Stamp Out Hunger food drive a success
Monday, May 28, 2018
The 26th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was held on May 12, with 16,512 pounds of food donated by the residents and businesses of Greenville.
The majority of food was collected during the letter carriers’ regular mail delivery routes. Included in the collection was 2,562 pounds of food products provided by Food Lion FEEDS’ stop hunger initiative.
All collected food products will be distributed by the Greenville Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC to families and individuals experiencing food insecurity.
In the last five years, letter carrier members of NALC Branch 1729 and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association have collected 82,403 pounds of food for people experiencing food insecurity living in the Greenville-Pitt County region.
Although food insecurity — not having access to enough food for an active, healthy life — affects people of all ages, this month there is a regional emphasis on seniors, who are particularly vulnerable because they have unique nutritional needs related to aging and medical conditions, and often have limited income and out-of-pocket medical expenses.
The Food Bank CENC realizes that thousands of senior citizens living at or below the poverty level must choose between buying food and paying for their prescription medications.