School Markets

As of 2016 in Missouri, 51.5 percent of children were enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. In Illinois, as of 2015, 54.1 percent of children were eligible for free and reduced lunch. This means that over 50 percent of students in Missouri and Illinois are living in households that are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. 185 percent of the federal poverty level would translate to a household that makes $47,638 or less to provide for a family of 4.

The mission of the School-Based Market Program is to help alleviate child hunger in America through the provision of food to children and their families at school. School based markets located on the grounds of a school building are intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families. Sites are located on school campuses, have set distribution schedules and offer ongoing food assistance services.

The program will primarily focus on serving schools where 75 percent or more of the children are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Schools that do not meet this criteria will still be able to receive product from the Foodbank by participating in our Buying Club, Mobile Market and Snack Pack Program.

For information, please contact:

Emma Patterson, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator
314-528-8617 |

School Markets funded in part by:


Little girl enjoying fruit from the school market


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