Shelters & Food Pantries

BEYOND HOUSING/NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES -- 4156 Manchester Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110. - This group helps provide housing for working families in St. Louis who are looking for affordable housing to rent. Our own local version of Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are needed to help with construction, landscaping, painting, and cleaning properties to be rented; to adopt families during the holidays; to make repairs in BH homes; to serve as after school tutors; to help collect and distribute school supplies and books to children in the fall; and to help with their summer camp. Call: 314.533.0600

CAMPUS KITCHENS. St. Louis University: and at Wash U This national organization helps combat hunger by collecting food from area markets and then creating and delivering meals to homebound seniors, after school programs, emergency shelters, and more. Help preparing and delivering food is especially needed in the summer when college students leave for vacation.

CIRCLE OF CONCERN 112 St. Louis Ave. Valley Park, MO63088. This agency serves the outermost parts of St. Louis County by offering food, utility assistance, school supplies, scholarships, and spiritual support to hundreds of families in that area. 636.861.2623

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY, INC. 2709 Woodson Rd. Overland, 63114. “Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc. (d/b/a CAASTLC) is part of a national network of federally funded Community Action Agencies (CAA’s), created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. CAA’s administer various programs on community levels to assist low-income people out of poverty conditions. Our focus remains: to end poverty and help families who are caught in poverty. Services are provided to 22,000 low-income people in St. Louis County annually.” 314.863.0015

GUARDIAN ANGEL SETTLEMENT ASSOCIATION -- This United Way agency serves the urban poor in downtown St. Louis. Three locations. Provides day care and a summer day camp program. The day camp is from mid-June to mid-August. Volunteers might also work in the thrift shop or food pantry. Call: 314.231.3188.

FOOD OUTREACH -- 3117 Olive. A food and nutrition program for persons with HIV/AIDS. Helpers needed for "grunt work": food stacking, inventory, packing and delivery. Call: 314.652.3663.

GATEWAY HOMELESS SERVICES 314-231-1515 Gateway Homeless Services is the largest 24-hour emergency shelter for single women and families in the state of Missouri. The shelter provides 110 beds and three home-cooked meals a day to residents.

Volunteers are needed to help with the care of our facility, provide supervision, deliver child and adult programming, strengthen events, and empower residents through friendship, partnership, and encouragement.

GRACE HILL NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES -- 7925 Minnesota (south side) and 2708 N. 22nd Street (north side). A United Way agency which uses teenage volunteers in its two day care centers. Call the volunteer manager: 314.539.9522

HAVEN OF GRACE -- Benton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63106. This is a small emergency shelter for homeless pregnant women and their children. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including tutoring, gardening, teaching music or art, help out in the office, organizing donated items, etc. Call: 314.621.6507.

HOSEA HOUSE-- 2635 Gravois, St. Louis. A community center serving the needy. Volunteers sort and pack food and clothing. Rural-Urban Linkage Project (LINK). This project, a joint venture of Hosea House and Lutheran Family Services of St. Louis, works like this: Hosea House contracts with two Missouri farms -- a couple in the town of Bourbon who grow organic crops, and a poor, elderly farmer in the "Bootheel" area -- to provide produce for distribution in the food pantry. Call(314) 773-9027

ST. MARTHA’S HALL -- P.O. BOX 16911, Clayton, MO 63105. This is a shelter for abused women and their children. Call: 314.423.1117

KIDSMART – TOOLS FOR LEARNING -- 12175 Brighton Square Dr. Bridgeton. 63044. This organization helps thousands of St. Louis children be prepared for school by operating a school supply store where teachers can shop for free. 314.291.6211

LYDIA'S HOUSE -- Provides shelter, education and other support services for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Volunteers needed to watch the children while their mothers take classes, etc. The locations are undisclosed to protect the residents. Male and female volunteers are welcome. Call about volunteer opportunities: 314.771.4411

OPERATION FOOD SEARCH/HUNGER HOTLINE-- 6282 Olive Blvd. Sorting and moving boxes of food, preparing for distribution to food pantries. This agency distributes food to more than 200 agencies each month and helps feed more than 9000 people monthly. Call: 314.726.5355.

OUR LADY'S INN -- 4223 S. Compton, St. Louis, MO 63111. Provides "a safe haven for homeless women and children who need a new beginning." Childcare is needed. Volunteers can help in other ways, as well, office work, collections, housekeeping. Call: 314.351.4590.

OUR LITTLE HAVEN -- P.O. Box 23010, St. Louis, MO This agency provides residential treatment for abused, drug-exposed, or HIV positive children whose parents are unable to take care of them.
Call: 314.533.2229.

ST. LOUIS FOOD BANK -- 5959 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63120 (Distribution Center address). http://www.stlfoodbank.orgThis organization has as its mission to "feed hungry people by distributing food through its member agencies, and will educate the public about the nature of and the solutions to the problems of hunger." It obtains food donations from restaurants, grocery stores, families, food drives, and the federal government. Call: 314/383-3335

ST. MARTHA'S HALL -- This is an emergency shelter for abused women and their children. P.O. Box 4950, St. Louis, MO 63108. Call: 314.533.1313

ST. PATRICK'S CENTER -- 800 N. Tucker St., Downtown. A large social services agency serving the very poor and homeless. Call: 314.802.1976

YOUTH IN NEED -- 516 Jefferson, St. Charles, MO 63301. This organization seeks peer partners for other young people who live at the shelter temporarily. Volunteers help out with homework, accompany clients on field trips, and offer basic friendship. Call: 636.946.010.