Operation Food Search, Inc.

aka OFS   |   St. Louis, MO   |  www.OperationFoodSearch.org

Mission

Nourish and educate our neighbors in need to heal the hurt of hunger.

Ruling year info

1982

President & CEO

Ms. Kristen Wild

Main address

1644 Lotsie Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63132 USA

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EIN

43-1241854

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We envision a region where everyone has equitable access to the food they need to lead healthy lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Collection and Distribution

Operation Food Search collects approximately 3 million pounds of donated food every month and distributes it to approximately 200,000 people through a network of nearly 300 food pantries, homeless shelters, women's shelters, and meal programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Operation Backpack provides weekend backpacks filled with kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare, nutritious food to 8,500 low-income students in St. Louis City and County Public Schools.  Nearly 90% of children in these schools rely on free or reduced-cost meals during the week, but go home on weekends to houses with very little food.  These backpacks provide a bridge of vital nutrition over the weekend.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Community Nutrition is a program for low-income families, children, teens, and senior citizens.  Coordinated and taught by OFS registered dietitians, it provides hands-on experience with meal preparation, food budgeting skills, and nutrition classes.  It is motivational in nature, helping people to make healthy food choices, so they may move towards a greater self-reliance.  Nearly 7,000 adults and children participate in the Nutrition Education classes and other OFS nutrition outreach programs annually.

Population(s) Served
Families

For many kids and families in the St. Louis region, summer is often anything but a vacation. Instead of a relaxing break to explore new interests and places, it’s often a time when many struggle to afford nutritious food to eat––especially children who rely on free and reduced-price school meals. When school is out, kids are more at-risk for hunger and obesity. Nearly 173,000 children in our bi-state region bear the burden of food insecurity.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), funded by the USDA, ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Operation Food Search, a SFSP Sponsor, is connecting thousands of children 18 years and younger to food while they enjoy fun activities that stimulate their minds.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Hunger After The Bell Rings
Many kids approach the end of the school day not knowing when they’ll receive their next meal.
OFS provides nutritious super snacks to fuel the minds and bodies of children so they can be successful for the rest of the day. These Super Snacks provided by the Afterschool program are healthy grab and go light meals that include a fruit, vegetable, protein, dairy and whole grain to ensure children receive a well-balanced meal.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Fresh Rx: Nourishing Healthy Starts is a fresh food program that will eliminate food insecurity during pregnancy in order to produce better birth outcomes for both moms and babies.

This innovative program provides families with weekly shares of food from local farmers and producers, in addition to cooking classes, nutrition resources and supportive services.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

Fresh Rx: Prescribing Healthy Futures is a holistic, fresh food program working to support a healthy, hunger-free, nutrition-forward campus at Normandy High School through the systemic transformation of the built environment.

Fresh Rx: Prescribing Healthy Futures works with qualifying students and their families by providing a prescription for whole, fresh, local food, student-centered support, and connections to resources in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2005

Better Business Bureau Accredited 2021

Four Star Charity Navigator Rating 2021

Awards

4 Star Rating 2020

Charity Navigator

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Operation Food Search touches those in need through many programs including food distribution, Operation Backpack, Summer Meals, After School Meals, and Cooking Matters.

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We fight hunger with innovative and collaborative solutions that provide food today and help create a hunger-free tomorrow.

Operation Food Search collects and distributes nearly $3 million of food every month. This food feeds the needy, homeless, home-bound, and many more of all ages and backgrounds.

As necessary as this is, Operation Food Search also invests time, energy and expertise in a number of different programs – each of which tackles a different aspect of the problems of hunger.

Whether we are spearheading innovative projects to feed 8,500 school-age children that are food-insecure each weekend or providing the dietary expertise necessary to teach low-income families nutrition and cooking skills, Operation Food Search works tirelessly to end hunger in the St. Louis bi-state region.

Our two newest programs Fresh Rx Nourishing Healthy Starts and Fresh Rx Prescribing Healthy Futures address hunger among two very vulnerable populations, low-income pregnant women and teens from with diabetes. Fresh Rx: Nourishing Healthy Starts is a fresh food program that will eliminate food insecurity during pregnancy in order to produce better birth outcomes for both moms and babies.

Operation Food Search has grown from its humble beginnings in 1981 rescuing food from Produce Row to feed the hungry, to being a highly effective and respected leader in hunger relief that distributed $33 million of food at no cost to its network of 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and schools to provide food and services to 200,000 individuals each month throughout the St. Louis region in its 2021 fiscal year. Operation Food Search's skilled and professional staff carry out the organization's services with the support of a strong network of community volunteers and partners. Our logistics expertise enables us to collect and distribute tens of millions of pounds of food annually. Our team of culinary and nutrition professionals work in the community, imparting skills, knowledge and confidence to low income individuals so they can optimize their food budget and nutrition intake, and prepare healthy affordable meals for themselves and their families.

2021 Fiscal Year Accomplishments and Activities
Food Distribution:
-We distributed $33 million dollars in food.
-We distributed 589,000 meals through Operation Backpack. These go out through 338 schools in 15 counties.
-We provided over 8,000 child meal through AfterSchool ReFuel.
Community Nutrition:
-483 classes and store tours were conducted in 21 counties.
-36 nutrition education videos were created and shared.
Policy and Innovation:
-We tracked 23 nutrition and health related bills. 5 of hose passed session, including a statewide food security task force.
-We launched our WIC innovation project.
-Our innovation programs, such as Fresh Rx, focus on food as medicine.



Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Operation Food Search, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alan Schultz

Bayer

Term: 2021 - 2024

Julie Hoff

Express Scripts

Lisa Pelikan

Edward Jones

Amy Altholz

RubinBrown

Erin Brooks

Bryan Cave LLP

Ryan Cuba

Schnuck Markets

Alan Schultz

Monsanto

Dr. Kelvin Adams

St. Louis Public Schools

Laura Bryant

Enterprise Holdings

Nik Brym

GardaWorld

Steve Spratt

Ascension

Jessica Stephan

Bunge

Rick Stevens

Christian Hospital

Maxine Clark

Clark-Fox Family Foundation

Lucas Signorelli

Daniel & Henry

Dara Webb

Mercy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.