By Caitlin Custer, Donor Relations Manager
Saturday May 12, 2018 was the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive! Once again, the Food Bank of Delaware was honored to be one of the recipients of the drive which is our biggest one-day drive of the year!
In addition to their normal duties, Letter Carriers across the state spent the day collecting bags of food left by the residents on their route. The food was brought back to 10 post offices where Food Bank of Delaware volunteers were out in full force to help carriers unload their vehicles.
Bag by bag, volunteers loaded box trucks and trailers generously donated by Bayshore Transportation and Bayshore’s Sister Company, ShoreView Moving & Storage, and Hopkins and Sons – all committed partners of the Food Bank of Delaware through Move for Hunger!
It’s hours of unloading and unloading – a lot of exercise – but a great service to the community! Volunteers got to see first-hand the kindness of their friends and neighbors by the sheer amount of food that passed through their post office. We were also fortunate that for the first time in at least five years it did not rain during the drive, sparing many donations from being water logged!
Once the trailers and trucks were collected from the local post offices, they were weighed at our Newark warehouse, and this year the total reached 119,297 pounds of food! We are so grateful to each and every person who left food out for their letter carrier and also to all of the carriers who worked long and hard to make the drive a success. Food Lion stepped up in a big way again this year to donate bags for the entire state of Delaware in addition to a 4,282 pound donation in support of the drive!
Stamp Out Hunger is always the second Saturday in May and the Food Bank always needs volunteers. Please check our website closer to next year’s event to get in on the action!
To learn about our hunger-relief initiatives throughout the year, visit www.fbd.org.