Children at Risk in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area

While the metropolitan St. Louis area is often known as a great place to raise a family, that perception is hardly a reality for many children:

  • In St. Louis City, over 40 percent of the children live below the poverty level.
  • In St. Louis County, 57,090 students are enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program.
  • In Madison County, Illinois, one in 5 children lives in poverty. 
  • The child poverty rate in St. Clair County is 25%.

Improving the well-being of the most vulnerable in our region will benefit our entire community.  Children who are socially, emotionally and physically healthy become healthy adults who contribute to our community.

The Deaconess tradition is to respond with compassion and imagination to those with the least options. Improving the health of our community is a collective call to action. 

Deaconess Foundation focuses its efforts on the
8 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.


City of St. Louis
Franklin County
Jefferson County
St. Charles County
St. Louis County


Madison County
Monroe County
St. Clair County

Please check the following links for additional information regarding children’s health in the area:

2016 Kids Count Data Book

2016 Missouri Kids Count Data Profile

2016 Illinois Kids Count Data Profile

For the Sake of All

Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity

Missouri Budget Project

Race for Results Report -- The Annie E. Casey Foundation

St. Louis Graduates

Vision for Children at Risk - Kids' Data

Youth Violence Prevention Task Force