This year marks Operation Food Search’s tenth year as a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Funded by the USDA, SFSP ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Kids are more at risk for hunger when school is out, and this program provides a crucial link to nutrition normally obtained within schools.
Serving children is at the heart of what we do at Operation Food Search. As an SFSP sponsor, OFS will connect thousands of children 18 and under with meals across the metro region. An SFSP sponsorship means we use our knowledge of food distribution to allow our partners to do what they do best — serve the children in their own community. OFS maintains a contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate this program, which allows us to purchase and deliver meals to organizations that serve the public directly. While it is not a “free” program, it is a consistent and sustainable option that allows us to put significant food resources into the community.