Hunger Action Month


More than 430,000* people in the Missouri- Illinois bi-state region face hunger — that’s 1 out of every 6 people in our community. For many, a daily meal poses a tough choice: a meal or electricity, a meal or medication, a meal or rent. (*Feeding America ‘Map the Meal Gap’ March 2021)

September is Hunger Action Month. This is the time to raise awareness about an issue that’s all too common in our community despite living in a world that has more than enough to feed everyone. We want to inspire people to take action and help those that are facing the impossible choices of hunger. We also want to let those who are experiencing hunger know that help and hope is out there.

Here are a few simple ways you can join the St. Louis Area Foodbank to take action this September and help solve hunger.


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Join us for Helpie Hours

Give back in a meaningful way at one of three Helpie Hours hosted by the St. Louis Area Foodbank during Hunger Action Month. Join us on September 9, 16 or 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a night of volunteering and mingling with others who want to make a difference. Registration is $10 and includes snacks and drinks at the event. Grab your friends and come out for a night of fun and feeding more people in the bi-state region! (These events are 21+)

Go Orange and Match Your Donation on Hunger Action Day– September 17!

Go Orange to show your support of hunger relief! Wear your favorite orange shirt and get your friends to join you! Take a picture and share it on social media! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HungerActionMonth and tag us @stlfoodbank!

On September 17th your donations can go THREE times as far thanks to our partners at BMO Harris Bank that will match up to $15,000 that day!

You can also DOUBLE your gift on September 28th during our 2nd annual ‘Feed A Neighbor Giving Day’ sponsored by our friends at Emerson. Donations will be matched up to $20,000.

Host a Virtual Food Drive

Encourage your friends, co-workers, or community members to come together to fight hunger, no matter where they are. A virtual food drive is a great way to maximize your impact. With just a few clicks, you can make a difference in the lives of your neighbors without ever leaving your desk. Visit Virtual Food Drive to learn more!

Raise Awareness by hosting a Lunch & Learn

The first step in taking action to solve a problem is learning about it. Bring your entire team, office, classroom, or community group together to learn about the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the need in our communities, and how anyone can get involved. Our knowledgeable staff can present to your group either virtually or in-person. Contact Nate Pedigo at to schedule a Lunch and Learn today!

Group Activity

Local businesses, organizations, schools, and more can get involved in a variety of ways. Whether it’s hosting a food drive, raising funds to donate to the Foodbank, or bringing awareness through nutrition education, your group can help us take action against Hunger this September.

If you have an idea for how you’d like to participate or need help coming up with an idea for your group, fill out our Contact Form and we will get in touch soon.

Be an Advocate

Visit our Advocacy page to learn more about using your voice to help us end hunger. Sign up for our Advocacy Newsletter for regular communication about what we’re doing and how you can help!

Chefs Against Hunger

The St. Louis Area Foodbank is partnering with some of the area’s top restaurants to help feed the hungry by dining out during Hunger Action Month. Participating restaurants have created a special dish or designated an item on their menu that will benefit the Foodbank each time it is sold. By participating in STL Chefs Against Hunger, local residents are supporting children, families and seniors in need of food assistance.

Eleven Eleven Mississippi – Rotating Daily Special
Hamilton Urban Steakhouse & Bourbon Bar – Rotating Daily Special
PW Pizza & 21st Street Brewer’s Bar – Rotating Daily Special
Vin de Set – Rotating Daily Special
Brasserie – Nicoise Salad
Taste – Sweet & Sour Pork Belly Skewers
Pastaria – Chitarra al Pomodoro
Pastaria Deli & Wine – Mortadella Sandwich
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