For 24 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) join together with food banks and community partners to "Stamp Out Hunger" through a nation-wide community food drive. On May 14, cities across the nation will fill recyclable bags with non-perishable items and place them by their mailboxes for letter carriers to collect.
This year, Food Lion Feeds partnered with the NALC and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to provide the "Stamp Out Hunger" branded recyclable bags. Not only that, the grocer jump-started the food drive by providing 10,000 meals to the food bank to feed families in Fredericksburg.
“The need in our area is very real,” said Oya Oliver, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank CEO. "Each year the public, along with our letter carriers and Food Lion, come through in a real way by providing food, volunteer hours and a passion to make our community the best. So many families benefit from this food drive each year. We are so thankful Food Lion donates thousands of meals worth of food to the FRFB and our partner agencies each year. This year, they are sponsoring this event to help make this year’s NALC food drive one for the records.”
In addition to Fredericksburg, Food Lion Feeds supported the "Stamp Out Hunger" campaign in 5 other cities including Newark, Del., Roanoke, Va., Norfolk, Va., Baltimore, Md., and Richmond, Va.
"Food Lion Feeds is proud to support the Stamp Out Hunger campaign in Fredericksburg," said Sherry Ritenour, Food Lion's director of operations for the Fredericksburg area. "By donating the first 10,000 meals, we hope our customers in the Fredericksburg community will help us support the campaign by leaving bags of non-perishable items out by their mailboxes for our local postal workers to collect on Saturday. At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gasoline and buying groceries. We truly believe campaigns like Stamp Out Hunger make a lasting impact to help eliminate these tough choices for those struggling with hunger here in our community."