St. Louis Area Foodbank Teams up with The Blues
On Monday, November 27, the St. Louis Area Foodbank hosts the organization's inaugural Blues & Bites event, presented by Emerson, in their warehouse in Bridgeton, Mo. The Foodbank is teaming up with the St. Louis Blues to raise awareness and dollars in the fight against hunger for the thousands who struggle every day to provide a healthy meals for their families.
Guests will enjoy delicious food from several of St. Louis’s best eateries while mingling with current and former Blues players, the Blues Crew, and the Blues mascot - Louie!
The “Blues & Bites” game room features air hockey, ping pong, and bubble hockey. Plus, guests can snap a photo in the photo booth, purchase mystery pucks, bid on silent auction items, and more. The admission price of $175 includes unlimited tastings from local restaurants, an open bar, entertainment by The Charles Glenn Group, and the chance to score autographs from current players and alumni! Bundles of ten tickets are discounted to $1,500.
Players committed to attending (subject to change) include Jaden Schwartz, Dmitrij Jaskin, and Oskar Sundqvist. For more information about Blues & Bites and to purchase tickets, please visit: STLFoodbank.org.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank is featured in Sophisticated Giving
Who We Are: Founded in 1975, the St. Louis Area Foodbank is the region’s largest provider of food and personal care items to those facing hunger. We are the only local food bank with United Way of Greater St. Louis and Feeding America memberships and are held to the highest level of fiscal accountability. In fact, 97 percent of our resources are expended on food distribution efforts.
What We Do: The St. Louis Area Foodbank’s mission is to feed hungry people by distributing food throughout the bi-state region and engage our community in the fight against hunger. We feed 392,000 people annually through a network of 500 community-based hunger relief organizations located in 26 counties throughout eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Last year alone, the organization distributed more than 42 million pounds of food and personal care items.
Why We Are Important: No one can thrive on an empty stomach. Food is where it all starts. For the one in six people in our region facing hunger, meeting this most basic need makes so much more possible– from steady employment to healthy lifestyles and even civic engagement. By providing food to those in need, we help our most vulnerable neighbors avoid the difficult choice between food and other basic necessities such as housing, utilities, medicine and transportation. Food banks are also important because many of the partner agencies that we serve are run entirely by volunteers or employ very few paid staff. They may be conducting food and funds drives on their own, but the results are often not enough to meet the demand in their communities. By leveraging relationships with manufacturers, farmers, and retail stores, food banks are able to fill in the gaps and provide agencies with better access to more nutritionally-diverse foods including produce, dairy and much-needed proteins.
How We Impact The Community: We know that families facing hunger often face other diet-related health concerns like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. As a result, the Foodbank works hard to ensure that 70 percent of everything going out of our doors is a “Food to Encourage.” Foods to Encourage fall under specific food groups that contribute to healthier lifestyles and align with USDA MyPlate guidelines. Specifically, we operate USDA programs that benefit seniors and school-age children, and we also work with families moving from shelters to more permanent housing. The Foodbank also guides families through the process of applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which provides benefits commonly known as food stamps. These benefits provide a crucial resource to low-income individuals struggling with food insecurity.
How You Can help: Volunteers work with us year-round to sort and pack food for distribution in our volunteer center. We engage 16,000 volunteers a year– of all ages and abilities– in the fight against hunger. Weekend and evening hours are available. Ultimately, eliminating hunger is beyond the capacity of any single entity and requires collaboration between the public, our government partners and other charities. With that in mind, we invite groups of various sizes and ages to visit the Foodbank’s Hunger Engagement Center where we host educational events designed to raise awareness around hunger and the work being done to address it. Monetary donations are also a great help. Secure online donations can be made on our website while tax-deductible gifts may be made by cash or check. Other ways to contribute include monthly giving, federated campaigns, and corporate/foundation gifts. You can leave a legacy of feeding the hungry by designating the Foodbank as a beneficiary in bequests, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, and life insurance. For more information on how you can help fight hunger locally, please click on “Get Involved” at STLFoodbank.org.
St. Louis Area Foodbank
70 Corporate Woods Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044