Over 30-Years of Nourishing Our Community
Main Warehouse & Distribution Center • 6282 Olive Boulevard • St. Louis, MO 63130 • (p) 314.726.5355 • (f) 314.726.9945
O’Fallon Warehouse & Distribution Center • 1435 Hoﬀ Industrial Center • O’Fallon, MO 63366 • (p) 636.544.3500 • (f) 636.327.9292
2012 St. Louis Idiotarod Rocked Downtown and PURSES FOR
Raised Record Funds for OFS! PANTRIES—Where
Fashion is Art and YOU
W hat could be more exciting
than a downtown adventure,
shopping cart race, costume party
are the Canvas!
and food drive all rolled into one?
Well, the 3rd Annual Downtown
St. Louis Idiotarod (inspired by
Alaska’s Iditarod dog sled races)
S aturday, May 5th marks the return
of everyone’s favorite ladies’ event,
Purses for Pantries! We hope you will join
on March 2 & 3 certainly fit the us for this luncheon at Orlando Gardens
bill with a record number of 51 that features an auction of hundreds of
teams (18 in the Corporate Cup fashion handbags stuffed with certificates
category, and 33 in the Open for restaurants and spas and other highly
Competition) competing over coveted delights!
the two days. While the Alaskan
Iditarod may be known as “the OFS Board Member Bonnie Wedel-Feicht
Last Great Race on Earth®,” the of Bryan Cave is chair of this year’s purse
St. Louis Idiotarod is more like “It’s The Colliers Hillbillies took on Downtown St. Louey to be first in event. Over 200 purses have been
a Blast Great Race on Earth!” collecting vittles for OFS! donated, including many from Bueno of
California courtesy of Skip Spielberg, also
Through this year’s fundraising efforts, over $26,000 was raised by participating teams an OFS Board Member. Besides designer
in a “virtual food drive” challenge for Operation Food Search. The Colliers Hillbillies and designer-inspired handbags, you
– Colliers International and the Ship Wrecked Idiots were Friday and Saturday’s top will also find evening clutches, vintage
fundraising teams, respectively. pocketbooks, hot totes, colorful carryalls
and much, much more. There is
The race had crowds of spectators gathered in front of Old Post Office Square each something for
day to watch outlandishly dressed teams of people (replacing dogs and mushers) and everyone and
creative-themed grocery carts (replacing sleds) frolic past the Idiotarod’s distinguished we guarantee
judges, Keith Griffin, publisher, Delux Magazine; Andre Hepkins, news anchor, KMOV-TV; — no one
Jeff Babinski, GM, Lumiere Place Hotel and Casino; and Tricia Hamilton, the Gateway will leave this
Mall Project to curry favor before taking to the streets of downtown. Emcee Doug Hall lunch empty
of Talent Plus Entertainment had audiences rolling with his quick wit and ad libs. —handed!
Operation Food Search is What better way
grateful to Partnership for to adorn YOU than
Downtown St. Louis for the with a new purse from this can’t miss
opportunity to partner with event! Not only will you find yourself
this outrageously fun St. Louis with a fresh and captivating accessory,
tradition! Special thanks to you will help feed children and families
Maggie Campbell, President who would otherwise suffer from hunger.
& CEO; Shuntae Shields Ryan,
Senior Director, Marketing Tickets are $25. Tables for 10 may be
& Communications; and reserved with sponsorship recognition for
Lindsay Vanquaethem, Events $500. To reserve your spot, RSVP to Steve
Coordinator. Baer, Steve.Baer@OperationFoodSearch.
Amy Peck Abraham (center) awards the Ship Wrecked Idiots, top fundraisers org or 314-726-5355 x 19 by April 23.
in the Idiotarod’s Open Competition Congratulations to all teams!
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Events and Activities!
• April 28— Girl Scouts of Eastern
Missouri’s April Showers community-
wide personal care item drive
• May 5 — Purses for Pantries —
• May/June — Hunger Never Takes
a Vacation campaign — Schnucks,
Dierbergs, Shop ‘n Save, Straubs
• June 3 — 18th Taste of Clayton —
Brentwood Blvd. (between Forsyth
Blvd. and Maryland Ave.)
