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.

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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.

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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

4 days ago
Stretch your #SNAP dollars further by shopping with City Greens Market, @stlcitygreens, in the Grove! This month they are offering the Double Up Food Bucks program, that matches SNAP dollars spent on fresh produce dollar-for-dollar.
RT to help us spread the word #STL!
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4 days ago
SNAP caseloads went up 19% from 2019–2021, and more than 1 in every 10 dollars spent at grocery stores was from SNAP or EBT. These benefits did wonders to combat #FoodInsecurity during the pandemic, and it would be beneficial to keep them going forward. ofsfoodadvocate photo
5 days ago
13 million children are currently living with #FoodInsecurity - that's not an easy number to swallow. Joy Bauer of the Today Show is hoping to change that with her new #BigGBreakfast Challenge. ofsfoodadvocate photo
6 days ago
21% of adults experiencing #FoodInsecurity were unable to access assistance - that's 21% too many. Awareness is a big part of why some don't receive benefits. If you have any questions regarding your benefits, we can help! ofsfoodadvocate photo
2 weeks ago
As supply chain interruption continues to cause #FoodInsecurity, the USDA is stepping in a taking action to ensure that children in schools get the nutrition they need. ofsfoodadvocate photo
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