Mission: The mission of Feed My People, a Christian interdenominational help center in St. Louis County, Missouri is to show God's love and compassion to His people in need.
Feed My People, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is more than the largest food pantry in metropolitan St. Louis. In addition to dispensing emergency and long-term food supplies, we offer many other programs. Programs include: budget, legal and job counseling; assistance in completing federal Earned Income Tax Credit and state Circuit Breaker tax forms; energy assistance; weatherization materials; heaters, fans, smoke detectors, and blankets; personal hygiene products; Spring seeds program; Layettes for newborns: Adopt-A-Family and Giving Tree programs at Christmas; school supplies and new shoe certificates and new underwear for children. These other services are designed to assist our clients in their quest to get back on their feet.
All applicants for assistance must meet stringent eligibility requirements before continued assistance is tendered. We offer our clients a helping hand in their time of need- NOT a way of life.
Programs: Emergency and long-term food help. Provided food for 33,079 people during calendar 2014. Included in this amount are specialty programs carried on by the organziation includinging adopt-a-family food baskets for christmas, easter & thannksgiving (544 people served) and specialty meats services (comprised of turkey's, hams & venison) - 633 individuals served other miscelleous emergency assistance served 10,718
provided other essential living items to 34,841 people including: personal care items that cannot be purchased with food stamps to 24,011 people clothing for 7,558 people school supplies for 594 children eldercare items such as wheelchairs, walkers and other devices to 799 individuals. Light bulbs for 31 inidividuals otc drugs for 463 individiuals baby items for 3,5134
financial assistance provided for rent, utilities and transportation to 218 individuals during 2014.
other miscellanous help programs served 3,086 individuals during 2014. Miscellaneous help programs include: heaters, blankets and fans for 264 individuals garden seeds for 712 individuals household weatherization materials for 60 individuals job couseling,referrals advocacy and training 633 individuals served
I have volunteered in the food pantry at Feed My People for more than two years. I have seen the way Feed My People meets the needs of people in Jefferson County by providing healthy food on a regular basis, supporting those looking for jobs, and giving helpful advice as needed. I have also witnessed the support of local churches, schools and the business community who provide items necessary to meet the increased demands of people who are hungry and in need.
As a recently retired volunteer, it has been great learning about the work done by Feed My People. This organization has excellent links to the community which helps to provide the resources gathered for the "people" that are the heart of the mission for Feed My People. They are able to provide emergeny help every day, but continue to work with the families to help them achieve long-term stability. Many of the volunteers are in fact ex-clients, putting into practice what they learned at Feed My People, that we all need to care for each other and share what we have.
I have volunteered in the food pantry at Feed My People for a few years since I retired from teaching. The number of people needing food assistance has grown a great deal since I started. We used to finish at around 12:30 PM and now it is around 2:00 Pm although another day was added to the food distribution schedule.
It is so heartwarming to get in donations of food from people and organizations. You should hear the cheers from our Tuesday bunch of workers when we get cereal, or how greatful we are to get meat, eggs, milk or produce from the grocery stores.
I wish to thank those individuals, organizations, stores, and businesses who donate. I see the look in the peoples eyes and the smiles on their faces when I deliver a basket to them. I wish you could see it too, because it is your caring that has put the smile there.