Nonprofit to use funds for COVID-19 Emergency Food Response
Online PR News – 15-April-2020 – St. Louis, MO – Bank of America recently donated a $50,000 grant to Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, for its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan that provides free meal distribution to the region’s children and families who need food assistance.
The donation will fund four weeks of emergency food packs that OFS creates for community partners including Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) and St. Louis County Libraries. OFS currently distributes approximately 2,385 bags per week to select SLPS locations and other school districts, as well as nearly 1,700 packs per week at various library and community center sites.
Each emergency food pack has ingredients to make four meals and contains shelf-stable items such as protein, soups and stews, vegetables, fruit, cereal and snacks. The meals are meant to supplement the food staples of a household where a child age 18 and younger lives.
“The work of Operation Food Search and its focus to collaborate with multiple organizations and school districts in the fight against hunger is so important, now more than ever,” said Marilyn Bush, St. Louis market president, Bank of America. “We appreciate their commitment in serving our region’s most vulnerable families, especially during this unprecedented time.”
“Operation Food Search could not respond to this immediate crisis without the assistance of community leaders like Bank of America,” said Kristen Wild, Executive Director of OFS. “Bank of America has been an ongoing supporter of our efforts, and we truly appreciate their recent donation that will enable us to feed children and their families during this public health emergency.”
Founded in 1981, 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 nearly 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis – one-third of whom are children – through a network of 330 community partners in 30 Missouri and Illinois counties. For more information, call (314) 726-5355 or visit http://www.OperationFoodSearch.org.