A total of $7,000 was approved for two Alison Grants at the Foundation’s April board meeting. Melissa Bauer, Assistant Manager of Adult Services, received $2,200 to fund 2021 Earth Day Garden Kits. Each kit provided (1) Tomato plant, (1) Cherry Tomato plant, (1) Cucumber plant and (1) Zucchini plant in a cardboard carrying tray. It also included a laminated sheet with gardening instructions. Kits were distributed on April 23 at the ten branches that currently distribute drive-thru meals.
Emily Althoff, Public Services Administrator received $4,800 for MetroMarket Saturdays. The grant will support offering St. Louis MetroMarket Saturdays at three of St. Louis County Library’s branches for a total of six visits in areas considered food deserts. A food desert is a low-income community with no supermarkets, and poor transit. MetroMarket Saturdays will begin June 12 at the Natural Bridge branch.
Alison Grants are one-time grants awarded to Library staff for their submitted programs, projects or activities in need of funding beyond tax dollars.