who we are

The St. Louis Area Foodbank is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 food distribution center for organizations that feed hungry people in 14 counties in eastern Missouri and 12 counties in southwestern Illinois.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank...
will feed hungry people by distributing food through its member agencies, and will educate the public about the nature of and the solutions to the problems of hunger.

We gather and distribute...
nearly 13.4 million pounds of food each year to 500+ food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and emergency feeding programs throughout 14 counties in eastern Missouri and 12 counties in southwestern IllinoisClick here to see where the food went in 2006.


Food Solicitation - donations from local and national food industry sources, including manufacturers, suppliers, food brokers and grocery stores.
Food Purchases - made by the St. Louis Area Foodbank through the generosity of private donations and grants.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - food distributed through The Emergency Food Assistance Program and Soup Kitchen Commodities from the federal government.
Food Drive - sponsored by individuals, companies and other organizations.
CSFP - The USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides women, children under six years of age and seniors citizens with nutritious food. In partnership with the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the Missouri Department of Health will serve nearly 5,000 people in St. Louis City and County and 1,500 in southern Missouri.
Transitional Housing - helping families move from shelters into permanent homes.

We help...
the elderly, single-parent families and the working poor. Children comprise the largest segment of the population in need of food. Hunger does not discriminate. It affects poor and homeless people in urban and rural areas.

We rely...
on the generosity of others. Each year, more than 5,000 volunteers spend more than 12,000 hours helping us sort and pack food...area food companies and grocery stores donate food...USDA and America's Second Harvest supply food...businesses, groups and individuals organize or contribute to successful food drives and provide financial support to the St. Louis Area Foodbank