Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder Press Releases

March 2, 2012

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder tours St. Louis Area Foodbank

Praises charity’s top-rated stewardship


ST. LOUIS – Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today toured the 92,000-square-foot distribution center for the St. Louis Area Foodbank, where he met with workers and volunteers whose efforts ensure an estimated 57,000 people each week receive food assistance.

"Within the 26 Missouri and Illinois counties served by the St. Louis Area Foodbank, nearly one in four children – more than 170,000 – are struggling with food insecurity," Lt. Governor Kinder said. "Obviously, the needs are great, but the St. Louis Area Foodbank – through its many generous donors and partners – truly is making a difference in the region."

Lt. Governor Kinder toured the food bank’s facility at Corporate Woods Drive, where he met with staff and volunteers. The St. Louis Area Foodbank last year distributed more than 25 million pounds of food received from food companies and grocery stores, the USDA, Feed America and community food drives organized by area businesses, groups and individuals.

"The St. Louis Area Foodbank is an excellent example of putting the power of compassion to work for those in need," Kinder said. "They are great stewards of the resources they receive, and 97 cents of every dollar donated gets to hungry people in the bi-state region. They continually look for ways to increase efficiencies, making sure food is reaching the people who need it most."

Kinder pointed out the organization received a top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading, independent charity evaluator.

The St. Louis Area Foodbank began in 1975. Today, the organization has grown to become the bi-state region’s largest non-profit 501 ( c )(3) food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. For more information, visit www.stlfoodbank.org.