It’s simple — for every dollar donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank, 97 cents go directly toward feeding the hungry. In fact, working with our network of nearly 500 partner agencies in Missouri and Illinois, the Foodbank provides food assistance to 43,000 people each week; more than 2.4 million meals per month.
We are grateful for the food donations the Foodbank receives from individuals, corporations, retailers and community food drives. But the reality is that the Foodbank relies on donors like you to maintain our warehouse, keep the shelves stocked with nutritionally balanced foods and transport that food when and where it’s needed.
Like any household, having a reliable revenue stream allows us to plan more effectively and stretch donations even further. As a supporter of the Foodbank, we hope you’ll consider becoming a monthly donor — a Meal Maker. You can choose an amount that fits with your giving budget to have funds automatically withdrawn from your banking account. Prefer regular mail? Just send in a voided check with instructions for the amount of support you’d like to provide each month. Again, funds will automatically be withdrawn from your account. Your financial donations change lives.
Over the summer, Shop ‘n Save used a variety of means to collect food and funds for the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
Seeking to address food insecurity over the summer months, the grocery chain organized the “Wipe Out Summer Hunger” campaign. The campaign ran from June through August and included tie-ins to the Slide the City event, a management team-building challenge and help from some of their loyal vendors. When it was all said and done, Shop ‘n Save employees, their customers and vendors raised $55,175 worth of food and funds to feed hungry people in our region!
The Summer Campaigns
In April, Shop ‘n Save store managers from around the area gathered at their headquarters in Kirkwood for the announcement of the “Wipe Out Summer Hunger” campaign. They also took part in a training exercise with business consultant Mark Jewell. Mark split the managers into smaller groups and gave each group $20 and challenged them to multiply their money 10 times over, in a matter of hours. The group far exceeded that goal and ended up raising $9,410 that was all donated to the Foodbank.
From June through August, Shop ‘n Save customers were able to purchase pre-packaged “Wipe Out Summer Hunger” bags of food as a donation to the Foodbank. This campaign brought in nearly $25,000 in food donations!
Slide the City was an event held July 11 and 12. It was a hot and humid weekend, which drove residents downtown by the thousands. Slide the City made a $60 donation for each volunteer that the Foodbank secured. Over the course of the two day event, 148 volunteers helped check-in sliders, hand out innertubes and help sliders get down the 1,000 foot slip ‘n slide. Nearly half those volunteers were Shop ‘n Save employees.
It All Comes Together in a Big Way
On Wednesday, October 8, a convoy of five trucks departed from the SuperValu Distribution Center in Hazelwoodand delivered enough food and funds to help the Foodbank provide 220,000+ meals to our neighbors in need. Staff members from both the Foodbank and Shop ‘n Save welcomed the trucks to our warehouse in Earth City. Among the various staff members, Frank Finnegan, president and CEO of the Foodbank, chatted with Eric Hymas, banner president of Shop ‘n Save about the collaborative efforts to feed the bi-state region.
In addition to their efforts over the summer, our drivers regularly pick up food from 37 area Shop ‘n Save stores every week. In the last year alone, they donated 2.7 million pounds of food through that program.
The food and funds delivered to the Foodbank last week are an encouraging sign of the support our community provides.
We are so grateful for great partners like Shop ‘n Save!
Much of what we do is only possible because of the partnerships we have with organizations in our community.
Recently, the St. Louis Area Foodbank had a great opportunity to partner with fit-flavors, a company that sells healthy, prepared meals.
As the food market evolves, prepared meals are becoming more and more common. Fit-flavors is a product of that evolution and seeks to provide nutritious, portion-controlled meals for people on the go who are trying to eat right. Likewise, the Foodbank has taken the appropriate steps to accept and distribute prepared food donations. By working together, both organizations can do more to serve more people in the community.
Owner and founder, Jillian Tedesco, answered a few questions about her company and its partnership with the Foodbank.
Why did you decide to partner with the food bank?
“Honestly, because I want to help people. I feel like God has blessed me with the success of fit-flavors and such a good team so that I can do things like this, such as feed others.“
What other charities has fit-flavors supported?
“We’ve been involved with Cardinal Glennon, Treehouse, Easter Seals Midwest and a homeless shelter in St. Charles.“
Where was all this food going before your partnered with the food bank?