• July 1 – 30 — Tomato Explosion
April Showers Brings Hope
with Feast Magazine — at peration Food Search salutes the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri as they celebrate their
participating St. Louis restaurants 100th Anniversary. We also congratulate the girls for their wonderful service to our
community, including the April Showers personal care item drive, which is on April 28th
• July 28 — Saturday Jubilee this year. The items secured through this major collection are distributed by Operation
community-wide food drive Food Search to people in need. Items include toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, diapers,
lotions, shampoo, deodorants, feminine care and shaving products, etc. – which are
• October 8 — Swing to End Hunger
essential to health and hygiene, yet are costly and not covered by food stamps.
golf tournament — WingHaven
For 15 years, the Girl Scouts have partnered with Operation Food Search to distribute
personal care items. An incredible 14,162,596 million items have been collected during
Save the Date! We extend a heartfelt thanks to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri! We also extend our
sincere appreciation to our good friends at A-Mrazek Moving Systems, Cord Moving and
he spring weather is inspiring Storage, and Two Men and a Truck making the logistics of the drive seamless and for
seasoned and novice golfers to get on ensuring the safety of our young Girl Scouts and staff.
the green to start practicing their putts!
By Monday, October 8, golfers should be
in full swing to show us their best shot on
the beautiful, private course at WingHaven Sign Up Now and Get Your Jublilee on!
We are pleased to
announce a triumvirate
V olunteers are needed to help us for
one day, for the purpose of ending
hunger at the 4th Annual Saturday Jubilee
of co-chairs this year to Food Drive. Over 1,500 volunteers are
lead us on the course! needed to position themselves outside
OFS Board Members of 90+ grocery stores throughout
Nate Hall, Anheuser- the St. Louis area to ask shoppers to
Busch, retired; Julie donate food as they shop on the last
Portman, partner, Saturday in July. This is a great volunteer one in every eight
Edward Jones; and opportunity for a church group, individuals struggle
Rick Dorste of Energy corporate group or for the kids to get from hunger and food
Systems Group. involved! We do our best to match your insecurity, including more
group with a grocery store in your local than 150,000 children.
We are also thrilled to announce the neighborhood.
return of the talented culinary team in To get involved, please contact
the Hospitalities Studies program at St. Typically, food donations decline during Volunteer Coordinator Steve Baer:
Louis Community College – Forest Park to the summer months, yet the need is steve.baer@OperationFoodSearch.org
prepare the after golf barbeque. greater with more children home from or 314-726-5355 ext. 19, or visit www.
school. In the St. Louis region, more than saturdayjubilee.com to register on line.
Teams are forming now and Sponsorship
opportunities are available. To sign
up, please contact Karen Klaus at One Day • One Purpose • End Hunger
(314) 726-5355 X 23 or karen.klaus@
OperationFoodSearch.org. 4th ANNUAL SATURDAY JUBILEE FOOD DRIVE, JULY 28, 2012
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Good360 Happens at OFS!
A t Operation Food Search, we understand that providing food helps to meet a crucial
need in our community. However, Operation Food Search does not stop at food. In
an effort to obtain additional items for our network of member agencies, we have secured
a relationship with Good360 to be a Community Redistribution Partner. The partnership
Tomato Explosion is Ripe allows Operation Food Search to access a magnitude of essential items for member
On Track for Summer! agencies such as diapers, paper products, and home décor.
When a family transitions out of a homeless shelter, a primary focus besides putting food
ast year, Feast Magazine and 18 top
on the table is having the funds to pay rent. Most are not prepared for all of the additional
local restaurants partnered with
expenses that come with starting a new home. Many items that Operation Food Search
Operation Food Search for a tasty summer
obtains from Good360 are used to help the transitional housing programs in the area.
restaurant campaign called Tomato
Providing dishes, bedding, and furniture can make all the difference to a family as they exit
Explosion. This delicious campaign raised
a shelter and start their path toward self-sufficiency.
