Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ on May 10

Published on May 07, 2014 with No Comments

Milton here is your chance to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’!
On May 10, The National Association of Letter Carriers, Bay Area Food Bank, United Way of Escambia County, and the AFL-CIO will team up for Stamp Out Hunger – the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive.
Last year the event brought in more than 160,000 pounds of donated food from the community, which provides nearly 123,000 meals to those in need and allows food banks to stock their shelves for any disaster relief efforts required during the summer storm season.
“We are very thankful for the support of the community and the National Association of Letter Carriers for coming together for this food drive,” said Bay Area Food Bank’s Executive Director, Dave Reaney.  “All of the letter carriers volunteer their time and labor to make this happen.  They don’t have to participate.  They do it because they care about the community they serve.”
If is easy to be a part of this event.
All you need to do is to place nonperishable food items in the bag left by your letter carrier beside your mailbox on the morning of May 10 before the carrier arrives. The bag will be picked up by your letter carrier and taken to the local post office where volunteers will unload and sort the donated items.
The items collected at the Milton and Pace post offices will be given to Bay Area Food Bank.  Anyone who does not receive a bag in the mail can deliver their donated food items directly to the food bank or their local post office.
To learn more about the food drive and see list of the most need items, visitwww.bayareafoodbank.org.
   
The food bank’s most needed items include canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit, soup, peanut butter, dried beans, rice, and cereal.  The food bank cannot accept glass containers, baby food, alcoholic beverages, homemade items or any item without a manufacturer’s label.
 
The Bay Area Food Bank serves a 24-county area spanning the panhandle of Florida, south Alabama, and south Mississippi.
In 2013, the food bank distributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to more than 400 church pantries, soup kitchens and other nonprofit organizations throughout its service area. The food bank also operates multiple nutrition programs, including Summer Food Service, Afterschool Snack, Backpack, Disaster Relief, Community Garden, and Mobile Pantry. Bay Area Food Bank is a United Way agency and a member of Feeding America. For more information visit www.bayareafoodbank.org.

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