“Some meals we allowed employees to take home but now that we donate to the food bank, we actually cook in abundance 4 days before so that we are able to donate more meals while making sure that the donations are still fresh. We also pull from our coolers a day early so that we are able to make a larger donation.“
It’s been about a month and a half since you’ve partnered with the food bank. How are you feeling about everything?
“I’m feeling great about all of it and as we continue to grow and open more locations we will only have more food to donate.“
By partnering with this non-profit organization what kind of example do you think you are setting for your team?
“I think that by having the whole team involved, from staff cooking and packaging the meals,then the front of house staff who counts inventory and pulls the meals that will go to the food bank, the whole team is involved with the process and everyone is happy to be a part of it in some way. People helping people.“
We are very happy to work with fit-flavors and their team!
On Monday, July 13, the St. Louis Area Foodbank worked with the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) for the third time since 2010 to harvest 7,210 lbs. of corn. The corn was then donated to Loving Hearts in Washington, MO, a partner agency of the Foodbank.
In 2010 the donation was 4,708 lbs. followed by 4,386 lbs. in 2014. This year was the largest donation yet—7,210 lbs. of fresh, sweet corn!
The corn was grown and donated in 2014 and 2015 by Glosemeyer Farm in Marthasville, MO, through their partnership with MCGA.
Missouri Corn Growers Association
MCGA is a grassroots organization of farmer-members who have been working to increase the profitability of corn production through partnerships and education since 1978.
We wanted to take the time to thank MCGA and Glosemeyer Farms for partnering with us this year to provide fresh produce to the community.
If corn is starting to sound really good, try out this tasty side dish recipe:
Sheri’s Cold Cornbread Casserole
1 pan of cornbread
2-3 cups corn, cooked or canned
2 cans red beans
3 cups of chopped vegetables (cauliflower, green peppers, tomatoes, whatever you prefer)
3 cups ranch dressing
Crumble cornbread in the bottom of a dish
Cover the cornbread with corn and red beans
Add the chopped vegetables
Coat the top with ranch dressing
Toss together, serve cold
Last year, our distribution manager, wrote a blog about the Glosemeyer donation.
Whether you donated or helped spread the word about our cause, you played an important role in helping us exceed our goal this year.
Last year, we received more than $8,300 in donations. This year we set our sights on raising $10,000 in 24 hours. We can provide four meals with every dollar donated and we thought providing 40,000 meals almost 40 years to the day that we first became incorporated as an organization would be a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.
When it was all said and done, we received$12,415 in donations from 194 donors. With this money, we can feed almost 50,000 hungry people in our community!
We were truly delighted to watch the incredible support for the St. Louis nonprofit community on Tuesday. More than $2 million was committed to nonprofits all across the bi-state region. It is so encouraging to see the generosity of our community.
“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”
Lucy Van Pelt
In Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
The St. Louis Area Foodbank distributed more than 34 million pounds of product this past fiscal year.
Eighty-eight percent of those pounds were nutritional foods – think meats, dairy, fruits and veggies.
So then, what the heck is in that last four million pounds?
In addition to the nutritional food we receive, we also bring in donations that include health and beauty products, household items, snacks and desserts.
Though we obviously prefer the healthier, high-nutrition foods, we know that struggling families need shampoo and paper towels, just like the rest of us.
Procuring candy donations isn’t a high priority for us. But we do believe that every person, regardless of their socio-economic status, deserves to treat themselves.
I can speak from personal experience when I say that a cookie or sweet after a healthy meal hits the spot!
What kind of birthday would a kid have without a birthday cake? How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate or candy hearts?
The St. Louis Area Foodbank receives candy and desserts from our retail partners whenever the items are close to the best-by date.
We tend to get big donations of candy after all major holidays. We get a variety – holiday-themed candy considered unsellable by our stores, candy with misprinted packaging, or a new flavor that wasn’t a big seller.
We are fortunate to have The Hershey Company as a partner of Feeding America and its member food banks.
In fiscal year 2013, the Foodbank received 70,000 pounds from Hershey. So far this year, we have received nearly 14,000 pounds of goods from Hershey. The items we receive from Hershey generally come directly from their Midwest Distribution Center in Edwardsville, Ill.
As a Foodbank, we are glad to accept these items and distribute them to our agencies in a timely manner, instead of seeing them thrown away.
Giving someone the ability to receive such a special treat for Valentine’s Day is truly rewarding. We may not be that person’s “Valentine” per se, but surely we hope to have brightened their day when they are handed a chocolate sweet.