$8,000 to help Operation Food Search
nourish the hungry throughout the
St. Louis region by highlighting a key
ingredient of the Operation Food Search
logo – the tomato!
Be on the lookout for another tomato
explosion this summer as participating
restaurants partner with us to create or
designate a special tomato dish on their
menu for OFS to receive a portion of
“the tomato, star of earth…..offers its gift
of fiery color and cool completeness” Diapers from
– Ode to Tomatoes
– Chilean poet Pablo Neruda from OFS
Operation Food Search was fortunate to obtain a truckload of brand new Tempur-Pedic
mattresses through the Good360 program. We were able to upgrade all the mattresses in
a number of homeless shelters.
Good360 works with large retailers such as WalMart, Home Depot, and Bed, Bath &
Beyond. Those large retailers provide items they have in abundance and items that
have been returned. Previously, those items could have ended up in the trash and
landfills, but now Operation Food Search and Good360 find the perfect agencies to
utilize all of the donated items.
Taste of Clayton Returns!
The City of Clayton is bringing back its
premier restaurant festival, the Taste of
Clayton. The event will take place on
Sunday, June 3rd at a new location – OFS volunteers
North Brentwood between Forsyth and
Maryland. OFS is pleased to partner
with Taste of Clayton and will have
information booths and blue collection
barrels at each end for food donations.
Those who donate 5 cans or $5 will be
entered into a raffle for some big prizes
at the highly-anticipated return of this
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OFS Nutrition Outreach Grows by Leaps and Bounds!
Cooking Matters to Expand Across the State of Missouri!
L ast year was a banner year for
Operation Food Search’s nutrition
education department, showing
remarkable growth in the number of
educational opportunities we were
able to offer to the St. Louis community.
Not only were we able to increase the
number of participants in our Cooking
Matters classes to nearly 700, our overall
graduation rate increased to 85%. In
addition to teaching 57 high-quality
culinary-based nutrition courses (our
goal is to teach 75 courses this year; each
course consists of six weekly two-hour
classes) for free to low-income families
and individuals, we also participated in
over 120 nutrition presentations and
cooking demonstrations, thanks to
the assistance of 43 active volunteers.
Through these educational programs,
our talented nutrition educators shared
valuable information with more than
4,700 members of our community! Montgomery City, Missouri students enjoy Cooking Matters for Kids classes!
Soon Cooking Matters will no longer be In partnership with the University and training their staff to implement
confined to the St. Louis Metro area. of Missouri Extension, OFS has been Cooking Matters courses across the
provided the opportunity to expand the state. We embraced this exciting
Cooking Matters program throughout opportunity to share our knowledge
the entire State of Missouri! and soon began training various
Dispelling the Myth Since 2008, OFS’s Cooking Matters
extension staff on how to set up and
implement Cooking Matters in the
of Planned Giving
program has been a sub-contractor on counties they serve. To date, OFS staff
the Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition has trained 17 extension staff, and five
Assistance Education Program Grant Extension Specialists have implemented
There is a misconception that (SNAP-ED), providing Cooking Matters six Cooking Matters courses and two
planned giving only applies to courses to SNAP or potential SNAP Shopping Matters grocery store tours.
people of great wealth. The recipients in the St. Louis Metro Area. By offering Cooking Matters across
reality is, even people of modest the state we are thrilled to infiltrate
means can make a difference In the spring of 2011, the University the Operation Food Search mission to
through planned giving. of Missouri Extension approached feed the hungry and encourage self-
us about expanding our partnership sufficiency through nutrition education.
Unlike cash donations, planned
gifts are typically made from
assets in your estate rather than
disposable income, and come to
fruition upon your death. The
JOIN THE OFS PLEDGE CLUB TODAY!
most common planned gift is a
bequest in your will or trust. W ithout the work of Operation Food Search contributing
to a healthier more vibrant region, the effects of today’s
economic downturn would be devastating to some of our most
For more information about vulnerable citizens. We couldn’t continue to nourish the hundreds
making a charitable gift now or of thousands of people we do each year without the commitment,
after your lifetime, please contact dedication and consistency of our donors.
