ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Help is on the way for the thousands of area residents who don’t know where their next meal will come from, or who have housing, utility or transportation issues.

It’s coming from a team of St. Louis University researchers with the help of the Missouri Foundation for Health. The foundation has provided a half-million dollar grant to the researchers, to develop what they call a ‘clinic to community model’.

Principal Investigator Ellen Barnidge says that means connecting those with basic needs to those who can help them.

“Letting families know they they’re there to provide support in terms of not feeling so isolated and alone, a tangible support, so not only connecting with programs available but also immediate needs,” she says.

Barnidge says patient screenings found 57 percent of caregivers experienced some level of food insecurity and as well as problems with housing, utility or transportation.

The program should be in place by late spring.

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