25th Annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' National Food Drive to take place
United Way of Adams County and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) are teaming up for the 25th annual "Stamp Out Hunger" National Food Drive that will take place on Saturday, May 13th.
The food drive will benefit local food pantries and help the 1 in 10 Adams County residents who face hunger daily.
The "Stamp out Hunger" effort is the nation's largest single-day food drive and this year's local goal is to collect 25,000 pounds of donations.
To help "Stamp Out Hunger" in Adams County, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, like canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 13.
"The need in Adams County is great, which is why our letter carriers continue to support the event locally," says George Meyer, Quincy Postal Carrier and local NALC organizer. "Our goal this year is to carry on from our success, gathering more than last year's total of 23,600 pounds of food collected in Adams County."
Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans.
Local letter carriers and volunteers will collect donations from homes and the food will be distributed to the following local food pantries in Adams County:
- Quincy Catholic Charities
- Community For Christ
- Salvation Army
- Madonna House
- Horizons Social Services
- Lutheran Church of St. John
- GPS Ministries
- Luther Memorial Church
- St. Francis Church
- Ladies of Charity
- The Crossing
"According to Feeding America, 12.4% of Adams County residents are food insecure and 33% of residents whose income is above the qualifying range for assistance also rely on food pantries for assistance," said Emily Robbearts, executive director, United Way of Adams County. "The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is one of the easiest ways for you to help these individuals in need. Placing just one bag of food by your mailbox makes a huge impact."
Also participating in this year's drive are the post offices in Hannibal, MO; Hamilton, IL; and Mt. Sterling, IL. Food collected in those communities will be distributed to food pantries in their area.
For more information or to find out how you can volunteer for the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive in Adams County, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or contact United Way at 217-222-5020.