Sunny Schaefer at (314) 726-
5355 X 11 or sunny.schaefer@ One of the easiest, most convenient ways to donate is through
OperationFoodSearch.org. our monthly Pledge Program. A donation of a set amount each
month throughout the year sums up to a long-term investment
in the lives of those who struggle with food insecurity and
Certain project costs have been underwritten by the hunger! Consider joining our monthly Pledge Club today!
Missouri Department of Economic Development, Please contact Karen Klaus, (314) 726-5355 X 23 or karen.klaus@
Neighborhood Assistance Program. OperationFoodSearch.org.
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TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS
December 16, 2011 – March 09, 2012
Tribute and memorial gifts may be made online at www.OperationFoodSearch.org, by calling (314) 726-5355 X 19, or by mailing your request along with
a check made payable to Operation Food Search at 6282 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63130-3300. Gifts of $25 or more will be acknowledged in newsFEED.
In Memory of… Eleanor Eidelman
Staff of Operation Food Search
Dr. Scott Nolen and
Clients of Thompson Coburn
Thompson Coburn LLP
Florence Adams Elwyn and Willis Krishnan Ramaswamy Dr. Mark Travis Mary Jo Colagiovanni
Robert N. Hartog Terrece and Renee Dupuis Neela Ramaswamy Dr. Michael O’Connell Deanna Snowden
Rocco Alagna Robert Fox Thomas Rellergert Randell Prosthetics Durb Curlee
Bill and Carol Bennett Phil, Stan and Todd Bassin Vickie Tallman Dr. Allen Sclaroff Ellen Curlee
Lucy Angelers Elenor Freel Father of Dr. and Dr. Robert Shapiro Ryan Cutrell
Mary M. Lieber Terry and Steve Friedman Mrs. James Rohrbaug Dr. Stephen Snitzer Cherisse Patton
Grandfather of Mrs. Benjamin Alice E. Giovannini Dr. and Mrs. George Grossberg Dr. Zach Varble Andrew Davis
Antiveil Albert J. Giovannini Mother of Martha Roulston Dr. Gordon White Nancy Davis
Roberta and Gordon Goldman Norvell Glaser Helene N. Frankel Lew Dental Group Dickie Sprinkle Racing Team
Daniel Belmont Michael and Nancy Turner Beverly Rush Chris and Kathleen Arbak Madalyn Painter
Rose Duncan Dara and Ben Grote Bryan Audrey Coral Ellshoff Craig and Denise Evans
Maye and Elmer Bridges Robert and Marilyn Powers Jim Shadowens David and Martha Aronson Thomas and Suzanne Evans
Jami Markley Bettye Hearsh Staff of Operation Food Search Anne Bauer and Chuck Ferris Kat Flynn
Brother of Sylvia Brooks Marvin and Maxine Goldman Bette Sly Bauer, Albin, Soule, Garnholz Pamela Flynn
Margie and Bob Summers Charles Hippisley Gertrude Recht and Daughters Tom and Kathy Bearman Joyce and John Frey
Eve Brooks R. Michael Fischer Jerry Sobel Lisa Bernhard and Mary Ann and Alan Zaggy
Susan Brooks J. G. Lalumondier Agnes A. Sobel Joe Thornhill Milt Gilbert
Mark Cole Mary K. Schroeder John and Marion Spiess Margaret Donnelly and Lisa Gilbert
Christine Mantych Karen Tanaka Patirica Merola David Riedel Uri Glattstein and
Martha Hermann Cornfeld Lawrence and Georgia L. Thill Stein, Nardie and Sally David Pernikoff
Franklin and Nancy Ferriss Mary Waeltermann Robert H. Thill Bill Eastman Maureen Greenberg
Mary Courtney John Hoyer Herman Turner Jim and Sue Ashwell Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kaufman’s
