Food assistance

In the current challenging and unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want all of you to know that Student Advocacy & Care is here for you! We understand that you may be at-risk of or are currently experiencing food insecurity now more than ever. We acknowledge that it may be more difficult for you to afford or access nutritious foods needed to consume healthy, balanced meals and protect you and your family’s health and wellbeing. Our office is here to support you in any way that we can.

We have put together a list of potential food resources in the community. *Keep in mind this list is not comprehensive* We will try and update it regularly as new information comes in at the federal, state, and community level.

Food Resources for Families with Children 

Most school districts in Missouri and Illinois are offering some sort of food resource for children. If your children do not go to school in one of the below listed districts, please call your local school district to find out about food pick-up sites, dates, and times.

Saint Louis Public Schools: SLPS sites are providing free kits (include meals for seven days) on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon for students/families. No student ID is required. Distributions at each site will occur outside or in the gymnasium. Click HERE for distribution sites.

Ferguson-Florissant School District: Grab and Go Meal Program will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays every week. Summer meal distribution involves using buses to distribute meals at stops along school bus routes. This meal service will be provided until August 7, and there will be a two-week break of service from June 22 to July 3. Check out the meal distribution stop locations HERE.

East St. Louis School District 189: Grab and Go meals will be served Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at all nine schools and participating centers in the community. Brief mobile stops are also available. Click HEREfor more information.

St. Louis County Library: St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search will provide drive-thru food pick-ups for children on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at ten SLCL branches. Two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches will be available free of charge for those 18-years old and under; boxes of fresh produce are also available. Meals will be distributed in the branch parking lots.

Normandy Schools: Grab & Go meals will continue for the summer and be distributed on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for students/families in the Normandy Schools Collaborative footprint. Click HERE for more information on participating locations.

The St. Louis Area Food Bank food resources for individuals and families

Oasis Food Pantry - The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry serves the needs of Saint Charles County residents. They offer a variety of fresh, frozen and canned foodstuffs, as well as basic hygiene items to qualified recipients. They are a drive-thru service only food pantry as of now.

Vivent Health - Their food pantry is now providing one-month supplies of pre-boxed food. Their office are closed, so please contact their location for information about home delivery or on-site pick up. Their number is (314) 645-6451.

Please visit our Find Food map to locate food resources near you. You can also contact us at 314-292-6262 for more information. *During this outbreak, pantry hours of operation are subject to change. We encourage you to contact the pantry directly before driving to their facility.

If you or someone you know has a vehicle, you can visit one of their Emergency Mobile Food Distributions. Dates, times, and locations can be found on their events calendar. These events are set up to be drive-through food distributions. Volunteers and staff will put food in your car. They ask that you have space in your vehicle for the food items and that you not leave your vehicle during the distribution.

If you are currently living on-campus, please visit the Triton Pantry page for information on temporary emergency options for food

Applying for SNAP benefits (formerly the Food Stamp program)

During this time, the normal eligibility requirements and application process have been temporarily changed. Here are some things that we know and can be expected:

  • Interviews have resumed for Missouri. An interview with an MDSS caseworker is required to determine if you’re eligible for SNAP benefits.
  • Missouri was approved for Maximum Household Benefits through August. This means that SNAP recipients will automatically get their maximum food stamp benefits preloaded onto their EBT cards.
  • The Missouri ABAWD (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents) work requirements waiver has been extended to September 1. This means that there will be no work requirements until that time.

To apply for SNAP benefits, please refer to the following options:

  1. For students who have access to a printer/scanner, click here to schedule a phone meeting with the SNAP specialist for assistance in completing and submitting your application and related materials.
  2. For students who don’t have a printer/scanner at home, click hereto submit your application and supporting documents online. If you need any assistance in filling out your application or have any questions, contact the SNAP specialist atcommunitysupport@umsl.edu.