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Thank you, #STL

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To all of the people that took our need this past Labor Day weekend and shared it, told their friends, and took action….

Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts.

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” -Matthew 14:16 NIV

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Where and how you can drop off food donations

A food barrel all filled up at the Compton & Olive BP

A food barrel all filled up at the Compton & Olive BP

We are thrilled with the response we have received from our friends in this community! I had an opportunity to be at our O’Fallon food pantry this morning and the number of grateful people I saw at the pantry for assistance alongside the donors stopping by with this priceless food was extremely moving.

But we have a great distance to go before we can ensure that all those who need food can get it. Here’s where you can go to drop off dry goods and canned items for O’Fallon and our other pantries in need:

  • The O’Fallon Corps Community Center: Accepting donations 8 a.m. -7 p.m. every day. If there are donations you would like to deliver after-hours, please contact the corps directly at 636-240-4969 and the staff will do their best to accommodate.
  • Any of our other food pantries in the region.  Call ahead to ensure that they will be open to accept your donation.
  • Mobil Gas Station 1051 Hampton Ave: This is located just south of I-64/40 on Hampton Avenue on the west side of the street. Collections at all gas stations listed will continue through Labor Day weekend.
  • BP Amoco Gas Station 1104 Hampton Ave: This is located just south of 1-64/40 on Hampton Avenue on the east side of the street.
  • BPAmoco Gas Station 3140 Olive Street: Located on the corner of Compton Avenue and Olive Street in Midtown.
  • Museum of Transportation: TODAY AND FRIDAY ONLY–bring in non-perishable food items, and receive one free admission per group/family to the museum. They are located at 3015 Barrett Station Rd. Hours are 9 a.m.  – 4 p.m.

 

Can’t drop off food but still want to help? Make a monetary donation to support our pantries.

We are hearing of more places and companies that are accepting food on our behalf, so if you or your business would like to be added to this list, please email me at dana_biermann@usc.salvationarmy.org and we would be delighted to add you here.

Acts 24:3 “In every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude.” Thank you, friends.

This is what going hungry looks like–and we need your help

This is big, and this is serious.

What if your home pantry looked like this... and there was nowhere else to go?

What if your home pantry looked like this… and there was nowhere else to go?

Our O’Fallon Corps Community Center in Missouri sent us this picture. They feed 935 families per month–that’s over 400% increase over the last two years. But in June, all was well: they got 20,000 Ibs of food donated. And for those families who had nowhere else to turn, that was a good thing.

This month, they got 3,900 Ibs of food and that’s it. Now O’Fallon, and many other Salvation Army corps community centers in the St. Louis region, are at risk of turning those families away.

Whether it is a donation of food or of dollars, this is a critical need that we need your help to fill. We need your help right now to feed your neighbors throughout the region. We’re sending out an SOS: please Stock Our Shelves!

MOST NEEDED ITEMS: dry goods (pasta, rice, cereal, etc), canned meat and protein items.

If you would like to help or have questions, please email dana_biermann@usc.salvationarmy.org.

NISC Comes to the Rescue

When it heard The Salvation Army’s O’Fallon food pantry was running low on select items, a local company banded together and collected more than one ton of food to feed local families.  IMG_6306

After touring the O’Fallon food pantry and temporary housing facilities, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), based in Lake St. Louis, challenged its employees this week to collect 1,000 pounds of dry goods, specifically rice, pasta and sauce, cereal, dried beans, canned meat, canned fruit, and peanut butter.

The results shattered all expectations. In one week, NISC collected 2,140 pounds of food.

According to Capt. Paul Ferguson of the O’Fallon Worship and Community Center, the food pantry currently serves more than 700 families for month. With the addition of NISC’s generosity, St. Charles County families will now have plenty of food for at least the next month.

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“It’s just absolutely wonderful,” said Capt. Paul Ferguson of the O’Fallon Worship and Community Center. “I can’t even begin to say how appreciative we are. When I met with the employees at the end of the food drive, you could see on their faces how excited they were to do this for us. They realized hunger isn’t too far away from any of us, and that there are probably people in their own neighborhoods who will benefit from this food.”

