Nonprofit agency to use grant to promote school breakfast participation in Missouri
Online PR News – 11-June-2019 – St. Louis, MO – Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, recently received $25,000 from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the Walmart Foundation. OFS will use this grant to continue building statewide support for Breakfast After the Bell models, which take breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the classroom to ensure all students have the opportunity to start their day well-fed and ready to succeed.
FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty. The Walmart Foundation was created in 1982 to help support the communities Walmart serves. Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation generally provide more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind annual giving.
"Breakfast plays a key role in terms of a student's health, academic performance, and overall success," said OFS Executive Director Kristen Wild. "This generous grant allows our agency to provide critical assistance that will greatly impact the lives of our Missouri students." Wild added that outcomes associated with eating breakfast at the beginning of each school day include benefits such as "decreased tardiness and absenteeism, as well as improved concentration and memory."
Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families with a range of programs and services proven to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy and affordable food. The agency helps feed more than 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis - one-third of which are children - through a network of 330 community partners in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties. Operation Food Search is located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd. For more information, call (314) 726-5355 or visit http://www.OperationFoodSearch.org.