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St. Louis Area Foodbank Launches School Food Markets Program
ST. LOUIS, MO, (PRNewswire), December 8, 2019 - Bayer Fund has awarded a $90,000 grant to the St. Louis Area Foodbank to support its new School Food Markets program, a pilot initiative aimed at helping students and families in the Cahokia, Ill. and Jennings, Mo. school districts combat hunger and food insecurity.

The School Food Markets program will be operated by the Foodbank and located within Fairview Elementary School and the Jennings Educational Training School in Jennings and at the Power of Change Family Multiplex in Cahokia. Through its various relationships within the food industry, the Foodbank will furnish each market with a selection of fresh foods and staple grocery items for students and their families at no cost.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Bayer Fund, along with the Jennings and Cahokia School Districts on this exciting initiative," said Meredith Knopp, St. Louis Area Foodbank President and CEO. "We believe that by giving students access to these School Food Markets, we can increase class attendance, decrease the number of trips to the school nurse's office and help contribute to healthier futures for every child in our community."

A recent study issued by the United States Department of Agriculture indicates that 11 percent of all U.S. households were food insecure in 2018; of that number, seven percent included families with children. Households identified as food insecure either lacked resources or found it difficult to provide enough nutritious and adequate food for all family members.


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"Hunger is a faceless reality and stigma for many students and their families," said Al Mitchell, Vice President of Corporate Engagement for Bayer. "Our support of the School Food Markets ensures families within the St. Louis region have access to a variety of healthy food items within a familiar environment."

For now, more than 1,900 students in the Cahokia and Jennings school districts will be served by the School Food Markets. Students receive snacks during the day and parents will be given a full bag of groceries to take home. Once the program expands to other schools in both districts, it's estimated that nearly 5,000 students and their families will be participants. Within the Cahokia School District, the School Food Markets are an extension of the Beyond the Bell program that was introduced earlier this year in January, which serves breakfast items to students when their school day begins.

"We are thrilled to open our school market. Our goal is to eliminate hunger as an obstacle to education success," said Tanya Mitchell, Superintendent of Cahokia, Ill. Unit School District 187. "Establishing this district hub, while also partnering with the Power of Change Ministry, will allow out staff to immediately assist our students and larger school community"

"When non-profits, school districts and business leaders join together to do good, anything is possible," said Art McCoy, Superintendent of Jennings, Mo. School District. "It's truly a pleasure to partner with outstanding organizations to support our students with sustenance and empower our families to have their basic needs met. When we move at the speed of need, children thrive, and we all succeed."


City of St. Louis Takes Legal Action Against T.E.H. Realty
ST. LOUIS, MO, (slfp.com), December 8, 2019 - The City of St. Louis has filed a petition in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court to enjoin a public nuisance against SM-T.E.H. Realty 3, LLC, the owner of the Southwest Crossing Apartments complex in south St. Louis.

For several years, SM-T.E.H. Realty 3, LLC has maintained and continues to maintain a nuisance property at this location, which poses a threat to the public safety and welfare of the residents of the City.

The City has cited SM-T.E.H. Realty 3, LLC for 68 property code violations, which remain unabated, and has condemned 14 units for failure to secure certificates of inspections as required by City code. SM-T.E.H. Realty 3, LLC has also failed to maintain a refuse provider as required by City code and failed to maintain a management company capable of managing a complex of this size.

For these reasons and more, the City is now asking the Court to intervene and order SM-T.E.H. Realty 3, LLC to take corrective action or order the property be sold. The City stands ready, willing and able to help facilitate any potential sale of the property to a responsible owner and will continue to cite SM-T.E.H. Realty 3, LLC for any additional violations in the interim.


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