St. LOUIS (KMOV) — Food costs are becoming so high that many Metro families can’t afford it and are going hungry. Operation Food Search tells News 4 they are seeing more people in their pantry because of inflation.
“These much higher prices make it harder to put food on the table,” says Operation Food Search President and CEO Kristen Wild. “Some families that may never have struggled before are struggling now.”
Operation Food Search serves 27 counties in Missouri and Illinois. The organization relies on local grocery stores and generous donations to get them through the year.
On Friday, they gave away 1,000 turkeys and dozens of boxes of food to those in need. There were cars waiting for food since 7am
“They were willing to wait four hours for this distribution to begin, and we shouldn’t have this level of need anywhere in our country,” says Wild. “Our own neighbors in the St. Louis region are struggling so much to make sure they can feed their children, feed their family and their friends. It’s heartbreaking.”
“I’ve seen it growing up and we see it now too. It’s hard to go to school and you don’t have your basic needs covered. So if you’re hungry and cold, how can you go out to learn”. says Missouri Community Partners CEO Henry Shannon Jr.
Shannon owns Montrey’s in Ferguson. On Saturday, Nov. 12, the business owner will host a coat drive in the salon parking lot at 401 S. Florissant from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All clothing, jackets and coats will be given to deserving families. Residents are encouraged to bring someone in need free food and care cards.
“There are enough good people around to try to help those who don’t have a little life. If we can continue to do that and meet those basic needs, I think things will be a lot better for everyone,” says Shannon.
“Kindness just poured out of St. Louisans and we’re so grateful,” says Wild.
“Keep your head up. Things will get better and there are people here to help you,” says Shannon.
For more information on Missouri Community Partners’ November Coat Drive, call 314-920-2949.
To volunteer, donate or receive food at Operation Food Search, visit operationfoodsearch.org.
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