(KMOV.com) -- Food banks are struggling to keep up with the growing need in the St. Louis area, and thieves that struck an O'Fallon, Missouri warehouse are not making the situation any easier.
Every dollar counts at "Operation Food Search," an organization that provides struggling families with food and other basic necessities. The thieves struck their O'Fallon food warehouse some time before Monday morning. Reportedly, the thieves took at least $5,000 worth of computer equipment including three computers, two printers, two GPS navigation devices and a digital camera.
The food supply at the warehouse is low and that could mean even less food for the hungry, especially after the theft. The warehouse usually has enough stock to feed 24,000 residents in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties each month. The charity collects thousands of donated food items every week and distributes them to churches and charities which operate food pantries in the three county area.
News 4's Robin Smith talked to Karen Gladieux who is the outreach director for Operation Food Search. She asked if the theft will make it harder to help those in need. Gladieux said if you replace the $5,000 worth of equipment, that means you will have $5,000 less food available for those who need it.
Fortunately, some members from the business community in Wentzville and O'Fallon are helping the charity. They still need more donations though. If you would like to make a donation to Operation Food Search, find out how by visiting their website here.