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Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The St Louis Area Foodbank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network. Key Findings: The FA system served by The St Louis Area Foodbank provides emergency food for an estimated 261,000 different people annually.39% of the members of households served by The St Louis Area Foodbank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).42% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 79% are food insecure and 34% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 126.96.36.199).58% of clients served by The St Louis Area Foodbank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).42% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).44% of households served by The St Louis Area Foodbank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The St Louis Area Foodbank included approximately 382 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 283 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 247 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.65% of pantries, 44% of kitchens, and 39% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 90% of pantries, 77% of kitchens, and 74% of shelters of The St Louis Area Foodbank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 63% of the food distributed by pantries, 38% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 40% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 95% of pantries, 94% of kitchens, and 81% of shelters in The St Louis Area Foodbank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Saint Louis University;
There is growing awareness that the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play have a strong impact on their health. In fact, policies that address factors like education could have a bigger influence on health than all medical advances combined.They may also help to prevent early death, giving families and communities more years of life to enjoy.There is good news. Our community has come together to increase access to health care for its vulnerable citizens, and in the past ten years we've seen improvements in health among St. Louis residents.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the St. Louis Area Food Bank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2006, conducted for America's Second Harvest (A2H), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 52,000 clients served by the A2H food bank network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 30,000 A2H agencies. The study summarized below focuses mainly on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the A2H network.Key Findings: The A2H system served by the St. Louis Area Food Bank provides food for anestimated 193,100 different people annually.32% of the members of households served by the St. Louis Area Food Bank arechildren under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).23% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among client households with children, 86% are food insecure and 44% areexperiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).58% of clients served by the St. Louis Area Food Bank report having to choosebetween paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).32% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).34% of households served by the St. Louis Area Food Bank report having at leastone household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The St. Louis Area Food Bank included approximately 426 agencies at theadministration of this survey, of which 315 have responded to the agency survey.Of the responding agencies, 218 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, orshelter.76% of pantries, 67% of kitchens, and 60% of shelters are run by faith-basedagencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religiousorganizations (Table 10.6.1).68% of pantries, 58% of kitchens, and 60% of shelters of the St. Louis Area FoodBank reported that there had been an increase since 2001 in the number of clientswho come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for the agencies,accounting for 55% of the food used by pantries, 31% of kitchens' food, and 34%of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).For the St. Louis Area Food Bank, 96% of pantries, 75% of kitchens, and 73% ofshelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment;
This report is intended to put forth an array of reforms that, if enacted, would dramatically transform the municipal courts and eliminate a structure that has perpetuated racism and poverty in the St. Louis region for far too long.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation;
This paper documents the resurgence of entrepreneurial activity in St. Louis by reporting on the collaboration and local learning within the startup community. This activity is happening both between entrepreneurs and between organizations that provide support, such as mentoring and funding, to entrepreneurs. As these connections deepen, the strength of the entrepreneurial ecosystem grows. Another finding from the research is that activity-based events, where entrepreneurs have the chance to use and practice the skills needed to grow their businesses, are most useful. St. Louis provides a multitude of these activities, such as Startup Weekend, 1 Million Cups, Code Until Dawn, StartLouis, and GlobalHack. Some of these are St. Louis specific, but others have nationwide or global operations, providing important implications for other cities.
Police Executive Research Forum;
In the summer of 2014, Better Together initiated discussions with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to conduct a study of the state of policing in the City and County of St. Louis. The August 9, 2014, fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Office Darren Wilson, and the civil unrest that ensued, gave new urgency to this initiative. In September 2014, Better Together and PERF entered into an agreement to conduct this examination and issue a report with recommendations. PERF is an independent research organization, based in Washington, DC, that focuses on critical issues in policing. PERF identifies best policies and practices on fundamental issues, such as strategies to minimize police use of force; developing community policing and increasing public perceptions of legitimacy and procedural justice in policing; new technologies for improving police accountability, such as body-worn cameras; and civil rights and racial issues in policing. The purpose of the study is two-fold: 1. To examine how policing services are currently being delivered in St. Louis County/City, assess the state of police-community relations, and compare the status quo with best practices in the policing profession. 2. To provide recommendations for moving forward, including identifying policing models and operational options to improve policing in the region.
