Catholic Charities of St. Louis and Operation Food Search Hold Food Distribution Event | Business
Pictured from left to right are St. Louis Catholic Charities Kathy Surratt-States and supporter Gerard Hempstead putting groceries and supplies in the trunk of a car at a drive-through distributor. “
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Operation Food Search (OFS), a nonprofit famine relief organization, partnered with St. Louis and Sysco St. Louis Catholic Charities, held its first free emergency meal and delivery distribution partnership on May 16. The joint effort took place at the headquarters of the Catholic charity at 4445 Lindell Blvd.
The event served more than 450 local families. Catholic charities provided gift cards, personal care products and cleaning supplies, as well as hand sanitizer and face masks. Sysco St. Louis contributed a variety of foods including fresh produce, dairy products, cheese, and juice. Operation Food Search supplied meat, cheese, sandwiches and detergents. The National Guard was on hand to help volunteers from both Catholic charities and the SFO put groceries into participants’ cars. The St. Louis Police Department helped control the traffic.
“We are excited to combine our resources and experience with Operation Food Search and Sysco to connect people with a variety of basic needs,” said Theresa Ruzicka, president of the St. Louis Catholic Charity to Serve People in Need and Only One Part of our coordinated COVID-19 relief efforts. ”
“We are grateful to both the Catholic charity and Sysco for partnering with us to provide famine relief to the region,” said Kristen Wild, executive director of OFS. “We currently serve families who have never experienced food insecurity. Therefore, distribution partnerships like this have made great strides in alleviating the overwhelming stress associated with the ongoing pandemic.” Wild added that “the food insecurity rate in the state of Missouri was 14 percent before the pandemic and is now 41 percent”.