St. Louis County CARES Act funding food distribution

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – St. Louis County distributed a second round of CARES Act funding of $ 3.5 million to address food security issues – including a $ 1.9 million grant to Operation Food Search (OFS).

The other distributions went to HOSCO Shift Inc., the St. Louis County Chapter of the NAACP, and the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Operation Food Search and the St. Louis Area Foodbank also received funding in May, officials said along with the Metropolitan St. Louis Urban League, Link Market and Potbangerz.

With the latest distribution announced Nov. 18, St. Louis County has allocated $ 6.5 million to food security programs, government officials said.

“Food is a major basic need to be addressed during COVID-19, especially for low-income communities,” OFS Executive Director Kristen Wild said in a statement. “We offer an equitable approach to food distribution and this very generous funding from St. Louis County enables us to focus on meeting these growing needs.”

St. Louis County officials said its partner agencies report that up to 75% of people who seek help from a pantry do so for the first time.

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