Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, will host its ninth annual Shop Out Hunger from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24.  The region-wide food drive is held to restock the shelves of both its distribution center and its 330 community partner agencies in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties. 

Volunteers from over 100 agencies will be staffed outside of grocery stores collecting non-perishable food items and donations that will stay in each area’s community. OFS also teams up with numerous community partners including Franklin County Hunger Task Force, Jefferson County Hunger Task Force, St. Charles Community Council, and area food pantries across 12 counties.

The drive is held during the summer when food donations are typically down. The average low-income family’s food costs increase by $300 per month during the summer since kids who receive free or reduced meals during the school year do not have access to the food they need.

 

More than 120 grocery stores — including Dierbergs, Schnucks and Straub’s — located in Missouri (Jefferson and Franklin counties, St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln, St. Francois, and St. Louis City and County) and Illinois (St. Clair, Marion, Jackson, and Madison counties). 

For more information, call (314) 726-5355 or visit operationfoodsearch.org/event/shop-out-hunger/ for further details and a list of participating grocery stores. V

Via Press Release