About Little Bit

Evolution of The Little Bit Foundation

  • 2001

    Idea is conceived to work with students on an individual basis in addressing their basic needs.

  • 2002

    First school – Mann Elementary - is adopted, where Little Bit provides coats, clothes, shoes, hygiene items, school supplies and books to students in need.

  • 2005

    Little Bit moves into space at CBC High School and a year later receives its 501(c)(3) designation.

  • 2010

    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.

  • 2013

    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.

  • 2013

    Warehouse and office space is donated by Marcone.

  • 2014

    Little Bit expands into North St. Louis County and is serving a total of 5,000 students in 17 schools.

  • 2015

    Partnerships are formed to introduce STEM programming in schools and help encourage interest in this high-demand field.

  • 2017

    Project Graduation is launched in partnership with Riverview Gardens School District, which will bring Little Bit services to all 13 Riverview Gardens schools.

  • 2017

    Little Bit purchases its own 33,000 sq. ft. building to accommodate rapidly expanding operations.

  • 2019

    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.

  • 2020

    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Little Bit Feeding Hope program is launched, bringing food directly to the highest risk families.

  • 2021

    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.

  • 2021

    Miranda Walker Jones becomes new Chief Executive Officer, upon the retirement of co-founder Rosemary Hanley.

  • 2022

    Little Bit headquarters suffers extensive damage due to historical flooding. Operations are moved to temporary space in Olivette.

  • 2022

    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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