Stamp Out Hunger on May 11 benefits local food banks

April 23, 2013

By Staff

Generous Issaquah community members will partner with their postal carriers May 11 to Stamp Out Hunger in the nation’s largest single-day food drive, benefiting Food Lifeline’s efforts to stock area food banks and feed hungry people throughout King County.

The 21st annual event brings together the National Association of Letter Carriers and Feeding America affiliates across the nation. In Issaquah and the rest of King County, local letter carriers will drop off Stamp Out Hunger bags in advance at some 750,000 households. Residents will then be asked to fill the bags with nonperishable food for pickup May 11.

Last year, more than 260 tons of food was collected in King County — that’s more than 525,000 pounds and the equivalent of 1.5 million meals for hungry people, according to Food Lifeline CEO Linda Nageotte.

More than 70 million pounds of food was collected nationwide.

“This single event makes an enormous difference for our neighbors in need,” Nageotte said. “It takes only a moment to fill your Stamp Out Hunger bags with good, nutritious, nonperishable food, but your generosity can make an impact that lasts a lifetime for the kids and families who rely on Food Lifeline for help.”

For those unable to take part May 11 — or people who would like to do more to fight hunger in our community — participate in the “virtual food drive” by donating online to Food Lifeline at www.foodlifeline.org/stamp.

 

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