OUR HISTORY

A LEGACY OF CARING SINCE 1988

1988

Founded by a group of caring people cooking meals in a church kitchen for seven of their friends living with HIV/AIDS.

1996

Opened a satellite grocery offering a variety of staple items to a client list that has grown well into the hundreds.

1997

Hired its first full-time dietitian.

1999

Consolidated its frozen prepared meal and grocery program to one 10,000 square foot facility in midtown St. Louis – complete with an industrial quality kitchen and grocery center – providing a convenient one-stop service center.

2000

Launched a congregate Monday Hot Lunch that is open to clients and a family member, caregiver or friend, to enjoy a 3-course meal served restaurant-style.

2002

Implemented a Van Delivery Program to provide healthy meals to clients too sick to visit us.

2003

Expanded its reach by partnering with two Illinois AIDS Service Organizations to provide groceries and home-made frozen meals.

2006

Following a pilot program with The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, expanded its mission to provide services to low-income cancer patients by a unanimous vote from the Board.

2007

Received a Victory Against Hunger Award, coordinated through the Congressional Hunger Center – one of only 22 agencies nationwide to receive the award.

2008

Began to purchase only food that is either trans fat free or has naturally occurring trans fats.

2009

Formed a strategic partnership with Schnucks Specialty Pharmacy, which has a pharmacist on-site every week to help clients maximize the effectiveness of their medications.

2010

Served an average of 1,400 meals per day for clients in need.

2011

Forged a partnership with Gateway Greening, an agency that promotes community sustainability through gardening. It allows Food Outreach to receive organic and fresh vegetables at a reasonable cost.

2013

Celebrated Food Outreach’s 25th Anniversary.

2015

Served an average of 45,000 meals each month.

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