Our mission is to serve individuals and families who experience food insecurity in University City and surrounding neighborhoods. By offering food, gently used clothing, hope and friendship, we will strengthen these individuals and the communities in which they live.
The Winger Food Pantry is open at Trinity Presbyterian Church from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. We are allowing clients that have been vaccinated or are symptom free and had no contact with a person with COVID-19 for 14 days to enter the building. You will be able to select perishable items and clothes and receive the bags of non-perishable items. Masks are to be worn inside the building. We will also continue the curbside delivery from the entrance by the alley on Kingsland Avenue for clients that prefer that method of receiving food. Please bring your state ID for check in. We only allow one recipient per family or per address. Clients do not need a referral. All are welcome but clients may only get food once a calendar month. You must be 18 or older to get food. The pantry is closed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (and snow days the University School District is closed).
The food provided comes from a variety of sources. The bulk of the food is provided from donations from Trinity Presbyterian Church members and others in the community. Bread is donated by Panera Bread Company. We also receive meat, fresh vegetables and dairy from Operation Food Search. In addition, we get donations of fresh food from Fair Shares.
We receive Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) boxes through another partner, St. Louis Area Foodbank. These boxes provide staples to income-eligible seniors once a month. If you are interested please speak to one of the volunteers so you can be verified and added to the waiting list.
The Winger Food Pantry also normally provides lightly-used clothing which is available for free. Once the building is re-opened we intend to offer this service again.
All of the people who work to provide this food are volunteers. This includes the people who buy the food, pack the food, pick up the food from Panera and Operation Food Search and help to hand out the food. If you are interested in supporting the Winger Food Pantry through donations or by volunteering, please contact Trinity Presbyterian Church.
The Winger Food Pantry can always use an extra hand. If interested, please contact Joanne Roman at 314-726-4592 or at email@example.com.
The Winger Food Pantry Morning Routine