Cancelation of this year’s Scouting for Food drive left a hole; Labor is working to fill it
Organized Labor is stepping up to meet the need after the Scouting For Food drive was forced to cancel this year’s door-to-door collection due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Scouting for Food drive annually results in some two million items of food collected for the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the equivalent of some 800,000 meals. Without those collections, thousands of families in crisis due to job loss or furloughs caused by the pandemic are at risk of going hungry.
The Greater St. Louis Labor Council and its member unions are responding to the need with a two-day drive-up food drive Dec. 11-12 at area union halls, and is asking union members and their families who are fortunate enough to be working to help feed our union brothers, sisters and neighbors in need.
Collections will take place:
- Friday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Drop-off locations will be located throughout the greater St. Louis area, as follows:
St. Louis Labor Council
3301 Hollenberg Dr.
Bridgeton, MO 63044
IBEW Local 1
5850 Elizabeth Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Laborers Local 110
4532 S Lindbergh
St. Louis, MO 63127
St. Louis, MO 63146
Tri-County Labor Club
#10 Droste Square
(Behind bowling alley)
St Charles, MO 63301
Drop-off sites will be clearly marked at each location. Labor and the United Way are working with the Greater St. Louis Area Boy Scout Council to coordinate distribution of the donations to area food banks, as the Scouts have done in the past.
The Boy Scouts also are encouraging individuals to consider making monetary donations to the St. Louis Area Foodbank by texting SCOUTFOOD to 91999. A $1 donation pays for four meals.
BECAUSE WE CARE
“We know that many of our union families will, many for the first time, be going to local food banks for help. We ask that all working union members do their part to help those who are, or will be, in desperate need because of the circumstances,” said a joint statement by Pat White, Labor Council president, and John Stiffler, executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Building Trades Council.
“We share because we care,” they stressed. “We’re helping both our union brothers and sisters who unfortunately have been impacted as well as the general community. Hunger doesn’t know a union affiliation.”