Press release submitted by Marci Zogg|
Saturday, May 12 Marks 20 Years of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
On Saturday, May 12, United Way of the Quad Cities Area, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the River Bend Foodbank will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive by partnering to help put food on the tables of Quad Citians at risk of hunger.
"United Way is honored to have been a partner of this larger collaboration to advance the common good for 20 years in partnership with our local unions and union workers," said Scott Crane, president of United Way. "This year our goal is to collect 60,000 pounds of food for those in need. We hope you will Live United on Saturday, May 12 and strengthen our community by donating non-perishable food items at your mailbox."
To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail deliver on May 12. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Items in demand include:
- Canned soups
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut butter
- Green beans
- Juice boxes
Letter carriers will collect the donations during their normal Saturday delivery and bring them to the River Bend Foodbank. Quad Citians without a mailbox wishing to participate in this effort should contact their local post office for more details.
"We greatly need food right now to re-stock our shelves so we can help the more 10,000 people served through our distribution network. Even one can of food can make a difference especially when you consider that 40% of the food people donate will end up on the plate of a child. We are really fortunate to live in such a generous and caring community, and we are confident that people will continue to support Stamp Out Hunger this year as they have for the past 20 years," says Tom Laughlin, executive director of River Bend Foodbank. "We also really appreciate the efforts of all the letter carriers and volunteers who work so hard on this day to help their neighbors in need."
In 2011 Quad City letter carriers and volunteers collected nearly 47,000 pounds of food donations. Collections from the food drive will benefit the River Bend Foodbank located in Moline, IL. The food bank is the largest relief organization in the bi-state region serving 300 feeding programs and distributing 7 million pounds of food a year to a twenty-two county area in and around the Quad Cities.
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