Letter Carriers Collect One Million Pounds of Food and Help Stamp Out Hunger
On Saturday, May 12, in the Twin Cities where you saw a mail box, there’s a good chance you also saw a grocery bag filled with non-perishable food items waiting for the letter carrier. During the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, letter carriers across the country spend a full day collecting millions of pounds of food for local food banks and food shelves.
In the Twin Cities, Second Harvest Heartland partners with two branches and plenty of volunteers to haul thousands of pounds of donated food into trucks stationed at post offices and local CUB grocery stores.
When the exciting day comes to a close, the truckloads of food donations are delivered to Second Harvest Heartland where every tote is sorted by volunteers and distributed to local food shelves and program partners to reach our hungry neighbors in need.
Between the pounds of food collected and the dollars donated thanks to a match by Land O’Lakes, more than 1,010,000 pounds of food – that’s right, more than 1 million pounds collected in a single day - are now able to be distributed to families in need.
Stamp Out Hunger continues to be a huge success thanks to generous donors, volunteers, letter carriers, partners and sponsors, including: C.H. Robinson, CUB, KARE 11, Land O’Lakes, National Association of Letter Carriers Minneapolis Branch 9 and St. Paul Branch 28, UFCW, USPS, and WCCO Radio.
If you missed Stamp Out Hunger this year, consider hosting your own drive this summer! Every dollar and every pound of food counts. Whether you choose to host a virtual Food & Fund Driveor you want to go the more traditional route, your drive will help us feed our hungry neighbors in need and we provide the tools to make it easy.