Operation Food Search History
Operation Food Search was established in 1981 to tackle the growing problem of hunger in the St. Louis area.
We now feed more than 200,000 people every month in the bi-state area – about a third of whom are children. We do this by distributing over 3 million pounds of food every month to our community partners in 31 counties of Missouri and Illinois.
Much more than a food bank, Operation Food Search has the mission to nourish and educate our neighbors in need to heal the hurt of hunger.
To accomplish this mission, we have expanded our function beyond food distribution to include education programs specifically created to empower families with the skills they need to produce low-cost and nutritious food for their families. These programs impact thousands of lives every year.
We have also become an active leader in providing coats and personal items for the poor. In partnership with Kurt and Brenda Warner’s First Things First Foundation, we distribute more than 20,000 coats to the needy during the winter months. In the spring, we team up with the Girl Scouts Council of Eastern Missouri to collect and distribute over one million personal care items (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc.) to individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford such basic necessities.
Hunger is a very real problem in the Midwest. With the help of our partners, volunteers and donors, Operation Food Search provides a solution. Read more about the truth about hunger in the Midwest and then learn what you can do about it.