For media enquiries, contact Jocelyn Fundoukos, Director of Communications, at 314.944.5073 or jocelyn.fundoukos@operationfoodsearch.org.

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November 22, 2021

Scouting for Food Brings in Donations for OFS

Scout-led food drive returns to reel in donations after 2020 pandemic interruption The Maplewood Fire Department garage bustled with activity Saturday morning as a steady…
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November 20, 2021

OFS and Schnucks team up on Thanksgiving meals

One-thousand turkeys and all the fixings were passed out in St. Louis Friday. The giveaway took place at Operation Food Search in Overland. Volunteers from…
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November 5, 2021

Shop Out Hunger Brings in 64K Food Items

Operation Food Search Collects over 64,000 Food Items During Shop Out Hunger Event Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, hosted its annual…
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November 1, 2021

Post Holdings Supports Mission of OFS

Operation Food Search is pleased to announce that Post Holdings has renewed their commitment to the agency's mission of healing hunger in the St. Louis…
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October 22, 2021

OFS Partners with SSM Health DePaul Hospital

Our President and CEO, Kristen Wild, speaks about our partnership with SSM Health DePaul Hospital to build healthier communities. Watch here. . .
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News
October 17, 2021

What OFS is Doing to Help Amid COVID-19

Amid COVID-19, food insecurity is skyrocketing. Here's what local hunger-relief organizations are doing to help. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help,” says a young…
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October 8, 2021

OFS Receives Grant from Hunger Relief Organization

Operation Food Search (OFS), a nonprofit aimed at ending hunger in the St. Louis metro area, has received a $70,000 grant from MAZON: A Jewish…
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September 24, 2021

Inaugural Feast for Change Event at Kuhs Farm

Operation Food Search recently held its inaugural Feast for Change, a "farm-to-fork" dinner experience at Kuhs Estate and Farm, featuring locally sourced ingredients prepared by…
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September 21, 2021

St. Louis Sustainable Food Management Summit

Operation Food Search President and CEO Kristen Wild spoke on a panel at the St. Louis Sustainable Food Management Summit on Sept. 15, 2021. The…
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August 20, 2021

Kristen Wild: Most Influential Business Women

Operation Food Search President & CEO Kristen Wild has been named a 2021 Most Influential Business Woman by the St. Louis Business Journal. Read more.…
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August 6, 2021

CEO Kristen Wild Interviewed on KTRS

Kristen Wild, President & CEO of Operation Food Search, on the mission of the organization and its upcoming events. Listen here.
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August 6, 2021

Demand for Food Donations Continues

Demand for food donations continues to surge as programs near their end. Read more. . .
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July 26, 2021

Operation BBQ Raises More than $30K for Kids

Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, raised more than $30,000 at the first Operation Barbecue event, held in partnership with Sugarfire Smoke…
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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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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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News
June 24, 2021

Recycler Helps OFS Feed Families

Recyclers have been fighting food insecurity at the local level for years through food or financial donations. Venice, Ill.-based Becker Iron & Metal belongs to a partnership…
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News
June 24, 2021

Gleaning Program Helps Farmers By Giving Back

Missouri Coalition for the Environment’s (MCE) Food and Farm Program not only works to diversify Missouri’s farming economy, helps environmentally responsible farmers thrive, organizes community-led…
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Girls holding large zucchini
News
June 24, 2021

New App for Gardeners to Donate Food

Operation Food Search (OFS) and Urban Harvest STL (UHSTL) have joined 40 nonprofits around the country to launch a mobile app that directs home and…
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Operation Food Search Warehouse where local food is grown through hydroponics
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May 26, 2021

Operation Food Search: Hydroponic Gardens

Operation Food Search: Hydroponic Gardens Imagine having the ability to grow fresh vegetable and herbs in and out of season. Operation Food Search, a non-profit…
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Sunny Schaefer; former executive director of Operation Food Search
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May 26, 2021

OFS’s Endowment Campaign Tops $5M Goal

OFS's Endowment Campaign Tops $5M Goal Operation Food Search, one of the St. Louis region's largest nonprofit organizations, surpassed the $5 million goal set for…
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Trina Ragain; director of policy and innovation for Operation Food Search
News
May 26, 2021

Using Innovation To Create Change

Using Innovation To Create Change Operation Food Search distributes millions of dollars in food and necessities each year throughout Missouri. While its efforts significantly impact…
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Volunteers from Operation Food Search prepare meals to be shipped out to communities around the St. Louis Area.
News
May 24, 2021

OFS Distributes One Millionth Child’s Meal

Operation Food Search Distributes One Millionth Child's Meal Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, recently distributed the one millionth child’s meal through…
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Carlton Adams; Chief Operating Officer for Operation Food Search
News
May 20, 2021

Operation Food Search Adds Chief Operating Officer

Operation Food Search has named Carlton Adams as its first chief operating officer, effective earlier this month. The nonprofit organization added the role of COO…
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Volunteers donating food to Operation Food Search
News
May 11, 2021

$240K Donated to OFS for Franklin Co. Pantries

Anonymous donors make $240,000 gift to local food pantries   It was a phone call that Second Blessings Food Pantry President Becki Gillihan never expected…
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Photo of Brisket Sandwich, taken in joint operation with OFS
News
May 5, 2021

Sugarfire Chef Joins Operation BBQ

The executive chef of Sugarfire Smoke House will teach you how to cook in this virtual cooking class for charity You can support kids in…
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Volunteer displays a bucket of vegetables harvested from the farm field around him.
News
April 13, 2021

OFS Creates Gleaning Partnership with Eckert’s

Operation Food Search recently announced a new gleaning partnership with Eckert’s Belleville Farm located at 951 S. Green Mount Rd. in Belleville, Ill.  The family…
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News
April 7, 2021

OFS Hires Fresh Rx Team Members

Operation Food Search recently hired Janae King as Fresh Rx Intake Specialist and Danielle Williams as Fresh Rx Food and Nutrition Specialist. Read more. .…
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OFS drivers delivering food
News
March 25, 2021

OFS Provides $17K Funding to Agency Partners

Operation Food Search Provides $17,000 in Funding to Partner Agencies OFS recently presented its own grants to community partners for the first time in the…
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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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