Improving access to healthy, affordable food, Schnuck Markets, Inc. donated $15,000 to Operation Food Search (OFS) to help the nonprofit organization Metro Market get fresh produce in underserved areas of St. Louis.
MetroMarket, a mobile grocery store that brings healthy, affordable food to the food desert communities of St. Louis, was founded in 2016 and reaches out to neighborhoods where access to fresh, healthy food is limited. The bus runs Wednesday through Saturday, April through November, with two-hour stops at designated partner locations.
Schnucks’ donation will be used by OFS to distribute 2,000 $5 fresh produce vouchers to members and patients of four area organizations (500 vouchers each) which can then be redeemed at the MetroMarket mobile grocer:
An additional $5,000 will allow MetroMarket to make five flexible weekend stops at additional community sites.
“TO Schnucks, we believe it is our duty to support our communities by helping to address food insecurity and hunger in the areas we serve, and our largest partner in this endeavor in the St. Louis area is Operation Food Search”, said Schnucks Director of Community Engagement and Customer Service, Schron Jackson. “Our mission to nourish people’s lives goes far beyond the food we sell in our stores. We are also committed to ensuring that those who need it most have fresh, nutritious food for themselves and their families.
Schnucks’ partnership with OFS dates back over 40 years, and in that time the family-owned retailerhas donated more than $185 million in food to support the nonprofit and its partner food pantries. Fifty-three percent of all food donated to OFS is donated by Schnucks, making the regional grocer the largest contributor to the organization.
“This most recent contribution from Schnuck Markets shows how our partnership continues to evolve,” said Kristen Wild, President and CEO of St. Louis. FSO. “Schnucks not only supports our legacy programs that help meet immediate food needs, but they also strengthen our innovative programs, such as St. Louis MetroMarket. These vouchers will allow shoppers with little access to fresh produce to buy larger quantities of healthy food from our mobile market. »
Schnucks donates more than $13 million in food each year to food pantries that help those in need.
Based in Saint Louis Schnucks operates more than 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, and employs 12,000 associates. The company was one of two grocers selected for the list of America’s Best Managed Companies this year. Schnucks is No. 64 on the 2022 PG 100 list, Progressive Grocer of leading food and consumables retailers in North America.