Food Insecurity Archives - United Way of Greater St. Louis

Make the Right Call: 9-1-1 vs. 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, 24/7 source for anyone who needs help. Looking for a childcare provider? 2-1-1 can help with that. Want to make a food donation? Call 2-1-1. Need job training? Try 2-1-1. United Way 2-1-1 is your go-to resource for all non-emergency needs.

We all know 9-1-1 as the number to call when you have life-threatening or property-related emergencies. Call 2-1-1 for information and resources for everything else.Continue Reading

14 Steps to Waste Less Food

Each year in the United States, we throw away 30-40 percent of our food, wasting roughly $161 billion in the process. By taking tiny steps to make more conscious decisions as consumers, we can waste less. Every little bit helps the landfills, our resources, your wallet and our community’s overall well-being.Continue Reading

5 Ways Your Support Betters Our Region

Because of you, this year’s United Way campaign raised more for our community than ever before. Because of you, more people will find the help they need. Because of you, our community will continue to grow and thrive. Because of you, more people will live their best possible lives.

Here’s a glimpse at how your support positively impacts our community today, tomorrow and well into the future:Continue Reading

5 Surprising Truths About Our Region

Many families in our region have long struggled to meet basic food, clothing and housing needs. But with the economic downturn in 2008 and its lasting effects, more people have had difficulty providing for themselves and their families. Children are going to bed with empty stomachs. Parents are waking up without jobs. Seniors are deciding between paying for their medicine or paying their utility bills.

There are many staggering truths about our region by the numbers, here are five:Continue Reading

5 Keys to Living Your Best Possible Life

Helping people. It’s our mission. It’s our purpose. It’s what we do.

With your support, we provide food and shelter, foster learning, improve health, establish financial stability and strengthen communities for the entire St. Louis region, all to help people live their best possible lives.

Here are five ways you can live your best possible life:Continue Reading

5 Tough Choices People Who Can’t Afford Food Make

It should come as no surprise that hunger is a critical issue both in our community and nationwide. 434,080 (15.4 percent) people in the United Way of Greater St. Louis service area are food insecure. And, nationwide in 2013, more than 49 million Americans lived in households struggling against hunger, according to a USDA report.
Last year, Feeding America surveyed 60,000 clients on the nearly impossible food-related choices they are faced with every day. Continue Reading

Everlena’s Story

Everlena, a St. Louis native, grew up in a large family as one of 13. For 46 years, she worked as a chef for several St. Louis establishments. Through company campaigns, Everlena became a United Way giver for 14 years. But it wasn’t until several years later, she would learn firsthand the impact of her gifts.Continue Reading