MFH Makes Emergency Grants in Hard-Hit Areas of Missouri

            St. Louis, Mo., June 7, 2011 -- Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) has made emergency grants totaling nearly half a million dollars to 14 health-focused nonprofits in weather-ravaged areas of southeast and southwest Missouri, and St. Louis.  Missouri has been hit particularly hard this year, and MFH has responded in recent weeks with critical assistance for organizations and residents in need.

The emergency grants help nonprofits fill important needs for Missourians coping with the traumatic effects of natural disasters.  The grants are in response to three recent disaster situations:  April tornado damage in St. Louis County; spring Mississippi River floods causing widespread damage in southeast Missouri; and the devastating tornado that hit the Joplin area in May. 

“Disasters like the river flooding and Joplin tornado immediately impact the health of a community through destruction of health facilities, injuries and shock,” said Dr. James R. Kimmey, MFH president and chief executive officer.  “As a major current funder of more than 700 health nonprofits, MFH has a responsibility to join others in efforts to restore those facilities and assist those directly affected.  This has been a particularly difficult year for natural disasters in the state, but MFH is responding to the situation.  We have many important ties in Missouri communities, and will continue to provide assistance as needs arise.”

A total of $270,196 in flood assistance grants went to six southeast Missouri organizations:

Bootheel Counseling Services, Sikeston, $25,000.  Grant funds help the organization offer household items, cleaning supplies and replacement medications for flood victims in a four-county area.

Mississippi County Health Department, Charleston, $47,710.  Funds help the health department equip the county and three municipalities with mosquito control supplies and equipment.

New Madrid County Health Department, New Madrid, $65,986.  Funding helps the organization provide mosquito control in areas affected by flooding.

SEMO Health Network, New Madrid, $50,000.  Funding helps the organization provide supplies, storage facilities, shelter, food and medications to flood victims and evacuees.

Southeast Missouri Food Bank, Cape Girardeau, $64,000.  Funds help the organization provide food to flood victims in a 16-county area.

United Gospel Rescue Mission, Poplar Bluff, $17,500.  Grant funding helps the organization provide food and clothing to the homeless and needy affected by flooding in Butler County.


A total of $229,080 in tornado assistance grants went to eight organizations in St. Louis and southwest Missouri:

Access Family Care, Neosho, $25,000.  Grant funds help the organization provide generators, tents, food and other supplies for field volunteers as they assist Joplin-area tornado victims.

Alliance of Southwest Missouri, Joplin, $75,000.  With funding, the organization is providing tornado victims with diabetic supplies, prescription drug assistance and over-the-counter medications.

Community Health Clinic of Joplin, $6,600.  Funds help the clinic provide medical and pharmacy staff to assist tornado victims needing medical appointments and prescriptions.

Community Support Services of Missouri, Joplin, $25,000.  Funding helps the organization provide additional nursing services, medication and medical equipment for residents impacted by the tornado.

Independent Living Center, Joplin, $20,000.  Funding helps the organization provide medical equipment and counseling for residents impacted by tornado damage.

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, St. Louis, $10,000.  Funding helps the organization offer health services and medical supplies to underserved tornado victims.

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, St. Louis, $17,480.  Funding helps the organization provide food, clothing, supplies and 24-hour child care to families affected by April tornado damage in St. Louis County.

Salvation Army Midland Divisional Headquarters, St. Louis, $50,000.  Funding helps the organization provide Joplin tornado victims with food and food vouchers.

Established in 2000, MFH is the largest nongovernmental funder of community health activities in Missouri.  MFH is in its eighth year of grantmaking, having issued more than $414 million in grants and awards to date.  It is dedicated to improving the health of unserved and underserved residents in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.