On Friday, February 22, 2019, we hosted our annual trivia event at Orlando’s in South County. The event was co-hosted by Crafted Events, who helped us organize the event, including decorating the room, emceeing, and developing the theme and trivia questions. Pajama wear was highly encouraged, and we also hosted a contest for the Best Onesie. Reverb, an A Capella group from Washington University performed live, and we also played some fun games, hosted a silent auction and raffles and took LOTS of photos. Please check out some of the fun we had that night in the photos below! Thank you to everyone who supported us by purchasing tickets, and to all of the volunteers who assisted!
Artists for a Cause, Sunday, January 20
This annual event, organized by Artists for a Cause, Inc. (AFAC) once again benefitted Food Outreach! Featuring some of the best dance talents in St. Louis, the price of admission was one bag of non-perishable food for our clients. We are so grateful to A4AC for choosing us as the beneficiary of this amazing collaboration!
The Diamond Shop, December 1st through December 24th!
The Diamond Shop held their annual canned food drive for Food Outreach throughout the December holiday. Located at 12 N. Central Ave. in Clayton, owners Thom and Mona Kohn and their staff generously collected canned goods for our clients as well as monetary donations totaling $ 1,250.00! Thank you to The Diamond Shop for their kindness and generosity for our clients and their support of our mission.
Church Basement Plate Special – Vegan & Vegetarian Fare Friday, December 7
We partnered with Sweet Art Bakery and Cafe on December 7 with 25% of sales donated to Food Outreach.
This bakery/café features an all vegetarian and vegan menu and pastry items. Sweet Art is a family-owned restaurant that makes it a point to support other small, locally-owned businesses in our community by locally sourcing many of their ingredients and equipment. They also don’t take shortcuts on the ingredients and pride themselves on creating high quality, healthy and fresh-tasting food. Click HERE to learn more about Sweet Art and to see their menu.
Toast Your Friends & Feed Your Neighbors, December 4
Craft Republic, Companion Kombucha, Heirloom Bottling Co., WellBeing Brewing, and SqWires organized an evening of tasting cocktails and craft beers with the proceeds from the evening benefitting Food Outreach. An admission fee of $10 or an equivalent donation in non-perishable food was collected. As a result, we received $132 in monetary gifts, hundreds of pantry items, 4 microwave ovens, a toaster oven and several can openers! We are extremely grateful for the kindness and generosity of these wonderful local companies who chose Food Outreach to support our clients living with hunger and HIV/AIDS or cancer.
Community Table Night at Hugo’s Pizzeria! Thursday, September 20
Hugo’s Pizzeria hosted a Community Table Night for Food Outreach where 25% of all sales between the hours of 5 and 8 pm were donated to Food Outreach. It was a great way to gather friends and family members to enjoy a wonderful meal right in our own neighborhood while supporting a great cause. Plus, September 20th was National Pepperoni Pizza Day (Hugo’s makes their own sausage from scratch while utilizing ingredients from local and sustainable farming), so what better way to celebrate the occasion than to enjoy a pizza with us! Click here to check out Hugo’s full array of menu items. Located immediately next to our center at 3135 Olive St., 63103.
Steins for Support – Tuesday, August 28
Steins for Support occurs every Tuesday evening at Urban Chestnut’s Midtown Brewery and Biergarten (3229 Washington Ave., 63103) where 10% of beverage sales are donated to a local charity. On Tuesday, August 28, Urban Chestnut hosted a Steins for Support evening for Food Outreach. We had such a fun evening enjoying some tasty beverages and food while helping our low-income clients living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Thank you, Urban Chestnut, for your community kindness and generosity!
Care-E-Yolk-E, August 5, 10:30 a.m.
Our third Sunday Funday Brunch with a 3-course meal and unlimited trips to the Tito’s Bloody Mary/Barefoot Mimosa bar was a great success! DJ extraordinaire, Jeff Barnes, spun the tunes, and special guests, Divas Karma T Cassidy and Jessica Leigh Foster were amazing hosts! Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this important fundraiser. We hope you enjoy the photos taken at the event (courtesy of Mary Sue Rosenthal Gee).
