WE BELIEVE IN EQUITABLE FOOD ACCESS
We believe that every person deserves the nutritious food that helps to provide a full life for them and their families. This means meeting people where they are. The St. Louis Area Foodbank works with over 600 pantries, agencies, and organizations in 26 counties in Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois assisting those far beyond the greater St. Louis area.
In coordination with our partners, we offer more than 80 Mobile Markets and Food Fairs each month. These large scale distributions are staged at centralized locations in cities and counties throughout the bi-state area, regularly delivering as much as 25,000 lbs. of food to hundreds of families at each event.
In addition, our groundbreaking Food on the Move program brings a mobile grocery store to those who lack access to food stores or transportation. Neighbors are able to shop the shelves of our 28-foot trailer at no cost to them. Our 34 School Markets are housed inside Missouri and Illinois schools allowing families to conveniently pick up weekly supplies for their entire households.
And each month, more than 8,000 supplemental food boxes are packed in our Volunteer Center and distributed to seniors across the region. Besides food provisioning, the St. Louis Area Foodbank also offers help applying for assistance benefits programs like SNAP and Medicaid.
Through these efforts, the St. Louis Area Foodbank is working to bridge the gap between the needs of our communities and the resources available to assist them through any regular or emergency needs they may have.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.