Circle of Concern Food Pantry Sees 13% Increase in 2011

Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Circle of Concern Food Pantry has been serving those in need since 1967, but never has the need been so great. Glenn Koenen tells KMOX in 2011, Circle of Concern fed 13-percent more people then in 2010.  The exact number, 25, 161 people were served last year.

Many families that use to be middle-class, supported Koenen’s food pantry, now they need the help. Koenen says as people’s unemployment and resources run out, they are turning to Circle of Concern. He says many of those people feel as though they have lost their middle-class standing and will never be able to bounce back.

Despite more people starting to go back to work, Koenen says “they just can’t earn enough money to escape poverty.”

In 2002, Circle of Concern served 75-hundred. The food pantry operates entirely off of donations.  Koenen has a request, circle a day in February or March and collect food in your neighborhood and then, donate the items to Circle of Concern or any food pantry of your choice.

If you would like to make a donation to Circle of Concern, call 636- 861-2623. They are located at 1120 St. Louis Avenue P.O.Box 444 Valley Park, Mo 63088 or


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