Dierbergs Markets Launches Virtual Food Pantry to Benefit Operation Food Search

Dierbergs Markets Launches Virtual Food Pantry to Benefit Operation Food Search

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2020
(Updated May 18, 2020)

Dierbergs Markets launched a new online donation program this week to maximize support for Operation Food Search, a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

“There is a critical need in our communities and a growth in numbers for those who are at risk of hunger,” said Laura Dierberg Padousis, VP and Secretary of Dierbergs Markets. The Virtual Pantry, accessible on Dierbergs.com/ofs, gives people an easy opportunity to support these individuals. Donations made to the Virtual Pantry will be used to purchase groceries with Dierbergs buying power to ship directly to Operation Food Search for distribution. Until June 7th, anyone choosing to donate online can select a $5 bag or a $10 bag.

To compliment this effort, there will also be an opportunity for our customers to purchase Virtual Bags for OFS at our registers in store as well. So far in 2020, Dierbergs customers have donated more than $60,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic through a separate cash campaign at our registers.

Dierbergs has also partnered with generous vendors who have pledged to support this program. KTVI and KPLR are proud to support the effort along with other partners Krey Distributing, Anheuser-Busch, Murphy Company, Payne Family Homes, Technology Partners and Rossman School. Dierbergs is encouraging other local businesses to join the effort!

“There are many in our community that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in an unprecedented way for their families. We are thankful to have such generous customers and community partners to help us get truckloads of food to Operation Food Search so that they may distribute meals to those families,” said Padousis. “We are all in this together, and the kindness that our customers and community partners have shown is exceptional.”

The Virtual Pantry is currently live on Dierbergs.com/ofs.

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Dierbergs Markets 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. Dierbergs 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.

Operation Food Search distributes more than 35 million dollars’ worth of food and necessities to 330 community partners in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties and in the city of St. Louis. Hunger is a serious problem in the bi-state region, but it is solvable. With the help of partners, volunteers and donors, OFS is working together to build a healthy and vibrant region. As always, Operation Food Search (OFS) is committed to providing immediate food assistance to those in need. OFS is in close contact with community food partners, local and state government officials and stakeholders so they may respond swiftly and responsibly to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. In addition to continuing their regular food distribution serving 200,000 people a month, OFS is providing emergency food packs to numerous school districts, independent schools and community sites.

Media Contact:
Jamie Collins
636-532-8884 or collinsj @ dierbergs.com