On Nov. 10th, Little Bit celebrated the grand opening of an in-school food market at Sigel Elementary, which is managed in partnership with St. Louis Area Foodbank (SLAFB) and funded in part by the Bayer Fund. The market is one of 11 we are co-operating with Foodbank in food desert areas of the city and North County. It’s open at regular hours once a week for families to shop, offering a mix of fresh produce and dairy products, as well as shelf-stable and frozen foods. The market also is available to school staff at any time to provide for emergency student needs.
The in-school model is designed to empower families with choice and healthier options and can have a significant impact on student attendance and performance by reducing the health risks and anxiety around food insecurity.