Photo courtesy of Operation Food Search.Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Operation Food Search headquarters.
Operation Food Search will mark 35 years of serving St. Louis families in need with a drop-in open house Thursday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The open house will include free cooking demonstrations, food and tours of the facility.
Operation Food Search, the largest distributor of free food in the St. Louis region, feeds 190,000 people each month, nearly one-third of which are children. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the facility and learn more about the organization’s assistance programs, including No Kid Hungry, Operation Backpack and Cooking Matters.
The free event will also feature cooking demonstrations and tips for healthy shopping. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the first 100 guests will be treated to a free “pop-up” lunch by Olive Garden (or until food runs out). Families can also stop by for an ice cream social from 5 to 7 p.m. and have pancakes made by Dr. Dan the Pancake Man. The open house serves as the kick-off for “90 Days of Giving,” a holiday campaign that highlights opportunities for volunteers to aid Operation Food Search in its mission.
“For 35 years Operation Food Search has passionately forged ahead to nourish and provide our neighbors in need with strategies to ensure that everyone has a place at the table,” said Sunny Schaefer, executive director of Operation Food Search. “As we look ahead, we remain steadfast in our dedication to provide food and nutrition education as long as our services are needed. We are excited to connect with our stakeholders and to make new friends at our open house, share with our guests the progress we’ve made, and unveil our plans for the future as we commemorate 35 years of healing the hurt of hunger in our community.”