Operation Food Search and MetroMarket: Expanding Food Access

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.


Your Support Goes A Long Way

Donations of any size are welcome and make a real difference to MetroMarket customers, who count on the bus for access to affordable, fresh food. All gifts are tax-deductible. We welcome company matching gifts, as well.

Here are some ways your support can make an impact

$10 – Supports a MetroMarket shopper with a $10 voucher to spend.
$20 – Provides an entire bag of fresh produce, free of charge.
$100 – Funds a day of Community Nutrition presentations & tastings at the bus.
$250 – Purchases pounds of fresh food to stock MetroMarket shelves.
$500 – Funds maintenance for the bus to continue operating all year.
$1,000 – Enables the bus to make a weekend flex stop at a community site.
$2,000 – Fuels the MetroMarket bus for an entire month.

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.

The MetroMarket’s innovative funding model incorporates sponsorship from partner organizations where the bus stops, as well as from generous corporate funders and individual donors.

By keeping the quality of our products high and the costs low, we’re able to provide beautiful, fresh produce that our customers can feel great about purchasing.

Veggie Van
OFS will focus on expanding MetroMarket’s business relationships with area leaders and decision makers, as well as health care organizations and corporations. OFS will research year-round opportunities for the MetroMarket to best serve the region and remain a relevant resource in food deserts.
Stay tuned for more information about this exciting partnership! Follow us on social media for updates.
Donate to support the MetroMarket and Veggie Van programs and increase food access!