Hungry Families Benefit - Dierbergs, Operation Food Search Partner to Feed Those in Need Throughout the Holiday Season

Hungry Families Benefit - Dierbergs, Operation Food Search Partner to Feed Those in Need Throughout the Holiday Season

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2019

Dierbergs Markets has kicked off their annual “Hunger Never Takes A Holiday” campaign, providing food donations to Operation Food Search; a local organization focused on feeding families in the bi-state area.

Dierbergs partners year-round with Operation Food Search to bring food to those at risk of hunger in our community by donating almost 1.6 million of pounds of food per year. The campaign, which will run through January 6, 2020 invites customers to make contributions at the check-out. Customers can elect to donate a $4.95 bag of food to feed a family of two or a $9.97 bag of food to feed a family of four. Throughout the donation campaign, Dierbergs sends the food donations directly to Operation Food Search.

In 2018, Dierbergs customers helped provide than $76,000 worth of food to local families in need and is hoping to exceed that total this year. “We thank our generous customers and associates for helping support our partnership with Operation Food Search for so many years. Being able to provide so much for those in need, especially during the holidays, is truly a blessing. We hope that through our food donations and volunteer effort we can bring some joy to each family we are able to touch through Operation Food Search this holiday season.” said Laura Dierberg Padousis, Vice President and Secretary of Dierbergs Markets.

Additionally, this year, Dierbergs leadership and associates will come together in December to volunteer and assist in sorting and distributing the donated food to local food banks that support families in need during the holidays.

"We are truly grateful for our forty-year partnership with Dierbergs Markets and for the vital work they enable us to do,” said Kristen Wild, Executive Director of Operation Food Search. “Because of their generosity of both Dierbergs and donations from their customers, we have fed hundreds of thousands of people and provided crucial services to our neighbors in need."

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Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education and is the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state region. 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.

Dierbergs Markets traces its roots to a country store founded in 1854 in West St. Louis County. Four generations have managed the company, which had only one location until 1967. Today, Dierbergs employs more than 4,000 Associates in 24 St. Louis metropolitan-area stores and a location at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.

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