At Operation Food Search, we are working beyond immediate food assistance to address the root causes of hunger. We advocate for policies that strengthen families by increasing opportunities for them to put food on the table and live healthier lives.

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Our Policy Agenda

Food Is Medicine

Food insecurity is associated with poor health outcomes and higher health care costs. Through our Fresh Rx program, we are advancing innovative solutions that improve the value of health care in addition to increasing access to food, nutrition and health for families. Establishing that food is medicine will create a more equitable system of care for all Missourians.



We’re building an advocacy community of moms, referred to as Momvocates. Momvocates are champions for health and food safety net programs within Operation Food Search and the state of Missouri. Their powerful leadership is necessary as we reimagine a system that centers those most impacted and emphasizes equity.


WIC Innovation

WIC provides pregnant mothers, new parents and children the tools, knowledge and support to improve their health and nutrition. OFS is working to increase participation among eligible Missourians, especially young children. We are learning from WIC participants, retailers and providers to develop innovative solutions and create a program that works better for everyone.

State & Federal Advocacy

As the leading child and family nutrition organization in Missouri, OFS advocates for policies that address the root causes of hunger and strengthen families in our state.  Our goal is to create a robust and equitable health and food safety net system that increases opportunities for families to put food on the table and live healthier lives.

Join our advocacy network by signing up for our newsletter below and following us on Twitter at @ofsfoodadvocate.

School Breakfast

When children have the opportunity to eat breakfast at school each morning, they experience improved concentration, higher test scores and fewer trips to the school nurse. We’re working to grow the School Breakfast Program in Missouri by showcasing best practices from local schools and highlighting the latest research and trends.


Health & Nutrition Safety Net

Missourians should have access to food, economic resources, health care and other essentials when they need them. We support safety net programs like SNAP, WIC and Medicaid to build healthy families and strong communities. Our team provides up-to-date information to help Missourians understand and enroll in these vital programs.

Safety net programs have new flexibilities and processes during the pandemic. We’re publishing the latest updates to help Missourians access these vital health and nutrition programs. Learn more information on how to get help with our emergency response.

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Read articles about our advocacy work and current state and federal policies that impact hunger.


Advocacy Twitter News

5 days ago
Google's "Find Food Support" website includes a resources locator using Google Maps. The website shows nearby food banks and school meal programs. #HealHungerSTL #FoodInsecurity ofsfoodadvocate photo
6 days ago
Important food security-related bills were added to House Bill 432: a new Food Security Task Force, extending SNAP Farmer’s Market Pilot Program by 6 yrs, additional WIC benefits, and important modifications to Afterschool Meals Program. #HealHungerSTL ofsfoodadvocate photo
1 week ago
Here is What You Need to Know Now:
Save yourself a trip to the store!🛒 #SNAP EBT cards can be used to order groceries online.
For more info visit
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2 weeks ago
Not having a complex nutritional diet can harm brain development in kids. The panel discussed a possible correlation between poor nutrition and gun violence in Missouri as well as possible solutions. #WeFeedKidsSTL #FoodInsecurity ofsfoodadvocate photo
2 weeks ago
More than 50 million people have experienced food insecurity during the pandemic, including in Missouri, but food banks are hard at work to support these families in their time of need. #WeFeedKidsSTL #FoodInsecurity ofsfoodadvocate photo
2 weeks ago
The problem of food insecurity is complex and sweeps across the state of Missouri. Thankfully, there are food banks helping people have access to healthy food when they need it. #WeFeedKidsSTL #FoodInsecurity ofsfoodadvocate photo
2 weeks ago
What you Need to Know Now:
Kids can eat FREE all summer!☀️To find the nearest free Summer Meal Site to you, text FOOD to 877-877. #KidsEatFree
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3 weeks ago
Do you have school-age kids? Legal Services of Eastern Missouri @LSEM_EST1956 is providing FREE HELP with applications for P-EBT! Visit Legal Services from 9:00-11:00am on July 22 or 28, and get your application in before the July 31 deadline! ofsfoodadvocate photo
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