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May 30, 2013

Memphis Food Donations Aid Postal Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Efforts



David Beckley and Dan Hite put the finishing touches on loading more than 1,700 pounds of food donated to the Stamp out Hunger campaign.

Donations of money in the recent National Association of Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive shattered the old record in The Food Bank's service area. And the amount of nonperishable food donated in the region narrowly missed setting a new record.

Donations made in Memphis nearly quadrupled last year's totals as 1,780 pounds of food were collected by letter carriers during the national food drive held May 11th. The event, held the second Saturday in May each year, collected 473 pounds of food in 2012.

This was a great year for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive in Memphis," said Memphis Post Master Monica March. "Your local letter carriers would like to thank all of their customers for giving so generously to the May 11 food drive."

In all, nearly three-quarters of a million meals were donated in The Food Bank's 32-county region.

"This is by far the largest food and fund drive that The Food Bank is involved with, and the amount of donations that are made are so important to those in need - especially as we enter the summer when donations are slim," commented TFB Development Supervisor Todd Pridemore.

On Saturday, May 11, donors put nonperishable foods and financial contributions into shopping bags and placed the bags at their mailbox. Hundreds of postal workers and volunteers collected the food as part of the day's mail route.

Contributors in The Food Bank's region placed a record $40,406.35 inside the donation bags. This surpassed the old record set in 2011 by $4,566.56. Columbia led the way in dollars donated with $26,363, which was up about $2,000 over last year.

In terms of pounds of food contributed, this year's total of 153,484 pounds is second only to the 2010 total of 154,910 pounds. Nationwide figures for the food drive are not due until about May 24.

Overall on May 11, 669,580 meals worth of food was collected in The Food Bank's region.

"Thirty-five different towns and cities in central and northeast Missouri participated this year - which is more than we've ever had before," Pridemore said. "We are extremely thankful for the time and energy that the postal employees and community citizens devoted to make this drive so successful. The Food Bank thanks you for your tremendous service and generosity!"

Donations of food or money go back to the town where they were donated. Those who intended to give a monetary donation and still have the NALC envelope can still do so by enclosing a check and dropping it in the mail. Donations may also be made at www.sharefoodbringhope.org.

The Food Bank provides emergency and rescue food to over 110,000 people monthly through a network of 131 agency partners and 130 participating Buddy Pack schools. Its service area extends from the Iowa border to Lake of the Ozarks, and from Hannibal to Sedalia.


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