In 1967, a group of west St. Louis County churches joined forces to help their neighbors in need. It was then that Circle of Concern was born.
Today, Circle’s mission remains the same: to feed the hungry and provide assistance to low income families living in West St. Louis County.
Circle’s largest program is its food pantry. Normally, Circle is a Client Choice pantry, which means that families “shop” for foods that meet their taste, dietary and cultural needs. Even now as clients are served curbside to maintain safe social distances, Circle of Concern strives to accommodate some choices for clients in the variety of fresh, wholesome foods (milk, eggs, cheese, fruits, vegetables and frozen meats) they provide along with an assortment of canned and boxed foods. However, feeding families is just the beginning. Circle also provides emergency financial assistance to help families avoid a utility shut-off or eviction. Circle also helps to strengthen households through kids programs, career mentoring and even educational scholarships for young people and adults. Circle closes out each year with a Thanksgiving Basket event and a Holiday Adoption program, ensuring that more than 500 area families have a joyful holiday season.
Circle helps families on their journey toward stability. This work is made possible with the help of a generous community and more than 300 active volunteers. Individuals interested in caring for their neighbors can visit circleofconcern.org or call (636) 861-2623 to make a donation or learn about volunteer opportunities.
112 St. Louis Avenue • Valley Park