In the past two years, Capt. Ferguson said the pantry has seen an overwhelming surge in need, serving 40-50 families per month to now serving closer to 750 families per month.IMG_6305

Rocha said NISC hopes to hold another food drive later this year to benefit The Salvation Army and challenges other companies and businesses to follow suit. “It’s something easy that any company or business could do, and it’s something that will ensure the families in our community do not go hungry.”

If your organization or business is interested in hosting a food drive for any of The Salvation Army food pantries, please contact Janice Anderson at (314) 646-3194.

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Local family makes volunteering at “Cans” a holiday tradition

The Flood family takes a break from packing cans at the Des Peres Wehrenberg Theatre.

To the Flood family, volunteering at The Salvation Army and Wehrenberg Theatre’s annual “Cans Film Festival” is a family affair. “It’s a part of our holiday season,” said Jan Flood. “We do it every year and we always look forward to it. If they ever quit doing this event, we don’t know what we’d do the first week in December.”

Jan and her husband, Mike, along with their three children — Nicki, Courtney, and Dan — have volunteered with “Cans” for more than 10 years.

Mike, an area manager for UPS, introduced the family to the event when UPS first became involved.

“We convinced the kids to go when they were little just so they could watch Disney movies at the theater; at first they weren’t volunteers,” Jan said. “But as they got older, they wanted to get involved. And we haven’t looked back since.”

The Flood children are so dedicated to the event now, Nicki, now 19-years-old, took a train from Kansas City the night before the event just so she could volunteer.

“I usually don’t come home on the weekends, but I wouldn’t miss this,” she said. “It’s a family tradition now, and it’s something we all look forward to every year.”

Jan agreed.

“We’ve developed a camaraderie with the other volunteers and employees and have so much fun with it. The people here at Wehrenberg are always so nice and take great care of us,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine not being a part of this.”

Throughout the years, the Flood family said they have several fond memories made while volunteering at “Cans.”

“Before everything went digital, we got to take a tour of the projection room one year,” Jan said. “And one year while we were waiting for the UPS truck to arrive, some of the boys made a castle out of the boxes; that was pretty entertaining.”

Mike said he remembers making deliveries to The Salvation Army back in 1978 and seeing the need for events like “Cans.”

“There are so many people who are in need,” he said. “And from actually seeing the people in person who benefit from what we do here at Cans, it makes it even more enjoyable and worthwhile.”

The Flood family, as well as the hundreds of other volunteers who took part in the event Dec. 1, were able to collect and process 330,000 canned goods by5 p.m. when the event concluded.

Tackling Hunger in our Hometown – #CerealDrive

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

In an area that many think of as stable and event somewhat affluent, families are living in houses valued at 6 and 7 figures, with empty plates and barren cupboards. In a trend we hoped had been a fluke, the need we saw last summer at our O’Fallon, MO food pantry continues to grow. On distribution days at the food pantry, luxury cars and unlikely clients fill the parking lot and chairs waiting for their allotments of food.

“These people were once living on the edge and the economy has in fact pushed them over that edge,” says Captain Ferguson, “People who were once dedicated donors are now having to swallow their pride and ask for assistance.”

Once serving only 50 families per month from the O’Fallon Salvation Army, Captain Paul Ferguson and his team now serve nearly 600 families per month, working to help those families gain self-sufficiency so that they might be able to get on their feet once more.

“The greatest need we are seeing now is nutritious breakfast cereals. They can be costly to purchase for a pantry and for a family, but they pack a lot of nutrition into one meal. So many of these children are wholly dependent on the foods they receive in school for adequate nutrition, and on the weekends, summer and spring break they need something that will hold them over. We just can’t keep in on the shelves. It’s a real commodity, and one that we are lacking right now.”

Breakfast cereal donations are needed at the O’Fallon Salvation Army. Donations can be delivered to the community center located at 1William Booth Drive in O’Fallon.

Please help us in raising awareness of this need, and for the work of the O’Fallon community center by participating in #CerealDrive on Twitter.