Sally Miener Alice Sherwood Sandra E. Frisella Helen Fuller 45th Anniversary
John Deering Robert C. Jones, Jr. Emile Wang Cathy Barancik Marvin and Maxine Goldman
Kathleen Torrence Nancy Everett James M. Henderson Laurie Blaes Bob Goldstein, Ray Martin,
Leone Dierberg Bill Kaplan Marian Willbank John Beck’s 50th Birthday Perry Probst
Marilyn Behrens Marvin and Maxine Goldman Nancy Everett James and Anna Niemczyk Tom, Julie, Judith and
John Duepner Connie Karr Pam Belloli Walt Tipton
Christine Ladage Clark Hotaling Grandma and Pappi
Clinton “CT” Dothage Gene Kratschmer In Honor of… Dexter and Lisanne Schraer Douglas Prokopf
Bell and Osborn Shelley Kennon Mr. and Mrs. Ted Berger Kathy Haberer
Joan LaLumondier Abby Mr. and Mrs. Josh Bodine Susan Haberer
Gary and Darlene Buxton J.L. Burggrabe
Russell Buxton Richard and Pamela Bittle Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hieken Dr. and Mrs. Michael Hagen
Jon and Lisa Cavaness and Boys Carolyn Adams and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Karst Sandra Hagen
Wayne Davis Michelle Lowery
James and Jana Davis L.C. Cavaness Mr. and Mrs. Phil Dressel Marlene Schneider
Laura and Brian Faerber Richard B. Adams James M. Henderson Marsha A. Hagen
Jeffery and Carol Ditto Cathy Alvey
Dood’s Barber Shop Paddy and Bill Flatley Laura Bierut Margaret Hall
Bill and Diann Hippisley Nancy Bush Hilary Davidson Deacons Michael and
Darrell and Joyce Dothage Maria Ewen
Bruce and Jeanne Dothage Frances E. Gallagher Mrs. Josephine C. Brodhead Linda Hall
Carol Hippisley Carolyn Fortel Mr. and Mrs. Vance Braxton, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jeffries
Roy and Robbye Dothage Dan Korte
Jerry and Cheryl Dyer Scott and Jane Hippisley Mrs. Joan Crancer John Scott’s Birthday
Keith and Karri Kampwerth Laura Schollmeyer Ms. Joan F. Langenberg Eve McNew
Tim and Peggy Ebbesmeyer Shiela Woods
Denny and Karen Gladieux Robert and Susan Morse Mr. John M. Palumbo Janet Heath
Rick and Lynn Nadler Lisa Woodson Mr. Fairfax F. Pollnow T. Christine Stevens
Harold and Geralyn Gloe Daniel Goldberg
Frank Guerrettaz Henry and Mary Remes Mrs. Julia Scott Marilyn and Clarence Heller
Myers and Rohn Families Al Amato Kathryn C. Palumbo Kathleen Torrence
Nicholas and Amy Haas Becker Dental Group
Mel and Joyce Handlang Marejon Sue Shrode Bobbi Brimer Patrick Hill
Layla and Ginger Dr. Larry Borth and Robert and Louise Nation Laurel Bastian
George and Dana Heath Dr. Mark Mangels
Leslie and Barbra Heidbring Tom Scheifler Buffalo Soldiers MC Miss Jackie Hoeferlin and
Victor T. Le Vine Dr. Peter Crump Southwest Illinois Mrs. Wuerffel
Lonnie and Joyce Hollaway Dr. John Dahm
Bryan and Deidre Lubs Nathalie Le Vine Sonju Goodwin Nancy Slade
Christine Mantych Dr. Eric Foss Leslie Clark Joy and Carolyn
Michael and Amie McMullen Dr. Douglas Fox
Richard Mertens Mark Cole Gail and Jim Riesnemy Cheryl Lynn Cavallo
Lisa A. McDaniels Dr. Eugenio Herbosa, Bradley Clements and Ken and Maggi
Sharon Nelson-Salvator Dr. John Monterubio,
Pendleton Methodist Church Sharon and Ronald Schodroski John Moore Lynn Harris
Amanda Milla and Dr. Ken Rotskoff Sally and John VanDoren Mary Joan Kenny
Mark and Reva Pollard Jacobi Dental Lab
Chris and Kathy Pottebaum Helen Fuller Nancy and John Ross Patrick Kenny
