Donate Funds

Every gift that you make to Operation Food Search has a meaningful and lasting impact on our neighbors’ lives. Your gifts not only feed people directly; they also give families the tools they need to better feed themselves. When you give a gift to Operation Food Search, you have a choice to contribute in several different ways.

Annual Gifts

Whether you choose to make a one-time gift or to give a recurring gift, your gift to our annual campaign makes it possible to continue to provide food and services to hungry families in the St. Louis community.

Your gift is used to:

  • Collect and distribute over 34 million dollars worth of food to the hungry every year
  • Provide 8,500 children with nutritious food every weekend throughout the school year through our Operation Backpack program
  • Teach over 10,000 people a year about nutrition, cooking skills, and making the grocery dollar stretch
  • Provide a 24/7 hunger hotline referral service to those in need
  • For every $1 donated, 97 cents is devoted to programs and services

Without the support we receive from individuals, these programs would not be possible.

If you would like to support Operation Food Search in an easy and efficient way, please consider making a recurring monthly donation.  Your pledge, made affordable in monthly or quarterly installments, allows you to support vital programs that help heal the hurt of hunger.  Your donations will be acknowledged at the beginning of January in one convenient receipt for tax purposes.

To support Operation Food Search through a monthly contribution, please contact our Director of Development, Ellen Reed-Fox at or 314-451-1950 or complete this online donation form.  We will make the process simple for you.

Planned Giving, Bequests, and Life Income Gifts

When you make a planned gift to Operation Food Search, you join a special group of supporters who discover that they can make substantially larger gifts than they ever thought possible, while ensuring that Operation Food Search has the financial resources to meet future challenges in our community.

Have you already provided for Operation Food Search in your estate plans?  Please share that wonderful news with us!  We would love to thank you for your leadership and generosity.

For more information, please contact our Director of Development, Ellen Reed-Fox at or 314-451-1950.

The Sunny Day Endowment

A gift to the Sunny Day Endowment helps fulfill OFS’s ultimate mission – the creation of a hunger-free region. Established in 2018, in honor of former Executive Director Sunny Schaefer, this fund supports OFS’s sustainability for years to come.  The income generated from the Endowment funds innovative programs that address the intersection of food, health, academic success, the regional food economy and workforce development.

For more information, please contact our Director of Strategic Initiatives, Lucinda Perry Jones, or 314-325-1286.

Gifts in Memory or Tribute

Memory and tribute gifts are a perfect way to honor a loved one or recognize someone special, while helping our neighbors in need.  Make your online gift and his/her family will receive a personalized letter from us, notifying them of your thoughtfulness.  For more information, please contact Erin Wright at 314-451-1952 or

Gift of Stock

If you wish to make a gift of stock to Operation Food Search, you can deduct the full market value of your stock, saving income taxes and capital gains on appreciation.  It’s simple to make a gift stock. Please contact our Director of Development, Ellen Reed-Fox at or 314-451-1950.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To learn more click here!

Combined 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 Katie Schneider, Volunteer Manager, (314) 726-5355 x 109.  

If you would like to discuss making a gift or have questions about the many different ways to contribute, please contact our Director of Development, Ellen Reed-Fox at or 314-451-1950.

Business Owners

Do you own a business or have business-related income? OFS has Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) state tax credits available! To learn more, please contact Julie Mann at 314-325-1311.


For every dollar donated by individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations,
97 cents is devoted to programs and services.

HELP OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED:    314-726-5355    |   1644 Lotsie Boulevard    |    Saint Louis, Missouri 63132