One life event – a job loss, an unexpected bill, a health crisis, or the struggle to break the cycle of poverty can lead to the financial stress of choosing between necessities for any of us. Food should not be one of them.

At the St. Louis Area Foodbank, we have a PEOPLE FIRST mindset that drives our decisions, helping us achieve our mission of building a stronger community by empowering people with food and hope.

We know that hunger is real – and that it looks different from the cities to the suburbs to our rural communities. Working through our robust network of more than 600 community partners, we’re committed to finding better ways to connect to our neighbors in need.

We know that food insecurity existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic. We have faced and continue to face historical challenges with this perfect storm that began in March of 2020. A soaring need for food assistance, combined with a monumental gap in supply chain and major disruptions to our business model – we had to overcome obstacles with strength and flexibility. Thanks to your support, commitment, and partnership, we were able to keep our doors open and answer the calls for help. Although the pandemic continues to disrupt and challenge us all – we have learned, grown, and emerged stronger and more resilient because of the journey.

We recently have updated our strategic direction that is filled with lessons learned over the past 18 months. We are laser focused on being a resource, a thought leader, and cycle-breaker in our community. We invite you to join us as we look to ‘Nourish’, ‘Empower’ and ‘Transform’ lives and our region.

You can read more about our exciting innovations, commitments, and priorities HERE.

We look forward to sharing more with you in the weeks to come and invite everyone to join us in September for a variety of volunteer events and activities to recognize Hunger Action Month – and more specifically, Hunger Action Day on September 17, 2021.

We know that Hunger Can Affect Anyone – but the good news is – Anyone Can Affect Hunger. For more information on how to volunteer, donate food or funds, host a live or virtual food drive, or just learn more about our work please visit https://stlfoodbank.org/