Support BSA Food Drives in November

The Salvation Army has addressed unprecedented need in Missouri and Southern Illinois, both in response to natural disasters and the general economy.

The Greater St. Louis Boy Scouts of America will host their annual “Scouting for Food” event this month. On Saturday November 12, 1.4 million bags will be distributed to as to homes throughout the St. Louis area. On November 19, Scouts will pick up non-perishable donations and deliver them to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

The Salvation Army and many other local food pantries will benefit from the bounty that you give to this very worthy youth organization. The initiative has the very lofty goal of collecting more than 2 million cans for 500 pantries, and it cannot achieve that goal without your support.

Please visit http://www.stlbsa.org/programs/sff/Pages/Scouting-for-Food.aspx for additional information on this event and how you can help.

Alton daycare mobilizes families to support Salvation Army food pantry

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Content Specialist, Midland Division

Toddle Towne, a local Alton daycare and preschool center has been in Alton since 1988, and having watched the residents of Alton battle economic hardships and flooding over that time period, the center believes strongly in supporting local non-profits such as The Salvation Army.  Sharon Velloff, the Beginners Program Coordinator for Toddle Towne of Alton, coordinates Toddle Towne’s annual summer food drive, and has found success this year by motivating and mobilizing families to participate.

Traditionally the school has not seen a great deal of success in their summer food drives, collecting 7 to 10 cans in a given drive, but after seeing a story on a local NBC-affiliate about the great number of people The Salvation Army serves, and its increased need for non-perishable canned goods, Velloff felt more determined than ever to see their summer food drive make an impact.

“I pushed it and made a competition out of it,” says Velloff, who had each age level compete against each other, with the winning group to be awarded an ice cream party. “I found that the adults were just as competitive as the children,” she recalls

This year, the school was able to collect more than 350 canned goods to be given to The Salvation Army’s Alton corps. Ultimately, it was the preschoolers who brought in the most canned goods and non-perishable food items to the drive, but Velloff and her team were so impressed with the generosity of the families that this year, all of the children at Toddle Towne participated in the party.

The Salvation Army’s Alton Worship and Community Center serves more than 250 families monthly with groceries, utility assistance and more, in addition to providing homeless services and children’s programming.

 “There are so many people out of work right now, and [The Salvation Army is] there to help them big time.”

Weekend Food Drives in Metro Area to Benefit TSA Joplin Relief

St. Louis- Two food drives scheduled for late this week will benefit The Salvation Army’s Joplin relief effort.

On Friday, June 24, Express Scripts will host a food drive at 1 Express Drive, off Highway 70 & Florissant Road, near the University of Missouri – St. Louis campus.  Volunteers will be on hand accepting donations from 8-5 p.m.

First Student Bus Services of Washington, MO, will host a food drive to benefit The Salvation Army’s Joplin relief effort on June 25, from 8-5 p.m., in cooperation with the Washington Chamber of Commerce and The School District of Washington. The food drive will take place at the Washington High School lower parking lot.  

The Salvation Army has composed a list of supplies most needed in Joplin at this time:

  • Non-perishable canned vegetables, fruits and meats
  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • Infant formula
  • Jarred baby food and other infant snacks
  • Sports drinks
  • Personal hygiene items
  • First aid supplies
  • Batteries

Conway Trucking has generously donated the use of their trucks, drivers and supplies for both food drives, as part of their commitment to helping the city of Joplin recover.

 The Salvation Army has been at work in Joplin since May 22, when the tornado hit. As of June 11, The Salvation Army has served more than 100,702 total meals, snacks and beverages to local residents, all while also providing for the needs of local families through the Emergency Disaster Service “Store” located at 402 E. 7th Street in Joplin, where families are able to register and then come and take free food, personal items and clothing as needed.

DONATING TO JOPLIN EFFORT:

Immediate help can be given by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by going to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation

The Salvation Army, an international organization, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for 130 years in Missouri. Nearly 350,000 people throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services throughout the region. For more information, go to www.stl-salvationarmy.org.

 

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