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.

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.


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.


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.

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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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Advocacy Twitter News

14 hours ago
At Operation Food Search, we aim to get at the root causes of #FoodInsecurity in our community. To do this work effectively, we have to think strategically. Here's an excellent primer for maximizing impact. #HealHungerSTL ofsfoodadvocate photo
2 days ago
The additional funding for SNAP in the recovery packages has helped ease #FoodInsecurity, but the original CARES package's expanded unemployment benefits were equally important. #HealHungerSTL ofsfoodadvocate photo
1 week ago
The concept that all humans have the right to food seems undeniable. The enactment of policies that adhere to that vision would spur greater cooperation between governments and food banks as suppliers to their communities. #FoodInsecurity ofsfoodadvocate photo
1 week ago
Encouraging data is emerging that government stimulus is helping to ease #FoodInsecurity across the country. But it's not time to let up. This data proves that what we are doing is working, not that the work is complete. #HealHungerSTL ofsfoodadvocate photo
1 week ago
As the pandemic has raged on, many of us have relied on grocery delivery services to keep our pantries stocked while avoiding potential coronavirus exposure. For millions on SNAP benefits, that isn't an option. #FoodInsecurity #HealHungerSTL ofsfoodadvocate photo
2 weeks ago
The Biden $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is ambitious, but it's only a working draft of the final legislation. The American public, including millions dealing with #FoodInsecurity, needs the administration to fight for its bold vision. #HealHungerSTL ofsfoodadvocate photo
2 weeks ago
#COVID19 might have relatively little impact on children's health, but the long-term consequences of extended isolation and #FoodInsecurity engendered by the pandemic are likely to be devastating. We should be thinking about that now. ofsfoodadvocate photo
2 weeks ago
Increased attention on the #FoodInsecurity crisis in America has been one of the few positives that the pandemic brought. While it has worsened this past year, food insecurity didn't start in 2020 and it won't vanish with the ebb of the coronavirus tide. ofsfoodadvocate photo
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