Major local sponsors
Additional local sponsors
** UPDATE 05/12/14 **
STAMP OUT HUNGER COLLECTS 27,692 POUNDS, BUT DOWN 28%
Bloomington and Monroe County letter carriers collected nearly 28,000 pounds of food for Hoosier Hills Food Bank during Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
“We are extremely grateful to our letter carriers and to the community for their support. This is our most important food drive of the year and it’s great to see so much come into our warehouse at one time,” said HHFB Executive Director Julio Alonso.
Unfortunately, however, this year’s total of 27,692 is down over 10,000 pounds, or 28% from last year’s total of 38,410 pounds. “I’ll be honest – this is a big blow for us. We’ve come to count on this food drive to get us through the better part of the summer and losing about a third of it is going to have an impact,” said Alonso.
Carriers will still collect food that is put out on Monday, according to NALC Branch 828 food drive coordinator Jerry Sutherlin. Both Sutherlin and Alonso felt the total number would go up slightly as additional food trickles in. “There’s always a residual bump in the following few days, but we need a really big bump to make up for this, unfortunately,” said Alonso.
Food may also be taken directly to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank located at 2333 N Industrial Dr, Bloomington, IN 47402, (812) 334-8374.
Always the second Saturday in May
Stamp Out Hunger is the largest, single-day food drive in the nation, and an easy way to make a difference in your community.
On Saturday, May 10, letter carriers and volunteers will collect bags of healthy, non-perishable donated food people, like you, have set out by their mailboxes. Donations are delivered to the Post Office where they are sorted and then taken to local food pantries to feed hungry Hoosiers.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is very important to local pantries and neighbors in need. In the spring, food supplies are typically lower. As schools let out for the summer, the need for additional food is greater since young students don't have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs. And locally, 1 in 5 children are at risk of going hungry.
In our region, 1 in 6 people are at risk of hunger and one-third of these neighbors are not income-eligible for federal nutrition program. This means they rely more on access to healthy, nutritious food from pantries and kitchens.
In 2013, Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed a record of nearly 3.7 million pounds of food to partner agencies in eight counties. This was a 16% increase over the prior year and the need remains high.
Last year, local residents donated 87,483 pounds of food during this drive to help neighbors in need. Will you help us feed even more Hoosiers this year?
>> DONATE! Simply fill a grocery bag (or two) with healthy, non-perishable food and set it by your mailbox the morning of Saturday, May 10 to be picked up. Each household in our service area should receive a Kroger bag in your mail the week of the drive. Food donations are distributed to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and other local agencies who then provide the food to hungry Hoosiers.
>> VOLUNTEER! If you're interested in volunteering or hosting a food drive, click here.
>> SHARE! Share these promotional materials at your workplace, with neighbors and friends, and in your social media networks.
MOST NEEDED ITEMS
- Canned meat (tuna, chicken, beef stew, etc.)
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Juice & juice boxes
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE:
- Expired food
- Open packages
- Perishable food
- Glass jars
The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive would like to thank our supporters:
Major local sponsors & participants:
NALC Branch 828
U. S. Postal Service
NRLCA (rural carriers)
United Way of Monroe County
Hoosier Hills Food Bank
Additional local participants:
Bedford Lions Club
White River Central Labor Council
United Way of America
For general questions: Dory Watkins & Jerry Sutherlin, firstname.lastname@example.org (Branch 828 Food Drive Coordinators)
To volunteer or host a food drive:
• Lawrence County: Jan Allen, email@example.com
• Linton: Mary Ison, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Martinsville: Ted Graphman, email@example.com
• Monroe County: Liz Feitl, (812)334-8370, firstname.lastname@example.org (AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison, United Way of Monroe County)
• Hoosier Hills Food Bank: Katie Haddad, email@example.com
The local NALC South Central Indiana Branch 828 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive includes all communities with city delivery in Greene, Lawrence, Monroe and Owen Counties. It also includes Martinsville, Odon, Orleans, and Paoli. Branch 828 also assists with the Food Drive in additional communities that do not have city delivery.
For general information about the national Stamp Out Hunger efforts and impact visit the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) website at www.nalc.org/commun/foodrive.