Emmis Day of Service Focuses on Hunger in the Region
Across the United States, hunger is a reality for 1 in 6 people. Even here in St. Louis, hunger is a reality, with 1 in 8 people in the bi-state region in need of food assistance. To meet this need, the St. Louis Area Foodbank gathers and distributes more than 25 million pounds of food each year. Every week, an estimated 57,100 people rely upon the St. Louis Area Foodbank for food.
Emmis Communications believes hunger in our community is an issue that is unacceptable. As part of its commitment to improving our community, Emmis St. Louis staffers will collect canned food items from employees at each of its stations and descend on the St. Louis Area Foodbank on Thursday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a team volunteer effort. A number of on-air personalities and more than 100 other station staff members – including St. Louis Emmis General Manager John Beck - representing all four of Emmis’ local radio stations (NewsTalk 97.1, 105.7 The Point, KSHE 95, and KHITS 96.3) will then be on hand at the Foodbank’s distribution center, helping to sort, package, and label donations to be shipped to local food pantries.
Emmis hopes its efforts will help draw attention to the needs of hungry people in the region and inspire others to provide food and monetary donations and volunteer support throughout the year. Anyone who would like to drop off canned food items at the station can do so between 9a and 5p, Mondays-Fridays at 401 S. 18th Street.
“Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different. Many people are going hungry in the bi-state region. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, More attention needs to be drawn to this problem, said John Beck, St. Louis general manager for Emmis.
The Emmis Day of Service is led by Incite, the social impact marketing division of Emmis Communications. Incite’s mission is to use entertainment to connect brands with causes and build meaningful relationships with consumers. Using local media and grassroots engagement, Incite moves people to take positive action, creating impact for brands and communities, delivering quantifiable results and driving positive change. For more information visit www.inciteimpact.com.
Emmis Communications is a diversified media company with radio broadcasting, television broadcasting, and magazine publishing operations. Emmis owns radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and Austin. St. Louis stations include NewsTalk 97.1, 105.7 The Point, KSHE 95, and KHITS 96.3.