Hell on Heels, Saturday, June 16, 8:00 p.m.
The votes are in from the second annual Hell On Heels St Louis, and the new Miss and Mr. Hell on Heels have been chosen! Congratulations to Adria Andrews and teammate, Rick Knight! Their performance was super fun, creative and extremely well executed. Food Outreach staff members, Natalie Myers and Marcia Whelan were honored to have been judges of this coveted contest, and Food Outreach is most grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of the donations collected that evening. Thank you to Bar: PM and Rudis- Men’s Leather Society for hosting the event and for your continued generosity and support!
Hamburger Mary’s Bingo Night, 400 Washington Avenue, Tuesday, June 5, 2018
With only a $10 suggested donation to play bingo (and with all of the proceeds benefitting Food Outreach), our staff and guests had such a great time at Hamburger Mary’s! There was constant entertainment throughout the evening from performers, Desire’ Declyne and Nina DiAngelo, and the food was scrumptious!
We hope to return for another evening of great prizes, food and drink specials and more rounds of bingo, so please watch our website for a repeat engagement!
TAPPED in Maplewood, 7278 Manchester Rd. – CHARITY OF THE WEEK – May 15 – 20, 2018
Tapped offers a self-pour concept, which means there is no need to tip. They pay their employees a living wage so they do not depend on a tipping system. However, any tips offered at check-out are given to a local charity that changes weekly. Tapped chose Food Outreach to receive all tips between May 15 – 20. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and for choosing our organization as a recipient of their kindness.
For the past 12 years, St. Louis Bicycle Works has organized the annual Cranksgiving food drive and family-friendly bicycle ride to benefit Food Outreach. The 2017 ride brought in 8,415 collected items (assorted cans, boxed cereal, etc.). Plus, St. Louis Bicycle Works collected $787 in donations from their registrations site and $864 in cash was donated at the Food Outreach table! These donations will help support our nearly 2,000 clients for 3 to 4 months! Thank you to the BWorks staff, volunteers, and the hundreds of generous riders who make Cranksgiving such a fun event each year. We also wish to thank the other event partners…Schlafly Tap Room (who donated $422 from their food sales), the Alpine Shop (who was on hand to assist with bicycle repairs), Tiny Little Monster (who donated $500 to us from their t-shirt sales), and all of the participating grocery stores (Save-A-Lot, Fields Foods, Aldi, Lucky’s Market, and Shop ‘n Save). Many, many appreciations to each of the community partners and riders who support those in our community who are not only afflicted with HIV/AIDS or cancer but also struggling to find the food and nutrition they need.
We hosted our second Sunday Funday Brunch called “SCare-E-Yolk-E” on Sunday, November 29. Everyone was treated to a delicious meal with unlimited trips to the Bloody Mary/Mimosa/Bellini bar, and also had the chance to belt out some tunes courtesy of Karaoke guru, JEFF BARNES.
Additionally, special guest, KEVIN STEINCROSS from Fox 2 treated us with one of his favorite songs, STRANGE DONUTS graciously donated Fall themed donuts for the occasion, and Chris McCarthy’s glass art (PARK AVENUE GLASS) was available for sale with 15% of sales donated to Food Outreach. Additionally, several of our guests dressed up in their favorite costumes! Many appreciations to all who attended this very fun fundraiser to support our mission and the clients we serve.
On Sunday, August 20, we hosted our first ever “Care-E-Yolk-E” Brunch at our center and it was a huge success! Everyone was treated to a delicious meal, a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar, and the amazing talents of karaoke guru and award winning Elvis tribute artist, Jeff Barnes. We also hosted a raffle for an AppleiPadMini 2, thanks to a generous donation from our Board President, Lee Kling.
Additionally, due to the support of our guests, we were able to double our fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who attended and for your generous support of our mission. We are in the process of planning more karaoke brunches, so watch for updates on our website on our “Upcoming Events” tab.