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Catholic Charities of St. Louis and Operation Food Search Hold Food Distribution Event
Nonprofits work together for the first time to feed more than 450 families
By: Operation Food Search
The event served more than 450 local families. Catholic Charities provided gift cards, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies, as well as hand sanitizers and face masks. Sysco St. Louis contributed a variety of food items including fresh produce, dairy, cheese and juice. Operation Food Search provided meat, cheese, sandwiches and cleaning supplies. The National Guard was on hand to assist volunteers from both Catholic Charities and OFS who placed food into the participant's cars. St. Louis Police Department helped with traffic control.
"We are pleased to be able to combine our resources and experience with Operation Food Search and Sysco to connect people with a variety of basic necessities,"
"We are grateful to both Catholic Charities and Sysco for joining forces with us in providing hunger relief to the region," said Kristen Wild, Executive Director at OFS. "We are currently serving families who have never experienced food insecurity, so distribution partnerships like this have made great strides in alleviating the overwhelming stress that is associated with the ongoing pandemic." Wild added that the "rate of food insecurity in the State of Missouri was 14 percent before the pandemic and now sits at 41 percent."
For more information, call (314) 726-5355 or visit http://www.OperationFoodSearch.org.
Catholic Charities of St. Louis
Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, in 2019 Catholic Charities services impacted more than 103,000 people. Catholic Charities serves 11 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Catholic Charities Central Office provides advocacy, centralized administration, accreditation, human resources, communications, quality assurance and fund development for the federated agencies. For more information, call (314) 367-5500 or visit http://www.ccstl.org.