‘Stamp Out Hunger’ national food drive set for Saturday to benefit local food pantries

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QUINCY — United Way of Adams County and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) are teaming up for their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” National Food Drive on Saturday, May 13, to benefit local food pantries and the residents of Adams County who face hunger daily.

In a press release, George Meyer, Quincy postal carrier and local NALC organizer, said, “The need in Adams County continues to be great, especially after the past few years that we’ve had. Our goal this year is to increase awareness and gather more than we did last year. The numbers were down last year, as we collected only 9,800 pounds. The food drive was down 40 percent nationwide.”

The “Stamp out Hunger” effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Adams County, simply leave a sturdy plastic or brown paper bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 13. 

Food items should be in non-breakable containers such as boxes and cans. Local letter carriers and volunteers will collect donations from homes. The food will be distributed to local food pantries in Adams County.

Jenna Hull, director of programs and services at United Way of Adams County said, “The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is one of the easiest ways for you to help individuals in need. Placing just one bag of food by your mailbox makes a huge impact.”

Nancy Bluhm, executive director at United Way of Adams County, added, “Residents who are food insecure can’t reach their goals and aspirations without access to basic and consistent nutrition. Together, if we all do what we can, we can help those who need us the most.”

For more information about the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive in Adams County, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or contact United Way at 217-222-5020.

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