St. Louis MetroMarket, a nonprofit mobile grocery store that brings healthy and affordable food to St. Louis food desert communities, is now a part of Operation Food Search! The partnership will allow the MetroMarket to continue serving the region, while OFS – which will provide its hunger relief infrastructure and organizational resources – will handle brand development and fundraising opportunities to expand the nonprofit’s reach.
Founded in 2013, MetroMarket’s bus travels to communities with little access to fresh, healthy food. The bus operates every Wednesday through Saturday, April through November, making two-hour stops at designated partner locations including Affinia Healthcare, the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center, Lewis and Clark Library, People’s Health Center and the YMCA O’Fallon Park. They will wrap up their 2021 season in early December and begin working with OFS to plan an enhanced program beginning in 2022.