Contacts: Paul Simon, Communications Specialist
Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Shelly Baldinger, Regional Development Dir.
Sunny Schaefer, Executive Director
Operation Food Search
July 28, 2006
Program Proceeds To Be Divided Between Operation Food Search And The Salvation Army
ST. LOUIS - Schnuck Markets, Inc., in partnership with Emmis Communications, will kick off Operation Re-Stock, a scan-and-give fundraiser to benefit area residents served by The Salvation Army and Operation Food Search.
As hours without power turned into days for many in the metropolitan area, freezers and refrigerators were emptied and the contents thrown away. This has created a hardship to many area residents who must now restock to feed their families. However, help is on the way. Starting July 31 and running through Aug. 27, Schnucks customers will notice Operation Re-Stock placards at each check stand that offer the option of donating $3, $5 or $10 to the two charities. The amount they choose is scanned and added to their grocery bill.
Scott Schnuck, president and CEO of Schnuck Markets, Inc., explained, "We believe that Operation Re-Stock is the most efficient way for Schnucks to partner with relief agencies in addressing the immediate need for food in homes throughout our community. We know the challenges our customers face; we've faced many of the same over the past few days. We want to be there to help."
Operation Food Search Executive Director Sunny Schaefer explains that the need is widespread in our community. "Typically, Operation Food Search serves 100,000 people each month and we expect that number to climb significantly over the next few days," says Schaefer. "The problem is that there is a serious shortage of food. Approximately 200 of our 300 pantries lost all perishable products during the power outage. Likewise, our grocery donors, including Schnucks, the largest contributor to our food bank, also experienced product loss so there is less food available. Operation Re-Stock will go a long way toward feeding St. Louis families in need."
According to Shelly Baldinger, regional development director of The Salvation Army, the agency is providing and distributing up to 50,000 meals a day in the greater metro area. "We aim to do whatever we can to ensure the health and welfare of the children in our region. Over the past few days, the resources of local families have been greatly stressed and they are depending on us for support. Operation Re-Stock will go a long way toward helping them replenish their pantries and freezers."
Established in 1981 to address the growing problem of hunger, Operation Food Search has become the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state area helping to feed the region's poor. Operation Food Search distributes more than one million pounds of food and household items to 300 community partner agencies that in turn feed 100,000 poor people every single month. Nearly half the recipients are children. The OFS service area includes 30 Illinois and Missouri counties surrounding the city of St. Louis.
The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been serving the St. Louis region for 126 years. The Salvation Army is serving community members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 102 stores (including five Logli stores) and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi and Iowa. Schnucks is the single largest donor to Operation Food Search giving more than $3 million in food annually.
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