Hoosier Hills Food Bank Gears Up for Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11, 2024

Staff report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — May 5, 2024

The Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) is gearing up for its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, rallying community members to support their neighbors in need.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 11th, the event will see local letter carriers collecting non-perishable food items to benefit HHFB. Sponsored locally by the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 828 and supported by the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the US Postal Service, Stamp Out Hunger is a nationwide initiative occurring every year on the second Saturday in May.

Residents are encouraged to participate by placing a bag or box of food at their mailbox on May 11th, where their letter carrier or a volunteer will collect it for HHFB. Last year’s drive yielded over 35,000 pounds of donated food, and organizers aim to surpass that figure, aspiring to reach the over 40,000 pounds received in 2022.

HHFB Executive Director and CEO, Julio Alonso, underscored the significance of the food drive, particularly amidst increasing demand. “Over half our agency partners are seeing more neighbors than last year, and one-third of our agencies are not receiving enough food from us to meet the demand,” Alonso stated. “This is one of the easiest ways for people to help – just put the food at your mailbox, and your letter carrier will deliver it to us!”

Joshua Peterson, President of NALC Branch 828, expressed the enthusiasm of letter carriers to contribute to the community’s welfare. “Each year, letter carriers look forward to filling up our trucks with food to help our community. Please help us have full trucks to take to the food bank this year!” Peterson urged.

All types of non-perishable food items are welcomed, with canned fruits, vegetables, and protein being of top priority. However, perishables, expired, open food, or glass jars should not be donated.

In 2023, HHFB distributed over 5.2 million pounds of food through direct service programs and a network of over 90 partner agencies across six counties in south-central Indiana. Stamp Out Hunger’s additional sponsors include the United Way of South Central Indiana and Kroger.

Volunteers are still needed to assist with the food drive. Routes typically begin around 10:30-11 AM and require a maximum of 4 hours. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact Ryan at [email protected] or call 812-334-8374.

Furthermore, individuals or organizations interested in running their own food or fund drive to benefit Hoosier Hills Food Bank can reach out to Mike at [email protected].

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