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At 9 a.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 11, Patricia Love of Creve Coeur will don a hard hat and climb into the cab of a McCarthy Construction Company "chomper," pull a lever, and send a huge mechanical claw smashing into the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' parking garage at the corner of Fourth and St. Charles streets in downtown—all to help feed the hungry.
Love is one of hundreds of the Reserve Bank's employees who made a donation to Operation Food Search for the chance to begin destruction of the garage, which is the latest phase in the St. Louis Fed's renovation of its downtown headquarters. Once the garage is removed, six floors of office space are planned to be added to the site.
All donations raised by the Reserve's Bank's employees for Wednesday's event will go to Operation Food Search, which supplies 95,000 people on both sides of the river with food and other necessities each month. Each summer, the St. Louis Fed employees stage their "Canned Film Festival," the largest employee-managed food drive in the St. Louis area. The Canned Film Festival supplies about 50 percent of what Operation Food Search takes in each year from food drives in the metropolitan area.
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