May 2, 2017
by Jim Richardson
The 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place on May 13, 2017. That's the day when people across the country leave cans and boxes of food for their letter carriers to collect. Ever wonder what happens with all that food?
In our area, it goes to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and it takes a small army of volunteers to get it there. All of the donated food will be sorted at our main post office, and then packed up for delivery to the food bank.
Stamp Out Hunger, the nation's largest single-day food drive, was created by the National Association of Letter Carriers in response to the needs they saw every day on their routes. Last year, the letter carriers collected a record 80 million pounds of nonperishable food nationwide.
The event is well timed, too. As the end of the school year approaches, thousands of children who rely on free and reduced school breakfasts and lunches will go hungry this summer without your help.
"We're grateful to our community letter carriers who make this single-day, national food drive possible each year," said Abena Foreman-Trice, Communications Director for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. "Their efforts help us stock our shelves heading into the summer months, when donations tend to drop."
How to volunteer:
Please contact Caroline Emerson, United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-972-1701 to sign up.
Here are the details regarding the commitment you'll be making to volunteer:
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Location: Charlottesville Main Post Office, Route 29N
Hours: 3-7 pm.
Volunteers must be 16 or older and must be able to commit to a 2-hour time slot, rain or shine. Sturdy closed-toed shoes are a must. You must be fit enough to lift 20-pound boxes many times during your shift.
How to donate
Please don't forget to leave a bag of non-perishable food for your letter carrier. Here's a link to all the info you need about how to make a donation. Thank you for helping to feed our community!