Annie E. Casey Foundation;
Looks at long-term job retention by low-skilled individuals. Profiles three job retention initiatives with high success rates -- two in Seattle, and one in St. Louis.
Cambridge Journal of Education;
This paper reports a research study into the effects of rich,sustained visual arts instruction on 103inner city 9-year-olds in two major US cities. We use the lenses of social learning theory, theories of motivation and self-efficacy, and recentresearch on artistic thinking to investigate the programs' effects on children's self-beliefs and creative thinking. The study enlisted a pre -- post measure,treatment-comparison group design along with structured observations of participant andcomparison group classrooms. The arts students made significant comparative gains on a selfefficacy scale and on an 'originality' subscale of a standard creativity test. These effects are attributed to children's engagement in art and to the social organization of instruction includingreinforcing peer and student -- adult relationships. Relationships between self-efficacy beliefs andtendencies to think originally are explored.
Center for Working Families;
Outlines Casey's framework for expanding low-income families' economic opportunities by integrating employment, benefits and work support, and financial services. Profiles three organizations' implementation and presents early evaluation results.
Institute of Public Policy, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri;
The status of women in Missouri reflects the status of women throughout the United States. Missouri women have the same opportunities, but also face similar challenges. The Institute of Public Policy, in concert with an academic advisory committee at the University of Missouri, has worked diligently to examine existing data, analyze actionable steps at the state level, and understand women's successes and challenges through a series of focus groups across the state. These focus groups gave the researchers the opportunity to hear from very engaged and diverse groups of women, and also a group of men.
The National Insurance Task Force (NITF) has conducted three, two-day classes of its Certified Insurance Counselor Training Program at Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation Training Institutes. These were held August 30-31, 1999; October 16-17, 2000; and October 15-16, 2001. There were 25 participants in each class, yielding a total of 75 certified insurance counselors. These counselors returned to their local nonprofit organizations equipped with a training manual, a PowerPoint presentation, and a new understanding of the insurance industry and of clients' insurance needs.In early 2002, the NITF education subcommittee decided to commission an analysis that would examine and summarize the impact of its education efforts on community development organizations and the residents they serve. Toward that end, NITF staff and consultants conducted surveys and/or interviews of: 15 randomly selected community development practitioners who completed the training; and37 residents who participated in the NITF Home Safety programs. These survey were given during focus-group sessions in St. Louis (Missouri), Staten Island (New York) and Richmond (Virginia).Copies of these survey forms are contained in this report.Both the surveys and in-depth interviews with five practitioners assessed the following:The quality of the Certified Insurance Counselor Training Program (CICTP);The value of insurance education;Perceptions of the insurance industry by residents both before and after they received insurance education;The impact of insurance-education programs on individuals and on communities;Information on the kinds of insurance residents wished to know more about; andAny other insights that might prove valuable to NITF in considering the overall effectiveness of its insurance education programs.
The Bridges to Work demonstration was designed to test whether efforts to help inner-city job seekers overcome barriers to accessing suburban jobs would result in better employment opportunities and earnings for these workers. This report examines outcomes for more than 1,800 applicants to Bridges to Work, half of whom were randomly selected to receive the programs transportation, job placement and supportive services for up to 18 months and half who were not offered these services. The researchers found that Bridges to Work did not positively impact participants employment and earnings, results that were consistent across cities and across various strategies for providing transportation services. Given the programs implementation challenges, costs and lack of results, the report concludes that the Bridges model is not a viable policy response to the mismatch between the location of jobs and the location of unemployed workers. However, the models lack of success does not diminish the importance of improving transportation options to increase workers access to employment, and the authors derive a number of important lessons from the demonstrations experience to inform future mobility efforts.