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For the second year in a row, Food Lion is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 14. To kick off the event, Food Lion is donating the first 10,000 meals to Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWVA).
“By stepping up to donate the first 10,000 meals, we hope our customers in the Roanoke community will join us to support the campaign by leaving bags of nonperishable items out by their mailboxes for our local postal workers on Saturday,” said Rob Ward, Director of Operations for Foodlion. “At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gasoline and buying groceries. Campaigns like Stamp Out Hunger go a long way to helping to eliminate these choices for those struggling with hunger here in our community.”
On Wednesday morning, Food Lion, FASWVA and the NALC met at the food bank for this donation to bring awareness to hunger in Southwest Virginia where one in eight people who have trouble putting food on the table.
“With more than 154,500 of our Southwest Virginia neighbors facing hunger, and several localities recently seeing an increase in food insecurity, the importance of this annual event cannot be overstated,” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. “Nor can we overstate the importance of our region’s hard-working letter carriers and the generous support of corporate sponsors like Food Lion in making this event a success and helping fight hunger right here at home.”
Feeding America Southwest Virginia says during this time of year they run low on food donations. They rely on the Stamp Out Hunger food drive to feed people in the 26 counties they serve. The postal carriers also care about making a difference in the community.
"You're in there every day and you are walking the street every day and you just want to do something," said Jenny Hall, with National Association of Letter Carriers. "Everybody just wants to do something. Carriers have such good hearts on them and they want to help the community and this is their opportunity."
Last year, letter carriers in Southwest Virginia collected 322,229 pounds of food on their postal routes and are hoping to surpass that number this year.
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