Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, recently received $240,000 from a semi-retired couple now living in Franklin County who wished to stay anonymous. Their one request: the donation had to be used for OFS’s partner agencies located in the Franklin County community. Their main objective: their donation would inspire people to give to agencies like this which are addressing food insecurity during the current pandemic.
Each of the following agencies received $30,000: Agape House of Franklin County, Agape Help House of Pacific, Catholic Services of St. Clair, Community Outreach of Gerald, Loving Hearts Outreach, St. Francis Borgia, Second Blessings, and Tri Pantry. Potential uses for the funds include purchasing vehicles, walk-in coolers, and shelf stable food, as well as expanding and improving sites to incorporate handicap accessibility and security.
“This generous donation was made by long-time supporters of our agency who wished to remain anonymous,” said OFS President and CEO Kristen Wild. “They are a semi-retired couple who recognized the increased and ongoing need of the Franklin County community, and they stepped up to make a difference in their area.” Wild added that the funds were distributed to the nonprofits’ partner agencies “demonstrating the biggest need in serving families experiencing food insecurity during this ongoing pandemic.”
Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd. that provides free food, nutrition education and innovative programs proven to reduce food insecurity. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families and increases access to healthy and affordable food. The agency provides food and services to 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis – one-third of whom are children – through a network of 330 community partners in 27 Missouri and Illinois counties and the city of St. Louis. For more information, call (314) 726-5355 or visit Operation Food Search.