May 12, 2012
Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman!
How did the mailman end hunger? He stamped it out. Waka waka waka.
On Saturday, May 12 the National Association of Letter Carriers tackled hunger with their annual Stamp Out Hunger. Postal carriers around the country collected non-perishable food donations for local food banks. We were really hoping it would be a success for the food banks we partner with as part of our Food First™ program to end hunger in Texas, and it sounds like it was a hit.
- From Food Bank of West Central Texas via Facebook: "42683 pounds from Stamp out Hunger on Saturday. 20 thousand more than last year. Thank you all so much!"
- From West Texas Food Bank: "The West Texas Food Bank in Odessa says it's collected more than 90,000 pounds of food from the drive Saturday.
- From Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley via the Valley Star: "In Harlingen, those carriers collected about 22,500 pounds of non-perishable foods that was donated to the Neighborhood Food Pantry."
Why does it matter? According to Feeding America, one in seven Americans use SNAP benefits (food stamps). Nearly 49 million Americans are facing hunger, including more than 16 million children.
The employees of First Choice Power were happy to help make a difference – many of us put out bags at our houses. "My family enjoyed filling up a bag and putting it out at the mailbox at my house." said Catherine Carlton. "We try to help fight huger throughout the year, and it's always meaningful when the whole family can get involved and take part."