Helen Moeller Dr. George Kyd and Liz McCloskey and Robert and Beverly Kersting
Marty and Barb Schneider Dr. Tom Schaberg
Gary and Teresa Scott Howard F. Moeller Peter Leibold Bob Klaus
Larry Muckensturm Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Lease Gianna Jacobson and Jim and Barb Kick
Keith and Janet Sutherland Dr. Harvey Lehrer
Steven and Linda Vohsen Steven Thomas Todd Siwak Timothy J. Halls, Moneta Group
Matthew Neal Dr. Larry Levens Jeanne and Steve Maritz David and Becky Knape
Todd and Gail Williams Dr. Alan Levi
Howard and Maxine Witte Skip and Elaine Spielberg George and Paul Martin Joan Knape
Thomas Pallett II Drs. Levitt, Appelbaum, Laura and John Meyer Keith and Cheryl Kowalczyk
Weir Parts Center Dill and Varble
Kimi Durham Jodie Paschedag Carrie and Bill Polk Bobbi Brannan
Mary Paz Major Dental Lab Michele and Clark Thomas Robbie Foppiano
Stephen and Joyce Best Dr. Charles Meyer
Marlene Gummers Mary and Tom Stillman
Midwest Dental Lab Tributes & Memorials
Continued on page 6
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The Gorilla Challenge OFS Volunteer Recognized at Molina Healthcare’s
Races into St. Louis to 2012 Community Champions Awards!
Food Search C ongrats to Amy Peck Abraham, Operation Food Search volunteer and culinary
and nutrition educator for winning Community Champion Award from Molina
Healthcare in March. The Award recognizes exemplary individuals who strive to enrich the
lives of those who may be under-served or face barriers receiving quality health care.
Amy has been a valuable asset to Operation Food Search and the families we serve as
an educator in our Cooking Matters nutrition education program, which encourages
self-sufficiency through hands-on classes on proper nutrition, healthy cooking and food
budgeting skills. With her affinity for teaching the culinary portion of the program,
Amy can be found reaching out to adults who use food stamps, or facilitating a unique
hands-on teen nutrition class at a St. Louis City alternative high school. She joyfully
Y ou’ve always boasted that if a game
show combined the adventure of The
Amazing Race, the trivia of Jeopardy, and
makes each class her own, as if reaching out to her own family to share applicable real
life skills from her own experiences.
the miscellaneous skills — or lack thereof In typical Amy fashion, she delighted in the opportunity to “pay it forward,” designating
— of Fear Factor, you’d own it. the $1,000 grant award she received at Molina’s Community Champions Celebration to
Operation Food Search. We are fortunate for Amy’s fierce dedication to make St. Louis a
Here’s your chance! Gorilla Challenge better place, one nutritious meal at a time!
is coming to Downtown St. Louis on
Saturday, April 21st and it’s going to be
more fun then a barrel of Gorillas! Your
team will race around the city looking
for clues and completing challenges
In Honor of...
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(sometimes even gross ones!), while
Cheryl Holtmann Irene Ryan
hoping to win the grand prize or mini- Zhimin Wang Tom Niemeier
prizes along the way. There will also be a George Lacy Al Salsich
costume contest and a food drive with a Richard Lacy Charles P. Derleth, Jr.
