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Blog - Main
June 21, 2022

Providing Nutrition to Families: Food & Fund Drives

How do food and fund drives help families? For Operation Food Search, food and fund drives enable us to provide high-quality food to children, individuals…
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Fresh RX promotional photo
Blog - Main
June 10, 2022

Safe Summer Fun with Type 1 Diabetes

How to navigate summer activities with diabetes. Summer is for spending time with friends and family and soaking up that wonderful sunshine! Planning summer adventures…
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Blog - Main
May 25, 2022

Gleaning for Food Security and the Environment

At Operation Food Search, our priority will always be getting nutritious food into the hands of people that need it and can’t access it. But…
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Blog - Main
May 17, 2022

Summer Meals: Free meals for Kids 18 and under!

What is the Summer Meals Program? This year is Operation Food Search’s 10th year as a dedicated sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Funded…
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supplemental nutrition assistance program logo
AdvocacyBlog - Main
April 1, 2022

SNAP Proves Essential to COVID-19 Recovery

What is SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. SNAP provides monthly benefits…
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State Capitol
AdvocacyBlog - Main
March 31, 2022

Missouri Legislative Mid-Session Update

We're Halfway There! Missouri Legislative Session Update   The Missouri General Assembly returned to Jefferson City on Monday, March 21, 2022 after a week-long legislative…
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President and CEO of OFS
Blog - Main
March 9, 2022

USDA interviews OFS President & CEO

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Interviews Kristen Wild for Women's History Month This year's Women's History Month theme at the USDA is Providing Healing, Promoting…
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Happy kids eating lunch at school
AdvocacyBlog - MainUncategorized
January 7, 2022

What is Child Nutrition & WIC Reauthorization? 

Strengthening Child Nutrition Programs is Essential to Addressing Child Hunger Each day child nutrition programs improve millions of children’s overall nutrition, health, development and educational…
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Blog - Main
September 14, 2021

Regional Resource Maps Available Here

These interactive maps were created by the Clark-Fox Family Foundation as a regional resource. Click on the image of each map and you will be…
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Blog - Main
August 20, 2021

Students Raise Cash for Fresh Rx Families

Students Focus on Cash as a Way to Help Families Participants in Our Fresh Rx Program Benefit from New Effort College students Teddy Vincent and…
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Mother and son
Blog - Main
August 12, 2021

2nd Phase of Fresh Rx Program Launched

Food insecurity during pregnancy has significant long-term health impacts on moms and babies. Mothers have greater risk of chronic conditions and complications during pregnancy, and infants are…
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Blog - Main
August 9, 2021

OFS Food Is Medicine Program Adds New Staff

Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, recently expanded its staff for the Fresh Rx "food is medicine" program. Three Fresh Rx care…
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AdvocacyNews
July 7, 2021

Let’s Talk About WIC in Missouri

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC, is a federal public health nutrition program that provides food assistance, nutrition education, breastfeeding support,…
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State Capitol
AdvocacyNews
July 7, 2021

2021 Missouri Legislative Wrap-up

INTRODUCTION  The Missouri state legislature wrapped up the last day of regular session on Friday, May 14. While still grappling with challenges of the global…
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OFS Promotion on how to reuse resources for Earth Day
Nutrition
May 12, 2021

Leftovers Can Help Reduce Food Waste

Earth Day, a day we celebrate our environment and raise awareness about climate change, is celebrated on April 22nd annually. However, the need to be…
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Beans used for Meatless Monday Promotion
Nutrition
April 15, 2021

The Many Benefits of Meatless Meals

Meatless Monday is a global campaign that aims to encourage people to eat less meat for both individual health and the health of the planet. …
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Children posing with vegetables
Blog - Main
March 26, 2021

One Year of Summer Meal Service

How Our Program Adapted to the Pandemic Each summer, OFS works to ensure children have access to nutritious food when school is out. When the…
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Christine Filla; member of the OFS friends board
Blog - Main
March 20, 2021

OFS Expands its Friends Board

Four Young Business Leaders Support OFS Mission Formed in February 2010, the Operation Food Search “Friends” Board is a dynamic group of young professionals who…
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Advocacy Honor Roll poster
AdvocacyNews
March 16, 2021

OFS Recognized for Advocacy Work

21 Food Banks Excel in Advocacy Food Bank News has determined that 21 of the 100 largest food banks in the country are utilizing best…
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Vegetables used for nutrition education
Nutrition
March 10, 2021

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

How many times have you come home from a long day of work and reached for the first thing available to eat? We have all…
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Tax Information

Important CARES Act Information for 2020 Donations:

All taxpayers may take a charitable deduction of up to $300 per individual in 2020, even if you do not itemize on your return.

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Stock Gifts

It’s simple to make a stock gift, just contact our Director of Development, Ellen Reed-Fox.

Email Ellen or (314) 451-1950

IRA Rollover

Direct Your IRA Charitable Rollover to OFS

Individuals age 70½ and older may transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to OFS without recognizing the distribution as income on their tax returns. Contact our Director of Development, Ellen Reed-Fox.

NOTE: Required Minimum Distributions have been temporarily suspended for the 2020 tax year.

Email Ellen or call (314) 451-1950

Federal Campaign

Are you employed by the U.S. Federal Government?

If so, you can designate Operation Food Search (CODE 98440) as your charity to support through the Combined Federal Campaign. Contact Judy Coyman, Director of Annual Giving.

Email Judy or call (314) 325-1292

Donate Monthly

Donate on a recurring basis by designating a checking account or a credit card for your contributions. When you donate monthly, you join a very special community of OFS supporters who ensure consistent access to the funds needed to heal hunger.

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Memorials & Tributes

Honor a loved one or recognize someone special while helping solve the problem of hunger in a directly impactful way. Make your gift online or by mail, and the individual or family you are honoring will receive a personalized notecard from OFS notifying them of your memorial or tribute gift (but not the amount). All gifts of $50 or more will be posted quarterly on our Memorials and Tributes web page.

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Legacy Gifts

Create a legacy through your estate plans that helps OFS heal hunger for generations to come.

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Sunny Day Endowment

When you invest in our endowment, you are investing in the region and its people. The long-term impact of your gift ensures it will go beyond providing immediate hunger relief to strengthen the community itself.

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Matching Gifts

Many employers match gifts and volunteer hours made by employees. Find out if your company has a matching gift program at our link below.

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