You Delivered: Stamp Out Hunger 2017 a Success
On Saturday, May 13, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive celebrated its 25th anniversary! Countless residents of the Twin Cities metro area put grocery bags of shelf-stable foods by their mailboxes, which were picked up by their letter carriers. It’s a fine-tuned operation — after completing their usual route, the letter carriers then hauled thousands of pounds of donated food to Cub Foods volunteer sites and post offices. There, the food was loaded into trucks and delivered to Second Harvest Heartland.
“What’s fun is driving down your route and seeing the streets lined with blue grocery bags. You don’t make it 25 years of anything unless it’s this good,” said Samantha Hartwig, Letter Carrier and Food Drive Coordinator.
Second Harvest Heartland took it from there and distributed food to the one in 10 Minnesotans and one in six Minnesota kids who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Between the pounds of food collected and the dollars donated thanks to a $1-for-$1 match by Land O’Lakes, more than 1 million pounds of food are now able to be distributed to families in need. The food was collected by more than 2,000 letter carriers and sorted by 100 volunteers so that, with the help of countless other partners, more than 854,000 meals were made possible. Thank you. We are excited for next year!