Letter carriers collected an estimated 7,380 pounds of donated non-perishable food on Saturday May 14th – surpassing the original estimate of 7,200 pounds. Donations continue to arrive.
Debbie Brown of Dublin’s United State Postal Service (USPS) shared, “Thank you to our generous Dublin residents for an overwhelming response!”
♥︎ Dublin Food Pantry volunteers met the letter carriers at the pantry to unload items. Director of Operations Jim Wilson thanked the teams of volunteers noting that volunteers “worked to sort each and every donated item. Dates are checked, each item is stored so that volunteers who pack items can access needed items quickly. Our pantry volunteers are incredible and we really appreciate everyone who helped make this food drive happen!”
Dublin Food Pantry customer numbers have tripled since the pandemic has begun and, in fact, 2022 has seen more need.
The donation hallway is open every day from 7:30am – 7:30pm and receipts are always available.
ABOUT STAMP OUT HUNGER:
First held in 1983, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, is the country’s largest one-day food drive and provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need. The food donations stay in each community, going to help local residents.
Returning in 2022 after a two-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, the
,30th Food Drive will be held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
“Letter carriers are a part of every neighborhood in the nation,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and we see the growing need for food assistance in our communities. On Saturday, May 14, NALC invites everyone to participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Together, we can help stamp out hunger in America.”
The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations because of the long term need.
Several national partners are assisting NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Vericast, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak, the Kellogg Co. and CVS Health.
This year’s effort includes a public service announcement featuring letter carriers and NALC President Rolando: https://youtu.be/dhfHDGkdUsQ
People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to https://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
More information about Dublin Food Pantry can be found at www.dublinfoodpantry.org
– Patte Widerschein