Congratulations! Last month’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive yielded more than 74 million pounds of food that helped restock food banks, pantries, and shelters around the country. According to the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), that’s 5 percent higher than last year, the largest increase in contributions in a decade and the second largest in the drive’s 21-year history. Wow.
Hunger touches about 50 million people in the U.S. Oklahoma residents, who contributed to the food drive in record numbers, also became recipients of the public’s generosity. “Thanks to Oklahoma City area letter carriers, nearly 320,000 pounds of food was collected during the Food drive,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma network. “These much-needed donations were immediately available to families and individuals affected by the May tornadoes.”
Also, some areas in the northeast affected by Hurricane Sandy, including in Vermont and New Jersey, set food-collection records despite the hardships residents have suffered.
National partners for the food drive included USPS, the NALC, Feeding America, Campbell Soup Co., AARP, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Valassis/Red Plum, United Way Worldwide, AFL-CIO, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, GLS Companies, Source Direct Plastics, and the Publix grocery store chain. Rural carriers and other postal employees, along with members of other unions and civic volunteers, also participated in the one-day event.
Did you contribute food this year? Thank you.