Thousands turn out for food giveaway in St. Louis County
Hundreds had to be turned away as supplies dwindled
Florissant, MO – Volunteers, including union members and some local officials, pitched in to help with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis large scale food giveaway Saturday, May 2, helping to feed families in need as the coronavirus pandemic has left thousands of people unemployed and with less food on the table.
The large-scale food giveaway took place at the former Jamestown Mall site in Florissant on Saturday.
Volunteers stuffed nearly 2,800 boxes – with food, toiletries, gloves, sanitizers and energy efficient light bulbs.
Even with those impressive numbers, organizers said about 250 cars had to be turned away as supplies ran out. The Urban League is planning another drive on Saturday, May 9, from 12–3 p.m. at the old Sears building on Kingshighway.
Some 75,249 people have filed for unemployment insurance in St. Louis County; 39,603 have filed in St. Louis City. Statewide, more than 500,000 people have filed unemployment claims in Missouri.