Food scarcity is now a major crisis for families in the North St. Louis County area.

A large percentage of lower-income families in this area work in industries that have been heavily impacted by the current shutdown. With little to no income or savings to rely on, thousands of families are simply unable to buy food.

To address this, Beyond Housing is working with partners including the Community Impact Network, Operation Food Search, and the Normandy Schools Collaborative to distribute meals throughout the week to families in need within the Normandy schools footprint, as well as other food distribution efforts.

A recent event illustrates the dire situation that now exists in this part of the St. Louis region that has been disproportionately hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, March 30th, Beyond Housing held its first drive-thru food distribution scheduled for 11a.m.–1p.m. By 9a.m., a line of cars had already assembled. At 10:20, the line was so long that we decided to open the gates and begin the distribution.

In just a little over 45 minutes, all 450 meals were distributed to roughly 150 cars filled with individuals and families in need—with around 30-40 cars still in line. For those still remaining, flyers were distributed with referrals to other local food banks.

The event clearly demonstrates the severity of this issue and the overwhelming need for more resources to meet the basic needs of these families in the weeks ahead.

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