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Fresh Food Kiosks Coming to Transit Centers
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 24, 2017 - Bi-State Development and Metro will launch the The Link Market Food Kiosk pilot program with a special ribbon-cutting event, at 10:30 am, on Thursday, September 28.

The fresh food kiosks will be located at the North Hanley and Wellston Transit Centers in North St. Louis County. The food kiosks will offer healthier food options to Metro transit riders and nearby residents who do not have convenient access to fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy food staples.

The Bi-State Development Research Institute, a non-profit enterprise of Bi-State Development, was awarded a $583,958 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to fund the 18-month The Link Market pilot program.


10th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 24, 2017 - People across the country will walk and run on the sidewalks, streets and trails on Saturday, September 30, to raise awareness and funds for those living in poverty at the 10th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, sponsored by the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently about 43.1 million people living in poverty. That is approximately 13.5 percent of the population.

"Back in 2008, we received the same email every other SVdP group did about initiating a Friends of the Poor Walk/Run," said Ruth Anne White, secretary of the Society's St. William Conference in Waukesha, Wis. White has been involved with the Friends of the Poor Walk since its inception. "The intent was to bring awareness of who we were at SVdP and why we were dedicated to our mission."

In 2008, the first year for the walk, participants raised $837,688. In 2016, more than 28,000 people participated in the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run at 240 locations and more than $3.1 million was raised to help those in need in local communities. That is a more than 270 percent increase in funds raised to help people in need since the walk began.

"The most we have raised in a single year is approximately $36,000. This is a significant increase from the $1,500 we were delighted with 10 years ago," said White. "The continued generosity of our supporters subsidizes our ability to be more generous with families who turn to us for help. The money raised from the walk helps us provide our neighbors in need with the basics like a roof over their heads, food on the table and the lights on. All our lives touch for a reason. We are truly grateful for this and we are finding every year 'new' Friends of the Poor."

Funds raised by the walk help Vincentians provide immediate aid such as rent and utility assistance and food as well as longer term help with mentoring and education programs.

All proceeds and donations from the event stay in the area where they are raised and go directly to benefit people living in poverty in the communities served by SVdP. There are no administrative fees for the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run. Anyone interested in learning more, participating or making a donation can visit www.fopwalk.org for more information.

One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (www.svdpusa.org) is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of about 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., membership in the United States totals nearly 100,000 in 4,400 communities.


4th Annual 5K Turkey Trot
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 10, 2017 - The 4th Annual 5K Turkey Trot, November 23, 2017,is a family friendly charitable fund raiser for the Harvey Kornblum Food Bank. The presenters along with Olivette are Ameren Missouri and Barnes Hospital West.

Olivette's event is a chip timed event that has more than tripled in participation. This family friendly 5k run/walk course starts and ends at Stacy Park, down scenic Old Bonhomme Road and then through a paved tree lined path.

Long sleeve Tech T-shirts, entertainment, refreshments and giveaways make the race a fun way to start your Thanksgiving Day! Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome, but are asked to start at the back of the pack!

Post-race beer provided by Urban Chestnut Brewery @urbanchestnut, #UrbanEfforts and 4Hands @4HandsBrewery.

Early Registration (closes on November 7): $20 adults (19 and over) $12 children. Late Registration: $25 adults and $15 children. Register up until 7:45am race day.

100% of the proceeds benefit the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry. Between 2014 and 2016 the Olivette Turkey Trot has donated more than $16,500 to the Pantry.

Visit OlivetteMo.com/511/Olivette-Turkey-Trot-2017 to register or for more information on the event.


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 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
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 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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