Evolution of The Little Bit Foundation
Idea is conceived to work with students on an individual basis in addressing their basic needs.
First school – Mann Elementary - is adopted, where Little Bit provides coats, clothes, shoes, hygiene items, school supplies and books to students in need.
Little Bit moves into space at CBC High School and a year later receives its 501(c)(3) designation.
Little Bit is offered 3,000 square feet of warehouse space at Color Art to accommodate operations serving 3,000 students in 13 city schools.
First partnership is established with Operation Food Search, as Little Bit recognizes direct correlation between nutrition/health and educational outcomes. New partnerships would follow that further address nutrition, medical and behavioral needs, as well as provide free eyeglasses.
Warehouse and office space is donated by Marcone.
Little Bit expands into North St. Louis County and is serving a total of 5,000 students in 17 schools.
Partnerships are formed to introduce STEM programming in schools and help encourage interest in this high-demand field.
Project Graduation is launched in partnership with Riverview Gardens School District, which will bring Little Bit services to all 13 Riverview Gardens schools.
Little Bit purchases its own 33,000 sq. ft. building to accommodate rapidly expanding operations.
Little Bit expands into its first high school in the fall semester of 2019, which also completes its adoption of the Riverview Gardens School District. High school programming offers mentoring and career discovery.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Little Bit Feeding Hope program is launched, bringing food directly to the highest risk families.
Little Bit opens 7th in-school family food market in partnership with St. Louis Area Foodbank, serving students and families with free fresh, shelf-stable and frozen food items.
Miranda Walker Jones becomes new Chief Executive Officer, upon the retirement of co-founder Rosemary Hanley.
Little Bit headquarters suffers extensive damage due to historical flooding. Operations are moved to temporary space in Olivette.
Despite rebuilding and restarting operations, Little Bit enters 6 new school communities in the 2022-23 school year, for a total of 48 schools and 14,000 students. This includes the historic Sumner High School and its first schools in South St. Louis County.
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