special prize given to the team collecting Mary Lieber Tony Sauber
the MOST non-perishable food items for Arthur Lieber Pam Sauber
Robert Lieber and Annette Sobol Steve and Mary Schoolman
Operation Food Search! OFS representatives Arthur Lieber Arthur Lieber
will be on hand get the crowd pumped Ryan Machkovech Pippin Schupbach
with help from our volunteers manning Heather Machkovech Corinne Berger
an OFS Challenge Station. Jim Martin Ann Shadowens
Graham Day Patirica Ann Godfrey
Burt Mayfield Kristin Soifer
The race will begin and end at the Jean Parker Jonathan Soifer
Over/Under Sports Bar and Grill, 911 Jerry Meesey Chris and Anne Sommers
Washington Avenue. To register, visit John Hagar Christopher Clausen
www.gorillachallenge.com. Billy Miller Michael Stokes
Laura Mulqueeny Jacob Speller’s Bar Mitzvah
Fabian Ocampo’s Special Birthday Victoria Dillon
Use the promo code: ofsrocks and get Skip and Elaine Spielberg Standard Machine & Mfg. and DEMA Engineering
in for $20, with $5 donated to Operation Our Grandchildren Management Staff
Food Search for every registration. Each Larry and Pat Nelson Jeremy, Jonathan, David and Glen Deutsch
Our Family and Friends Ann Sullivan
team member will receive a T-shirt, race Mary Kellog and Bob Powers Peyton Manwarring
bib, map, and enjoy live entertainment, Percy May Georgine Sutter
food, and beverage specials after the race Michelle Peoples Ruth Nolle
(a $55 value). Patricia Dee Dee Tate
Terri Brugnara Helen Fuller
Brian Pinkley Thompson Coburn Clients and Associates
Join the Gorilla Challenge and support Phyllis Adams Thompson Coburn LLP
OFS in a very unique way. King Kong- Monsignor Sal Polizzi Lydia Thoroughman
sized fun is a given! St. Roch’s School Elizabeth Pickard
Warren Pouyer’s Birthday Matt Trudell
Maury and Roberta Goldfeder Martha Trudell
Paul Radzom Tim and Betsy Vincente
Anthony Rothert Timothy J. Halls, Moneta Group
Grover C. Ripley Bradley Wacker
Kelly Wiethuchter George and Alixa Wacker
Meg Rule and Annelise Robey Alexander and Jackson Wellmon
Karen Witmer-Gow Farnell Parsons
St. Louis Headquarters • 314-726-5355 Clients at Rosette Beauty Shop Kate Wilson
O’Fallon Satellite • 636-544-3500 John S. Scott Cindy Wilson
www.OperationFoodSearch.org Rebecca Rust
www.facebook.com/OperationFoodSearch Mary Marth
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Thank You OFS O’Fallon
A big thanks to the
St. Louis Blues for
partnering with Operation A heartfelt thanks to the following he St. Louis Small Business
Food Search for a non- companies and foundations for recent Monthly and Constant Contact
perishable food collection major gifts to OFS: present The Playbook Conference,
at the Scottrade Center • Bunge North America Foundation a seminar designed to enhance
during the March 27th game between the • Enterprise Holdings Foundation business sales and marketing plans,
Blues and the Nashville Predators. We are • Express Scripts Foundation on Wednesday, May 16 at the St.
grateful to volunteers from Schnuck’s and • National Cart Company Charles Convention Center. One
from RGA who helped that evening and to • Pershing Charitable Trust hundred percent of the $20.00
all the Blues fans who provided the food • Stern Brothers & Co. conference registration fee will be
items. All of you fought hunger and there • St. Louis Claims Manager’s Council donated to Operation Food Search.
are no penalties for that kind of fighting! • The Max and Drew Erlich Foundation To register, visit www.sbmon.com.
• The Sidener Foundation
Kudos to LoRusso’s Cucina for an Empty Bowls X 2 for
outstanding 15th Anniversary Pasta Bowl!
