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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.

Pictures of Garbage

The Garbage Bag Gala was great success, and we raised almost $13,000 for our hunger and homeless services! So may we now present to you… Pictures of Garbage (fabulously designed, of course)!


Aaron Perlut gets into character in June Grieg's design

Aaron Perlut gets into character in June Grieg’s design


Erin Willmann and Bryanna Hampton model their garbage bag designs with a new Fiat from our sponsor, Lou Fusz

Erin Willmann and Bryanna Hampton model their garbage bag designs with a new Fiat from our sponsor, Lou Fusz

This lovely model sports Project Runway Season 8 star AJ Thouvenot's Garbage creation
This lovely model sports Project Runway Season 8 star AJ Thouvenot’s Garbage creation


For all other pictures, check out our Flickr page.



Cardinals Nation: It’s go time

This post is by Dana Biermann, employee of The Salvation Army Midland Division in St. Louis and a lover of the Redbirds.

Won a World Series two years ago... unlike some other teams we know.

Won a World Series two years ago… unlike some other teams we know.

Wouldn’t it be embarrassing if we got swept by the Cubs this late in the season?

Answer: Like, really embarrassing.

Because we have the highest win percentage in baseball right now. We have Yadi, Carpenter, Waino. Not to mention the greatest (and most supportive) fans in major league baseball.

So what if someone from Chicago were to throw out the first pitch at OUR GAME. What if a CUBS FAN got to showboat to the mound in front of 47,000 Cardinals devotees like he owned the place??

That is in danger of happening.

On August 10, it is The Salvation Army’s Night at the Ballpark, and The Salvation Army of Chicago is battling us head on for the rights to throw out the first pitch. And who gets that throw is determined by YOU–us, or them.

If you’re a Cubs fan (boo!) you text MYCUBS to 80888 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army in Chicago.

But if you’re a CARDINALS FAN (cue musical flourish) text MYCARDS to 80888 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army that will stay right here in St. Louis. The most money raised will determine who throws out the first pitch.

And since we’re at the height of hunger in our city and with our food pantries going bare, your text will give local, struggling families the support they need to survive, AND save our city from embarrassment. It’s a win-win, folks.

Texting starts NOW and we have until August 8th to show Chicago who’s boss.

Our thumbs are ready for a workout. Are yours?

Paying for garbage? Absolutely! (Especially if it benefits homeless services)



Want a way to start your August off with a bang? Well The Salvation Army knows exactly how to do that with our upcoming Garbage Bag Gala on August 2. The Garbage Bag Gala is a fashion show that benefits The Salvation Army’s homeless services and emergency social services.  The evening’s highlights include models in creations made of garbage bags and duct tape and an after-party on the roof of the Moonrise Hotel. We already have the models, the designs, and yes, the garbage bags. But we’re missing just one ingredient to make this night perfect and that’s you!

Tickets are discounted right now and the tickets range from $25 for admission to the show to $50 for admission to the show and after-party access. Just ONE day left to get these half-off prices to the Garbage Bag Gala.

Grab your tickets now while prices are still discounted until July 19at midnight. Hope to see you at the Moonrise Hotel on August 2 from 7-11 p.m.

Taking a Challenge: Spending less than $2 daily for food

Starting today and for five
consecutive days, I have taken a personal oath to live at an extreme poverty level by living on less than $2 a day for food– this is on my own accord. The rationale: to get a closer glimpse into the lives of those in our community who live at a poverty level. What I am asking from you is to pray for me during this journey and for those in our community facing poverty.

A key impetus for my undertaking is the report released this week called “Perceptions of Poverty: The Salvation Army’s Report to America,” For this upcoming five-day stretch, I’ll still be in fund-raising mode of course and I will journal my experiences. Please know there are other wonderful causes that have similar ongoing awareness projects- I am doing this in light of the Salvation Army’s report on perceptions of poverty. Here is part of the report (quoted verbatim in italics):

Surveying just over 1,000 individuals, the results revealed that while the public is sympathetic to the poverty crisis, it at times misunderstands the reasons why so many live in poverty.

These study’s findings are boggling:

The report found that 38% of Americans reported they have received assistance of some sort from charity. And while an overwhelming majority of Americans believe people living in poverty deserve a helping hand, another 27% believes that laziness is a root cause of poverty and 59% believe that “poverty is a trap some Americans can’t escape no matter how hard they try.”

In addition to these misconceptions about poverty, many Americans are unsure of what they can do to help others and demonstrate a lack of confidence that their help or any other type of aid will actually make a difference in someone’s life.

Again please pray for me next week, for our fellow citizens who are in need and for donors that can make a difference with thoughtful donations or volunteerism to The Salvation Army.

God bless you,

Tom Kovach
Major Gifts Director
The Salvation Army Midland Division
Direct Dial:  314-646-3019

Advocate for the Hungry in Tomorrow’s Online Tweet Up – #CEREALDRIVE!

Join us on Friday March 23 from 7 to 8 am for an online-only Tweet Up and advocate for the hungry. This tweet up will be a great opportunity to network with others over your cheerios and in your pajamas, while raising awareness for food insecurity in the St. Louis region.

This tweet-up is being held in support of The Salvation Army’s O’Fallon food pantry, which has seen more than a tenfold increase in need this year, and which is in critical need of nutritious breakfast cereals.

Follow us on Twitter @SalArmySTL and join in the conversation using #CEREALDRIVE!

For more information on the need, click here.

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.

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