St. Louis, MO, February 02, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Operation Food Search (OFS), a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education to the area’s hungry, exceeded its capital campaign goal by raising a total of $7,026,140.
The food insecurity campaign, entitled “The Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in the St. Louis Region,” began its silent phase in Nov. of 2015 where it raised $6,388,000. The public phase was launched on Jan. 23, 2017 at the time of OFS’ grand opening of its new headquarters at 1644 Lotsie Blvd.
OFS used $5.2 million to purchase the 67,000-square-foot facility and make renovations. The remaining funds will be used for programming, which includes introducing holistic and innovative solutions in clinical and community-based settings, implementing robust evaluation measures, and increasing community education regarding Missouri’s hunger problem.
The main goal of the capital campaign was to grow OFS’ ability to stop the damaging cycle that food insecurity produces. Now that the fundraising goal has been achieved, OFS will continue working with its extensive partner network to develop comprehensive initiatives that tackle the root causes of childhood hunger and family food insecurity.
The Crawford Taylor Foundation and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation made the leadership gift to the Campaign. Additional lead contributors include the Dana Brown Charitable Trust; Emerson; Interco Charitable Trust; Hussman Corporation; the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation; the Monsanto Fund, and the William S. Anheuser Family Foundation. The campaign also attracted a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor.
“We are deeply grateful to the many individuals, corporations, and foundations who supported the Campaign vision to end childhood hunger,” said Sunny Schaefer, OFS’ Executive Director. “Disrupting the chronic cycle of food insecurity requires new, comprehensive approaches and shedding light on the causes and forces of poverty. Operation Food Search is committed to leading inclusive and impactful efforts that ensure our region’s children and families have the healthy, affordable food they need to grow, learn, live, and thrive.”
Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search embraces a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger. OFS empowers families with a wide range of programs and services proven to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy and affordable food. The agency helps feed more than 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis – one-third of which are children – through a network of 330 community partners in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties.
For more information, call (314) 726-5355.