May 18 at 7:12pm
2016 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collects over 60,000 pounds of food
On Saturday, May 14th, 2016, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) collected food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger. The donations collected in the Escondido area were brought to Interfaith to help stock Julia’s Pantry, our emergency food pantry.
Celebrating its 24th anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception as a national food drive in 1993. This year, the nation’s 180,000 letter carriers collected food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and delivered them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations, such as Interfaith Community Services.
“The ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive is the single most significant food drive that we have every year,” said Jerry Morgan, Director of Basic Needs at Interfaith Community Services. “It is held the second Saturday in May every year, which just so happens to be about the time we start running out of the food we collected during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.”
With all contributions, ranging from pasta, to canned fruits & vegetables, to cereal and more, from the Escondido area donated to Interfaith, 62,215 pounds of food replenished our emergency food pantry this year – the largest donation Interfaith has received from the Stamp Out Hunger food drive to date.
Interfaith thanks the members of the Escondido community that donated to Stamp Out Hunger this year and looks forward to another successful food drive in 2017!