Community Carry Out Fund Supports Local Restaurants to Help Those Struggling with Food Insecurity During COVID-19

The St. Louis Community Foundation is excited to announce and host the Community Carry Out Fund, a charitable fundraising effort in St. Louis aimed to help local restaurants and caterers struggling during the pandemic with a focus on feeding and supporting those who are suffering from food insecurities in our community. As part of the Foundation’s ongoing work of supporting COVID-19 relief, this important initiative will serve a role of helping those in our community who need it most.

Eligible restaurants and/or caterers will receive grants in exchange for the preparation of healthy and delicious meals, to be delivered to participating nonprofits and then distributed to neighbors in need.

Community Carry Out Fund Details

  • Grants in the amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to locally owned and independently operated restaurants and caterers in St. Louis.
  • Approximately 250 – 500 meals will be prepared by recipients and delivered to participating Food Assistance Agencies.
  • An Advisory Board has been formed to administrate the program and review applications. The St. Louis Community Foundation will consider recommendations from the Committee and will determine which businesses will receive funding.
  • To apply contact Nikki Martinez

To date, the fund has raised approximately $187,000, including a generous gift from Ameren as part of their larger efforts to support small businesses and prevent evictions in our community. The fund is currently still actively seeking donations. Donations may be made online through the St Louis Community Foundation website: Please be sure to click Community Carry Out on the drop-down menu.

Checks may also be sent to the St Louis Community Foundation (‘Community Carry Out’ in the memo), 2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton, MO  63105

For more information email or call Liz Kniep Engelsmann at 314-922-4856.

Follow Community Carry Out on Facebook for updates on participating restaurants and organizations here.