discussion on the recent Hunger in America 2014 study.

Every four years a national study is conducted that collects data on hunger from those struggling to put food on their tables. We were thrilled to have study coordinators from Feeding America, along with representatives from the Foodbank and local food pantries in attendance. They shared their insights and personal stories on this deeply rooted issue in our region.

Feed Ferguson Update

It has been amazing to see the work being done in the Ferguson community to make sure that kids and families that are in need of food assistance are getting the help they need.

We were thrilled to see that the Ferguson-Florissant school district made the decision to provide lunch for students this week. Learn more on KSDK

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Community Resource Drop-In Center

At the Foodbank, we have been concentrating our efforts on providing food assistance to the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Community Resource Drop-In Center at the Dellwood Recreation Center (10266 W. Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63136). To date, we have delivered more than 14,000 pounds of food to be distributed to kids and families affected by the unrest in Ferguson.

On Saturday, August 23 and into the early part of the next week, we are using our Foodbank trucks to pick up donations of food, personal care items, school supplies and cleaning supplies from area businesses that will be delivered directly to the Community Resource Drop-In Center.


Feed the Students of Ferguson

On Monday, August 25 we are scheduled to receive the first shipment of cereal that will be distributed among our partner agencies that serve Ferguson and the surrounding communities.

More food should be arriving later in the week. Using the funds raised by the Feed the Students of Ferguson Fundly campaign, we will be providing more food to help ensure that students in the Ferguson/Florissant school district and their families will not have to choose between paying for food and other basic necessities as the town rebuilds and recovers.

Stay Involved

The Fundly campaign has ended, but if you would like to contribute to the Ferguson Fund, please visit the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ page:
http://www.stl.unitedway.org/helpingferguson/

If you would like to support the St. Louis Area Foodbank’s mission of feeding hungry people throughout the bi-state region, please visit our donation page:
http://stlfoodbank.org/donate/

If you would like the donation to go specifically to our efforts in Ferguson and the surrounding areas of North St. Louis County, please put “Ferguson” in the comments section.

 

Read our first update on helping Ferguson

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Helping Ferguson

The St. Louis Area Foodbank has served the St. Louis community for nearly 40 years and will continue to do so as long as there is a need for food assistance.



Immediate Response to Ferguson

On Saturday, the St. Louis Area Foodbank partnered with the United Way of the Greater St. Louis to deliver 5,000 pounds of food to the Dellwood Community Center to help feed people in need in the Ferguson community.

This food was product the Foodbank had previously collected in food drives and is not associated with the “Feed the Students of Ferguson” campaign.




“Feed the Students of Ferguson” Fundly Campaign

At this time, the St. Louis Area Foodbank is the planned recipient of the money raised by the “Feed the Students of Ferguson” campaign.

The campaign, created by North Carolina school teacher Julianna Mendelsohn, has raised more than $80,000 so far. The campaign will end Thursday.

The outpouring of support from across the country has been overwhelming. The funds donated through the “Feed the Students of Ferguson” campaign have been earmarked for the Ferguson community, where children in need will continue to struggle with hunger long after the news cameras leave.

Have you received the funds from the Feed the Students of Ferguson campaign?

We had not yet received the funds as of noon today, August 20, 2014. After a discussion with the management of Fundly, we agreed that the funds raised would be transferred to the St. Louis Area Foodbank starting Thursday, August 21, 2014.

What will you do with the money?

Our goal is to provide a sustainable, long-term hunger relief program for the children of the Ferguson community. We have five partner food pantries in and around Ferguson who have been providing food to families in the community during this difficult time. These pantries serve the Ferguson community year-round, a hunger relief mission that the Foodbank will continue to support in any way we can.

As we look to the future, the Foodbank will implement a specific long-term plan for feeding children in need in Ferguson and provide a full financial accounting on the use of the campaign funds donated.

How long does the campaign run?

At this time, we plan to stop taking donations via the Fundly campaign, Feed the Students of Ferguson, on Thursday, August 21, 2014.




Future Recovery Efforts

The recovery effort in Ferguson will take time and the combined efforts of organizations and individuals in the St. Louis region. Our goal is to provide a steady supply of food to those in need in the Ferguson community for months to come.



How to Help

Anyone interested in supporting the St. Louis Area Foodbank’s efforts to feed hungry people can make a donation through the “Feed the Students of Ferguson” campaign https://fundly.com/feed-the-students-of-ferguson or make a donation at www.stlfoodbank.org and put “Ferguson” in the comments section.

For those looking for other ways to help the people of Ferguson please contact the United Way of Greater St. Louis.