Sunny Schaefer: Healthy Living Advocate Award

Sunny Schaefer: Healthy Living Advocate Award

Sunny Schaefer |Executive Director, Operation Food Search

Steadfast efforts to reduce hunger and promote nutrition in the community


The Healthy Living Advocate Award is presented to Operation Food Search (OFS) Executive Director Sunny Schaefer for leading efforts to reduce hunger and promote nutrition in the St. Louis community, including partnerships with Mathews-Dickey on Cooking Matters, Top Kids Chef and our other Healthy Living programs. Shaefer will accept the award on stage at the Martin L. Mathews Awards Program & Benefit Concert during Mathews-Dickey’s Family Reunion Weekend.

As OFS’ leader for the past 17 years, Schaefer takes a lead role in the fight to alleviate hunger in the bi-state region. Established in 1981, OFS is the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state region, sharing more than $3 million 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.

In addition to guiding the organization’s primary effort to collect and distribute food, Schaefer has pioneered programs on nutrition education for low income adults and children, and the new child-focused hunger relief program, Operation Backpack, which provides children with weekend food. When not working, Sunny enjoys walking, biking, reading and doting on her young grandchildren.