St. Louis County, MO (November 18, 2020) – St. Louis County CARES has distributed a second round of food security funding through the County CARES Humanitarian Relief Program.
The $3.5 million from the second round of CARES Act funds was awarded to four community partners working to connect food with families struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.
HOSCO Shift, Inc. and St. Louis County NAACP are new partners in the program. Operation Food Search and St. Louis Area Food Bank, both recipients in May, received a second round of funding.
St. Louis County’s efforts to address food insecurity were again guided by the already remarkable work being done by community and grassroots efforts. With the latest distribution, the County has committed $6.5 million to food security programs.
In addition to Operation Food Search and St. Louis Area Food Bank, the other organizations that received funding in May are the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Link Market, and Potbangerz.
“As we look toward Thanksgiving, a time where we celebrate family and plentiful food, we are aware that not everyone has this luxury, particularly now as the County fights the far-reaching impact of COVID- 19,” said County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “As promised from the start, federal CARES funds continue to be placed where they can do the most good for our most vulnerable residents”
The County’s partner agencies report that up to 75 percent of people seeking assistance from a food pantry are doing so for the first time.