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Giving Back with Operation Food Search

As part of our strategic plan M+H Architects is dedicated to giving back to our community.  We have enjoyed finding creative ways to give back through events like Walk for Wishes, Toys for Tots, Blood Drives, and mentoring young architecture students just to name a few.  Last week we got to do something truly unique, we got to give back to one of our clients!

We just finished up the design and construction for the new Operation Food Search Headquarters in Overland, MO.  They had outgrown their old space in University City and were looking for something that was fresh and fun with room for expansion.  We figured there was no better way to celebrate this successful project than volunteering our time to help them achieve their mission; which is to nourish and educate their neighbors in need to heal the hurt of hunger.

Last week 26 of our team members, including O’Toole Design Associates (ODA), who were the interior designers on the project, headed to Operation Food Search to dedicate our time sorting and boxing food for them to distribute to the community. After we all arrived we got the grand tour from Sunny, the Executive Director, but we quickly got to work in the warehouse.

We were given our instructions and hit the ground running.  Everyone naturally fell into an organized assembly line consisting of people getting items out of large bins, sorting the items, marking the items, packing the boxes, and stacking the completed boxes on pallets.  It came very natural for us and ODA to quickly get organized and efficiently pack the boxes.  After all the large bins were empty, and there were no more items to pack, we calculated that we packed 140 boxes in 45 minutes, meaning we filled just over 3 boxes every minute!

We are so thankful to partner with organizations like Operation Food Search and are thrilled to be a part of something that has such a huge impact on our community.  Operation Food Search is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.  Established in 1981, they are the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state region.  They distribute more than 3 million dollars’ worth of food and household essentials to 330 community partner agencies, which in turn feeds 200,000 people in need each month – nearly one-third of whom are children.