Transitional Housing Food Program
We make the transition from a shelter to a home easier by providing families with a month’s supply of food and household items.
When low-income St. Louis-area families move from temporary housing to a home of their own, we supply them with 250 to 300 pounds of food and household items to help them get a fresh start.
This allows these families to save their limited resources for other obligations that come with moving into a new home or apartment, such as security deposits, appliances or utilities.
Orders for these shipments are made by caseworkers at local shelters, treatment centers and other social service agencies that assist with housing needs of low-income and disabled citizens.
In early 2013, the Foodbank became involved in an initiative created by the City of St. Louis Homeless Services Division. It is known as the BEACH Project (The Beginning to the End: Abolishing Chronic Homelessness).
The goal of BEACH is to rapidly re-house (within 120 days of referral) every chronically-homeless person in the city of St. Louis. When the program began, there were 136 participants.
As the homeless individuals move into permanent housing, we work with their caseworkers to provide them with food and supplies.