26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Letter Carrier Olympics 2018

Letter Carrier Olympics 2018

The Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Stamp Out Hunger makes it easy for people to donate food, which makes it one of the most successful food drives, said Beth Burrell, spokeswoman for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. It's a chance to donate to your community food bank and help those in need in your immediate area.

This saturday Postal Carriers will collect non-perishable food donations.

Hunger, the partnership points out, affects 42.2 million people around the country, including 13.1 million children. Representatives from one of those organizations, Harvest of Blessing Food and Clothing Bank, says it's fantastic how much the community cares.

The collected food was distributed to the Altoona Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Food for Families Soup Kitchen, Sister Pauline's Food for Families, Sacred Heart Food Pantry and First Baptist Reapers.

Every year the National Association of Letter Carriers asks mail carriers to pick up donations along their normal route, no matter the weather. This is a nationwide food drive, so everyone can participate.

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"While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed".

Last year, the food drive surpassed a billion pounds in its 26-year history.

"This particular drive, historically, has provided 70, 80, 90,000 pounds of food", said Deem.

"All of the food collected stays in the local communities", Blackledge said.

Schenkelberg says food pantries see dwindling supplies in the springtime, but each year Green Bay's generosity seems to grow.

Volunteers also help them out.

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