Support Farmers, Food System Workers, and Families During COVID-19
We at MCE believe that access to local, sustainable food is essential during these uncertain times.
Supporting our local food system helps farmers financially while feeding your family safe, reliable, environmentally-responsible food. You can help build a more resilient food system by participating in it, one bunch of kale at a time.
Of course, please take proper precautions to keep safe, and follow the CDC’s instructions about social distancing to the best of your abilities, especially if you are part of a high risk group.
Local Food Resources Across the State During COVID-19
St. Louis Resources:
Click here to see what St. Louis area farmers offer online ordering, deliveries, and pickups, and where to get local, Known & Grown farmers’ products during the pandemic. This resource also includes information about CSAs, farmers markets, and restaurants that source locally who are offering curbside services and delivery services. It is updated regularly to stay as accurate as possible.
You can also support our network of farmers in Known & Grown STL through the GoFundMe page, organized by Slow Food St. Louis.
Kansas City Resources: Visit KC Food Circle to find several farms with CSAs as well as restaurants that source locally.
Cape Girardeau Resources: Spanish Street Farmacy has local food boxes and is a farm to table restaurant.
Statewide: Check out MU Extension’s new MO Food Finder, https://mofoodfinder.org/, where farmers can submit their information to be listed on the statewide map.
Additionally, check out our new statewide local food resources map for main organization contacts in the local food movement throughout the state!
Resources for Families and Communities
Give or provide other aid to those in need in St. Louis through Solidarity Economy’s Mutual Aid webpage.
KC Healthy Kids has a webpage with multiple COVID-19 resources.
Do you know of other resources we should include here? If so, please email them to Melissa Vatterott at [email protected]
Support Good Food Policy With MCE
Tell Your Senators to Co-Sponsor these bills:
Food Assistance for Kids and Families During COVID-19 Act of 2020 ( S. 3563)
New Markets for State Inspection Meat and Poultry Act (S.2814)
Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act (S.3602)
Farmers Feeding Families – Coronavirus Response Act (S.3655)
Food Supply Chain Support (S.3840)
Please call Senator Blunt and Senator Hawley and ask them to co-sponsor.
Senator Blunt: (202) 224-5721 Senator Hawley: (202) 224-6154
Here is a sample script:
Hi my name is _____ and I am a constituent from ____, Missouri. I am calling to urge Sen. ____ to co-sponsor S.3655, the Farmers Feeding Families Coronavirus Response Act. We need Congress to designate funds for states to coordinate purchases of food from small and medium-scale growers who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 and distribute their healthy farm products to food banks and other emergency food providers. [If you are or know a farmer or family impacted by COVID-19, tell them!] Please tell Sen. ___ to co-sponsor S.3655. Thank you.
Please let us know if you made a call and how it went!