This Valentine’s Day, consider skipping the giant box of chocolate and buying a smaller one. With the extra money, donate to help us share a little love with families in need.
By Shannon O’Connor
Product Sourcing Manager at the St. Louis Area Foodbank
Like many holidays, Valentine’s Day changes meaning as we age.
In grade school, you probably exchanged candy with classmates. Maybe those little chalky hearts that say “Be Mine.”
Teachers probably encouraged you to design and color a card for your parents or grandparents.
Later in adolescence, you may have begun to question the validity of the holiday. Perhaps you even protested against celebrating it.
This rite of passage usually ends with a return to celebrating the holiday, particularly by the time you’re old enough to have a boyfriend or girlfriend.
The longevity of the holiday can be verified by the Greeting Card Association, who claims that 145 million greeting cards are bought for Valentine’s Day each year in the United States.
That means two cards are given to every five people in the United States!
No matter what your age, Valentine’s Day is about showing your love for someone else. Maybe you show your love with greeting cards, candies, flowers or dinners. Or maybe you even offer a “free” gesture of love like doing the dishes or giving a foot rub.
Before she took a job at Whole Foods Market in August 2012, Lisa Frumhoff struggled to make ends meet as a self-employed real estate agent.
In 2009, the Mizzou grad and University City native found herself in need of food assistance.
“Jewish Family & Children Services was there to help me through those times,” Frumhoff said. “The food pantry at JFCS was always packed back then with all kinds of people. I was delighted to find out last week that the St. Louis Area Foodbank provides food to JFCS.”
Now, in her role as a customer service team member and personal shopper at Whole Foods Market – Galleria in Brentwood, Frumhoff found herself in a position to help others in need.
During the Whole Foods Market’s “Feed 4 More” program, Frumhoff joined cashiers from across the Midwest in asking customers if they’d like to donate to local hunger relief efforts.
By the time Feed 4 More ended in December, Frumhoff had collected more donations from customers than any other cashier in the 45 stores in the Midwest Region.
She alone raised a whopping $7,003 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank!
The two local Whole Foods Market locations – Galleria and Town & Country – raised a total of $40,331.59 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
Since the Foodbank can provide four meals with every dollar donated to the organization, the “Feed 4 More” program helped provide more than 160,000 meals for hungry families in our region.
The Midwest region overall raised an amazing $650,000 for hunger relief charities.
Frumhoff and Whole Foods Market representatives visited the St. Louis Area Foodbank on January 16. After their tour, Frumhoff said seeing the fruits of her labor was “truly one of my top five magical moments.”
“For the first time since our fundraising efforts, I truly got the impact of my efforts, the impact of our efforts, and all the generous customers,” Frumhoff said.
In November and December, Frumhoff and her counterparts across the region asked each customer if they’d like to donate to local hunger relief.
“I’d say ‘we’re raising money for the St. Louis food bank and every $5 feeds a family of four for the day,’” Frumhoff said.
Whole Foods Market reps say their customers were incredibly receptive.
“I feel blessed to have been in a position to make such a difference, just by asking people and giving them the choice,” Frumhoff said. “I asked at least 95% of the people who came through my line.”
Frumhoff says that the Feed 4 More program has made her realize the value of fundraising for a good cause.
“I’ve discovered my passion for fundraising and helping feed the hungry,” Frumhoff says.
She set a personal goal to raise $7,000. In the end, she surpassed her goal by $3.
“When I was fundraising for the last two months, I often shared my story of using the food pantries, myself,” Frumhoff said. “My desire to raise as much as possible came from a deep desire to have healthier food offered in food pantries. I know it costs more, because I spend any money I can, leftover from bills, to pay more for healthier food.”
Frumhoff has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She says her education and career history make it easy for her to relate to the thousands of individuals who work hard, but still have trouble providing food for their families.
After touring the Foodbank and seeing firsthand the volume of food we distribute, Frumhoff said, “down to my bones, I’ve been profoundly moved, touched and inspired.”
Thanks to Frumhoff and all the team members at the Whole Foods Market – Galleria location, they raised the fourth most funds among all the participating stores in the Midwest region during the Feed 4 More campaign.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank is grateful to Frumhoff and all the staff and customers at both our local Whole Foods Markets for their dedication to hunger relief.
By Bethany Prange
Communications Coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank
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