In the current challenging and unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want all of you to know that Student Social Services 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 City Schools: Will serve meals free of charge to students under 18 from 8am to noon Monday through Friday, no student ID is required. Click HERE for distribution sites. 

Ferguson-Florissant School District: is providingmeal delivery to students starting on March 30. Buses will run routes delivering meals at locations district-wide. Check out the bus schedule and drop off points HERE

Riverview Gardens School District: Riverview Gardens School District will continue providing meal assistance to families during the closure. Meal distribution begins Tuesday, March 24, click HERE for more infromation and scheduling. 

East St. Louis School District 189:Student meals will be provided during school closure. In order to limit large groups of people gathering, meals will be delivered in a new method through bus stop pick up. Click HERE for more information

St. Louis County LibrarySt. Louis Country Library and Operation Food Search will provide drive-thru food pick-up for children from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at nine SLCL branches starting Monday, March 30. Participating branches will provide two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Meals will be available free of charge for children ages 18 and under. Meals will be distributed in the branch parking lots

Normandy Schools: Normandy will continue to provide grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for students. Meals will be dropped off with students/families at bus stops throughout the district begining at 10 am Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. The revised bus drop-off schedule will go into effect Wednesday, April 1. Meals will also be available at drive-through pickup locations at each school (except CASA) between the hours of 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., also on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click HERE for more information on bus schedules and updates. 

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

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 and application process has been temporarily changed. The Missouri Department of Social Services has suspended the need for interviews. Student Social Services has two case managers that are certified as SNAP specialists. Please see 2 options for applying below: 

  1. For students who have access to a printer/scanner, you can click on the following link to schedule a phone meeting to assist with completing and submitting your application
  2. For students who don’t have a printer/scanner at home, please click on the link below to submit your application and necessary documents online. If you need any assistance with filling out your application or have questions, contact the SNAP Specialist at communitysupport@umsl.edu