Since its inception, the Pasta Bowl has
A warm thanks to Dierbergs Markets and
its customers during the Hunger Never
OFS O’ Fallon!
raised over $60,000 for Operation Food Takes a Holiday campaign. Customers Lake St. Louis–Dardenne Prairie
Search by featuring pasta dishes from were given the opportunity to select $1, Area Chamber of Commerce and
recipes submitted by customers. Each $5 or $10 donation coupons to add to Lake Forest Country Club are
year, the Pasta Bowl’s winning dish, based their shopping bill, resulting in $27,645 pleased to present Jazz on the
on votes by those attending the dinner, for Operation Food Search! In addition, Green on Friday, May 20 at the
gets featured on LoRusso’s menu for an Dierbergs offered prepackaged $5 and country club. The OFS O’Fallon
entire year and each time this dish is $10 bags of groceries for customers to distribution center will be selling
ordered, OFS receives $2. Rich LoRusso purchase during the holidays, bringing us Empty Bowls crafted by noted
made a special announcement at the 9,475 bags of groceries to distribute! ceramicist Bob Allen at this event.
anniversary dinner that he is pleased Jazz on the Green will also feature
to continue the Pasta Bowl tradition to music, wine tastings, great food
benefit Operation Backpack, our weekend Moving forward! Thank you to St. Louis and other artworks by local
nutrition program for children. Jefferson Waste Management for artisans. For more information, visit
donating funds to purchase a refrigerated www. lsldpchamber.com
truck for our meat distribution program;
Wow! Over the past 10 years, the Hearts and to the Norman J. Stupp Foundation,
for Hunger campaign of St. Louis Public Commerce Bank Trustee and to the
Schools has collected over 1,000,000 Sunnen Foundation for grants to
cans of food for OFS! Major Thanks for purchase a new van for food pick ups.
this Major Milestone!
To help OFS alleviate hunger, the Whole
Digest this! Operation Food Search’s new Foods Market - Brentwood and Town and
meat distribution program, in partnership Country locations provided customers and
with Schnuck Market’s has resulted in team members the opportunity to donate
565,000 lbs. of frozen meat donations to at the cash register and collected $7,379
Operation Food Search! during the 2nd Bag Hunger campaign for
Operation Food Search.
The Meadows Shopping Plaza in
Meet Melissa Lake St. Louis will host an Empty
Bowls event on Saturday June 9
M elissa Mobely, MPH, joined staff in November
and is running our weekend nutrition program,
Operation Backpack. Before joining OFS, Melissa was
from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is the
3rd bowl event at the Meadows
where the public may purchase
a treasured volunteer at our Cooking Matters classes. one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls by
She has a passion for health, wellness and nutrition several local artists and craftsman.
and a strong interest in promoting health education for The event will also feature a pottery
children. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys bike riding, demonstration by Bob Allen of the
cooking, gardening, cheering on the Mizzou Tigers, and Foundry Art Centre.
spending time with her husband, Brad.
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St. Louis Headquarters ST. LOUIS, MO
6282 Olive Blvd. PERMIT NO. 495
St. Louis, Mo 63130
Purses for Pantries
Luncheon & Auction
Saturday, May 5th
at Orlando Gardens
Saint Louis Bread Company is SOUPER!
S aint Louis Bread Company has long
demonstrated its philanthropy and
commitment to Operation Food Search
and the St. Louis community. Most
recently, Saint Louis Bread Company
invited Operation Food Search to partner
in its Warm-Up Wednesday food drive on
Leap Day. Customers who donated three
non-perishable food items at the bakery-
cafés throughout the bi-state area that
day were given a coupon for a free cup
of Saint Louis Bread Company soup. The
drive resulted in 22,000 pounds of food
collected to feed hungry citizens! Now
that’s what we call a win-win!
We are also deeply grateful for the grant of $63,908 we received last month from Saint Louis Bread Company’s Community
Bread Box program, a component its overall philanthropy program, Operation Donation. Through the Community Bread Box,
customers have the opportunity to donate their spare change at café counters. These donations are then partially matched
by Saint Louis Bread Company. Over the years, grants from this program have provided nearly $1,000,000 to Operation Food
Search to nourish hungry people.
Operation Food Search congratulates Saint Louis Bread Company for hungering to make a difference in our community!
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