Volunteer to Help Us Stamp Out Hunger on May 11!
We cannot feed our friends and neighbors experiencing hunger alone. It truly does take a village—not just to raise a child, but to raise up a child with the food and nourishment they need to thrive in school and in life. Bringing together groups of like-minded souls to create a community of hunger fighters to accomplish this mission is what Stamp Out Hunger is all about.
Stamp Out Hunger is the largest, single-day food drive in the nation, collecting food for food banks and food shelves across the United States. This year on Saturday, May 11, letter carriers and volunteers will collect bags of healthy, non-perishable food that generous individuals set out by their mailboxes. Second Harvest Heartland partners with postal branches in Minneapolis and Saint Paul to collect food. But we need volunteers to make the day a success.
The Zolotukhin-Ridgway family—Erin, her husband, Andrei, and their son, Max, have volunteered for Stamp Out Hunger for years. To Erin, it’s all about community.
“It feels good to be part of this community effort and part of the solution,” Erin said. “Our son has autism, so I was always looking for places that could provide positive experiences for him to contribute, to be a part of the community. We always felt welcome at Second Harvest Heartland.”
Erin and Max began volunteering together sorting and repacking food at our Golden Valley warehouse and followed us when we opened our new hunger-relief campus in Brooklyn Park. Soon, husband Andrei joined, and they became a threesome. They had such a good experience repacking food together as a family, they decided to participate in Stamp Out Hunger.
Carolyn Sayers, a Stamp Out Hunger site leader, also got her family to join in the volunteer fun.
“I started volunteering for Stamp Out Hunger myself a few years ago,” Sayers explained. “Stamp Out Hunger gets in one’s blood. Now I’ve gotten my husband and adult sons in the act.”
Sayers has volunteered for Second Harvest Heartland in other capacities and was struck by how great the need is, especially in the months leading up to summer.
“I’ve noticed how supplies dwindle at some food shelves,” she said. “Stamp Out Hunger is a great way for the community to get together to restock the shelves. In our own quiet way, we give a little back. And I thank goodness we are able to do so!”
Despite the weather, Sayers said she knows that year after year, everyone will come together to fight hunger in their communities. And it inspires her.
“The truck drivers, mail carriers, food donors and volunteers truly make it a fun event,” she said. “It’s great to see everyone working together.”
This year, Second Harvest Heartland aims to collect 1.2 million pounds of food during Stamp Out Hunger, which will help provide 1 million meals much-needed for our hungry neighbors. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support in this monumental, collaborative effort. This is a great family event — young people age 8 and over, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to join the fun!
We need site leaders as well as support volunteers across the metro area to help. Visit our website to learn more and sign up for a shift.