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
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* St. Louis - Missouri - US

ST. LOUIS - May 18, 2020 - PRLog -- Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, partnered with Catholic Charities of St. Louis along with Sysco St. Louis to host their first free drive-through emergency meal and supply distribution partnership on May 16.  The joint effort took place at Catholic Charities headquarters located at 4445 Lindell Blvd.

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," said Theresa Ruzicka, President, Catholic Charities of St. Louis. "It's core to our overall mission of serving people in need and just one part of our coordinated COVID-19 relief efforts."

"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."

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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

Lucinda Perry
Tags:COVID-19 relief efforts
Location:St. Louis - Missouri - United States
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