A Letter from our Executive Director

Julie Lock

At Food Outreach, we know what we eat can make a big difference in our health. Research has shown us that good nutrition is foundational to good health and plays a critical role in reducing the risk of serious illness.

The White House is convening a session on food and nutrition insecurity in the fall. This is incredibly important; because, of the ten leading causes of death in this country, seven are directly related to diet. For many members in our community living with chronic illness and facing food hardship, these harsh realities remain a vicious cycle. 

Your generosity helps break that cycle. Because of you, we are able to provide nutrition supporting treatment and services, like medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling, for individuals diagnosed with HIV, cancer, and uncontrolled diabetes. We are immensely grateful for your support!

Our home delivery program is another example of our life-affirming services. Led by Luke Gallagher, our client services manager, our delivery van drivers, Noah Young and Cartez Bradley, knock on hundreds of doors in the greater St. Louis region every week to provide healthy, medically tailored meals to clients too sick or weak to shop or cook for themselves. At each stop, our drivers deliver each client’s individually prepared meals, fresh produce and shelf “stables” right to their doors. Cartez and Noah’s interactions with our clients often mean they might be the only person a client sees for the day. Our van drivers also advocate for our clients and provide wellness checks—essential during the summer and winter when St. Louis weather can be extreme. 

Our investors – our volunteers, donors and grantors – remain part of a supportive network which ensures we provide compassionate services to our clients. We rely on one another to provide our clients the highest quality of services, care, work and incredibly delicious and nutritious meals. Our volunteers and staff know that we share a devotion to our clients and Food Outreach’s critical mission which makes a difference every day in our St. Louis region. 

With the utmost gratitude,

Julie Lock

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