TEAM Food Pantry is a 501c3 non-profit charity located in Florissant, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. Last year at this time, we were serving an average of 36 families a day. Recently, we've been averaging 45, and on Thursday 8/21 we helped 63 families struggling with food insecurity.
We are a neighboring community with Ferguson, MO. It is widely known that the schoolyear was postponed in Ferguson, but that was also the case in Florissant (we are the two halves of the Ferguson-Florissant School District). TEAM is helping local families who have missed work due to the district closure, who have missed work to care for children out of school, who have had the extra expense of unexpected childcare and who were counting on two meals a day for their children in school.
The ripple effect of this financial hit will be felt by families for weeks and months to come. Missed income and additional expenses can lead to difficulty paying monthly utilities, choices between food and medications, etc. Not many of us can go without a week of pay without struggling, and TEAM is here to help those facing food insecurity.
We are dedicated, but we are also in danger of having to dramatically reduce services within the next four weeks because this steadily growing increase in demand is happening at the same time donations are down.
Right now, we are buying food to stock the shelves, but we cannot continue without additional financial help. At this rate, we will deplete the funds that we have by September, so we are asking for your help.
In the last ten days of July alone, $6,450 was spent to make sure we could help those in need when they came for help. To be honest, we need more than the $15,000 goal, but meeting that amount would help tremendously in the immediate. Shortly we will need to purchase a new (to us) truck and other costs are looming, but the priority right now is keeping food on the shelves.
Please take a moment and make a donation to this wonderful organization. And remember, do not think that your donation is too little. Every dollar raised will be turned into food, which means that you have the power to eradicate hunger for someone. That's incredible when you think about it!
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Thank you so much for reading, and thank you in advance to everyone supporting TEAM! And, for more information about our organization, please visit TEAMFoodPantry.com.
- Linda Johnson
- Joshua Johnston
- Deborah Riney
- Liz Smith