A United Way sign posted outside the St. Louis Area Foodbank / Photo by Ryan Farmer
Helping People. It’s what we’re doing at the Foodbank by providing food and personal care items to more than 57,000 individuals each week. The Foodbank helps people and we’re part of a bigger picture that is the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Since 1985, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has been a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
It’s a membership that we’re very proud of, because we know the rich tradition that the United Way has in this town. The standards of quality that they require of their nonprofit members are not to be taken lightly.
The United Way currently provides funding to more than 170 local nonprofits. They bring individuals and organizations together to solve problems. And, they mobilize thousands of volunteers annually.
We have enjoyed a great relationship with the United Way over the years. They have sent hundreds of volunteers to help repackage food; they’ve helped us organize food drives and distribution locations when natural disasters strike, like the tornadoes that recently hit Bridgeton and Joplin; and the funding they provide has helped us bring in millions of pounds of food to the area.
This week, the United Way launched their fundraising campaign. They’ve set their goal at $72 million.
It’s a lofty goal, but one that needs to be achieved, not only for what it means to the nonprofits they support, but for the thousands of clients throughout the bi-state region that rely on their services.
When you support the United Way of Greater St. Louis, you are supporting the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
We encourage you to give what you can to the United Way, either through payroll deduction or online at their website.
You’ll feel good and you’ll know that you’re truly helping people.
Ryan Farmer is the communications coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank