Many years running now, Community Quick Cash has held a food drive near Christmas. We then match our customers generosity with grocery store gift cards.
This all becomes an annual food drive donation that frequently is received at the Circle of Concern in Valley Park. (Http://circleofconcern.org/) They do much more than serve as a Food Pantry, although that is their primary function.
“The food pantry is our core service. It is also the gateway to other Circle programs and services; in order to access other programs, families must first receive food from the food pantry.
Each month, Circle Of Concern serves approximately 2,000 people with groceries.
The quantity of food shared is determined by a client’s family size. We share a 7 to 10 day supply of grocery items, including milk, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery items, frozen meats and canned goods. Because items like soap and toilet paper cannot be purchased with food stamps, personal care items and paper products also are included with the groceries.
For families with school-age children who receive free or reduced-cost breakfast and/or lunch during the school year, we provide Kid Bags during the summer. These packs include additional child-friendly food to help bridge the grocery gap and ensure these children have enough to eat when school is not in session.”
“Our clients are families; working adults, children, seniors, disabled people, veterans, un- and underemployed, homeless individuals and families, and others who struggle with poverty and hunger.
There are two qualifications to receive services at Circle – income level and residency.
First, clients can have a household income (including wages, social security, government assistance and other resources) up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Second, our clients must live in west St. Louis County, in the geographic footprint of the three school districts serving this area – Parkway, Rockwood and Valley Park.
Each month, Circle feeds approximately 2,000 people. More than a third of those are children.”
Click the link above to see how you also can help with their mission of helping others. They can you your time, too, as well as financial support.