Operation Food Search

Michael Shultz

Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization 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.

Deaconess Foundation supports Operation Food Search’s Momvocates Program through our Responsive Grant Portfolio. Through the Momvocates program, mothers receive advocacy and storytelling training to help them use their voices to increase understanding among lawmakers about food insecurity and advocate for policies that improve health and food access. Champions for health and nutrition safety net programs, Momvocates seek to build a healthier future for all families through advocacy and policy change.

The inaugural cohort of Momvocates includes graduates of OFS’s Fresh Rx: Nourishing Healthy Starts program. The program connects families who are experiencing food insecurity with fresh, local food and resources for a healthy household. OFS partners with healthcare providers and insurers to help families reach their health goals, support the community and reduce health care costs.

Learn more about Operation Food Search’s Momvocates program by clicking here.