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The Board of Directors of the United Way of St. Francois County has pledged to award 36 grants in 2019.  The United Way Board reviewed applications from agencies throughout St. Francois County and interviewed applicants to gain as much information as possible before making funding decisions. If fundraising is successful, the United Way will award over $181,000 to the agencies in June of  2019.

The United Way will fund the Caring Communities program at local school districts and the Summer Food Program for the East Missouri Action Agency. The county’s four senior centers, as well as seven different food pantries, will benefit from the grants to be awarded. The rest will go to agencies that meet specific needs for people throughout the county. Agencies that will receive United Way funding are:

School Caring Communities and Food Pantries:

  • Bismarck Church of God Food Pantry
  • Bonne Terre Food Pantry
  • Caring Communities in West County, Central R-3, Farmington, Bismarck, and North County R-1 Schools
  • Carter’s Clubhouse
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Desloge House of Praise
  • East Missouri Action Agency
  • Elvins Food Pantry
  • EMAA Summer Food Program
  • Farmington Meals on Wheels for Special Diets
  • Farmington Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
  • Farmington St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
  • Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County
  • Helping Hands of the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center
  • L.I.F.E., Inc. Center for Independent Living
  • L.I.F.E. Center Food Pantry
  • MAC Food Pantry
  • Parkland Foster Adopt Families
  • Parkland  Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Rocky Creek Youth Ranch
  • Salvation Army
  • SEMO Family Violence Council
  • Senior Centers in Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Farmington and Park Hills
  • SFC Health Center
  • SFC Mental Health Board
  • St. Francois County Community Partnership’s Season of Hope
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Immaculate Conception Church
  • YFC Skate Park
  • Visions of Hope

While fundraising goes on all year long through payroll deduction and utility bill donations, it begins in earnest in September with Dine Out for United Way. This year, the kickoff for Dine Out will be Saturday, September 7th at Benham Street Grill in Bonne Terre. United Way fundraising with Dine Out at restaurants occurs each Thursday from September 7th to October 31st. In addition, there will be a Girls’ Night Out at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery on October 24th, as well as other special events later in the fall. To find out more about giving to United Way, contact Anna Kleiner, Executive Director of the United Way of St. Francois County, at 760-8929 or Visit the web site at, and LIKE United Way of St. Francois County on Facebook.