Community briefs: Food drive set for Saturday

May 6, 2019

Donations sought for Saturday’s Food Drive to Stamp Out Hunger

Community Action Services and Food Bank will team up with local mail carriers for the National Association of Letter Carriers 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday. Food donated will benefit families and individuals facing hunger throughout Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need. Most importantly, the food donations stay in each community, going to help local residents.

“Over 78,000 residents of Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties don’t have reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food,” said Dave Smith, food bank manager at Community Action Services and Food Bank. “It’s a painful struggle for families and individuals to face. We are hopeful that this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive will help these families not only be healthier but also feel the support from their neighbors.”

On Saturday, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 202,000 letter carriers will collect the donations that residents have left near their mailboxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag or two containing nonperishable foods next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

“This is a labor of love for letter carriers, and we are proud to see how it has grown in impact over the years,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It’s an honor to be able to help people in need all across the country — and to do so in a way that brings out the best in so many Americans.”

Success with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in 2019 will make a difference to many who are facing hunger. For more information or to make a financial contribution, visit http://communityactionuc.org.