From Illinois Business Journal news services
United Way of Greater St. Louis is teaming up with the St. Louis region to “stamp out” hunger as part of the 23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ sponsored food drive.
On Saturday, May 9, residents in Missouri and Illinois will be asked to place unopened, non-perishable food in a bag next to their mailbox before the letter carrier delivers the mail. The Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest one-day food drive and collected more than 72 million pounds of non-perishable food across America in 2014.
“United Way is proud to partner with the St. Louis Area Foodbank and so many other great organizations to help families who are impacted by food insecurity and hunger in our region,” said Amy Phillips, labor participation director at United Way of Greater St. Louis. “With the help of so many generous residents, this food drive will be a significant step towards helping the more than 500,000 individuals who are facing food insecurity in the area.”
Local sponsors of the food drive include National Association of Letter Carriers branches, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, AFL-CIO Community Services, United Way of Greater St. Louis and St. Louis Area Foodbank. The national sponsors are Valpak, Feeding America, the AFL-CIO, Uncle Bob’s storage, Valassis, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and United States Postal Service.
The Illinois counties in the project are Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair.
All residents and businesses can participate.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank began its service to the community in 1975. Since that time, the organization has grown to become the bi-state region’s largest nonprofit 501(c)(3) food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. Through a network of more than 500 partner agencies in 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois, the Foodbank distributes nearly 35 million pounds of food and personal care items annually. For more information visit www.STLFoodbank.org.