St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page Announces $2.6 Million in Food Security Community Grants
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (May 13, 2020) – St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today that $2.6 million from the CARES Act grant was awarded to five community partners working to connect food with families struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.
“This pandemic has taken its toll on many of our families,” said County Executive Page. “In America, we should not have to worry about whether we will have enough food to get us through the week. But that’s a reality for families everywhere, including here in St. Louis County.”
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.
The agencies, the amount awarded and how the funds will be used are as follows:
Grant Amount: $1,312,320
Operation Food Search will offer free meals weekly at distribution sites at 10 public schools and 10 libraries within St. Louis County between June 1 and the start of school in late August.
Grant Amount: $655,750
The St. Louis Area Foodbank will distribute an additional 40,000 to 60,000 meals per week through mobile distribution events in St. Louis County. An additional 45,304 meals per week will be distributed through a network of 80 partner agencies and community programs.
Grant Amount: $500,000
The Urban League will conduct events to distribute food and household goods to needy families during 7 events at the Old Jamestown Mall in May through August. It will also distribute food and toiletries to seniors and the disabled community weekly through the end of December.
Grant Amount: $110,000
Link Market will set up four pop-up weekly grocery markets within St. Louis County that will offer access to healthy, affordable food in food deserts between May and December. The funding will also sponsor 400 vouchers of $25 each and a 50%-off discount for customers using SNAP.
Grant Amount: $27,032.50
Over 12 weeks, Potbangerz will serve over 1,650 well-balanced meals to unhoused families and will deliver two weeks’ worth of groceries and other essentials to approximately four families per week.