Stamp Out Hunger food drive set for Saturday
On Saturday, May 12, letter carriers across the nation will be participating in the country’s largest, single-day food drive – Stamp Out Hunger. Sponsored by the National Association for Letter Carriers, this food drive will be taking place across the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s service area, including Lynchburg, Winchester, Charlottesville, Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and the surrounding counties.
Mail carriers will pick up non-perishable food donations left outside by residents as they deliver the mail along their daily route.
Stamp Out Hunger is the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s largest and most important food drive of the year, as it brings in a large supply of food – more than 100,000 meals – just before the summer, when donations dramatically decrease. (See the attached chart for the decline in food donations in 2011).
The need for food assistance is a great across our region. In the Blue Ridge region, more than 1 in 10 people don’t know where they will get their next meal. And the need for emergency food assistance has nearly doubled in the past five years. More than 119,000 people each month are served by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and its network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other community partners.