Thanks to many generous Rhode Islanders – and their letter carriers – the Rhode Island Community Food Bank received nearly 92,000 pounds of food
through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11. That’s up more than 30,000 pounds over last year’s results.
For the 27th year, members of National Association of Letter Carrier collected bags of healthy, non-perishable food items left at mailboxes by postal customers. In addition to the 92,000 pounds delivered to the Food Bank, many local pantries received thousands of pounds of food directly from nearby post offices increasing the total amount of food collected.
“We’re so thrilled with the success of the food drive this year – and with the support we received from the Letter Carriers and their customers.” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Food Bank. “We rely on the food collected during this drive to feed children during the summer months when they are no longer receiving free and reduced-price lunches at school.”
Food donations are always welcomed at the Food Bank and local food pantries. Most-needed items include canned soups and vegetables, peanut butter, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, canned beans, tuna, and healthy cereals. As always, the food collected will be sorted by volunteers who check for use-by dates and damaged packaging.
This event is part of a national effort to fight hunger. Across the country, partners supporting Stamp Out Hunger include the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), United States Postal Service (USPS), National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), AFL-CIO, UFCW, United Way, Valassis, and Valpak.