Every year, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in partnership with the United States Postal Service and food banks across the country host the nation's largest one-day food collection event, Stamp Out Hunger, as residents are asked to put non-perishable food by their mailboxes to donate to those in need.
Recognizing an opportunity for growth in this wonderful program, Food Lion Feeds helped kick off this event for the first time on Friday, May 8, in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia through donation events in partnership with several local food banks.
In preparation for the events, Food Lion donated blue grocery bags, which the NALC placed in residents' mail boxes early in the week. Residents were asked to pack the grocery bags with non-perishable food and leave it at their mailboxes for their local postal carriers to collect on Saturday, May 9.
To help activate the hunger-relief program, press conferences were held in Waldorf, Md., Newark, Del., Roanoke, Va., and Richmond, Va., on Friday, May 8, where Food Lion donated 40,000 meals to the Maryland Food Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware, Feeding America of Southwest Virginia, and FeedMore food bank. The meals consisted of fresh produce and other products to provide healthy fruits and vegetables to accompany the non-perishable food collected from the food drive.
Through these events, we hoped to raise awareness of the food drive taking place on Saturday, May 9, and encourage local residents to help us give back to our fellow community members in need.
"I have to say, I wouldn't have a job if it weren't for Food Lion. Food Lion Feeds and your food recovery policies have set the policy standards for other grocers, and now we're picking up food twice a week," said Maryland food Bank Food Sourcing Manager, Butch Langenfelder. "I want to thank you so much for today's donation and for what you do at all of your stores to support our food bank."
In Roanoke, President and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Pamela Irvine, echoed, "Food drives like Stamp Out Hunger not only help us continue to feed the 127,000, but they also help us reach the remaining food insecure people in Southwest Virginia. Food Lion Feeds has been a tremendous partner in the Food Bank’s mission to fight hunger."
The NALC's initial response has been this will be a record year of donations for our feeding partners. Final numbers should be reported within a month. Check back here for an update!