Thousands of letter carriers and local donors ‘Stamp Out Hunger’
Who: 5,000 letter carriers from rural and urban post offices
What: The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive
When: Saturday, May 14, 2011 Interview opportunities all day
Where: Hunger Task Force, 201 S. Hawley Court Post offices throughout the city
Background: Now in its 19th year, Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single day food drive. On May 14, letter carriers nationwide will pick up bags of donated food along their routes. In Milwaukee County, Hunger Task Force will sort and deliver food to area food pantries and soup kitchens free of charge; outside of Milwaukee County, local qualified emergency food pantries will receive the food in each community. The food collected will help feed the hungry during the summer, which is a high-risk period for hunger because children aren’t receiving school meals.
In 2010, the food drive resulted in 909,736 pounds of food collected locally by the letter carriers of Pioneer Branch 2, and 3.1 million pounds throughout the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is sponsored locally by the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Pioneer Branch 2, Johnson Controls and Aurora Health Care. The United States Postal Service furnishes personnel, equipment and post office stations.
For more information about the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit hungertaskforce.org.