Central Florida letter carriers collected 218,098 pounds of food as part of the 26th annual “Stamp Out Hunger!” food drive, spearheaded by the National Association of Letter Carriers. This annual event, which is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, benefits food banks across the country.
“Year after year, Central Florida participates in this massive effort to assist those facing food insecurity around the nation,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “While we live in a region bursting with restaurants, the reality is that one in six local residents struggles with hunger. Those who participate in this food drive are doing a tremendous service to our neighbors in need and are helping us fulfill our mission to fight hunger and feed hope.”
Central Floridians left bags containing non-perishables – such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal – next to their mailboxes where local letter carriers collected them. The donations were dropped off at various post offices where they were sorted by Second Harvest volunteers. The food items will be distributed to partner organizations across the nonprofit’s six-county coverage area.
Every year, “Stamp Out Hunger!” falls during a particularly critical time for food-insecure families, as children approach summer vacation and will not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.
For more information, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.