Stamp Out Hunger food drive helping Tucsonans in need

Stamp Out Hunger food drive helping Tucsonans in need

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Saturday, May 12, is the Stamp Out Hunger food drive across the U.S.

How does it all work? In your mailbox there will be a blue bag. In that blue bag put non-perishable items like cans of food, cereal, pasta, etc. Place that bag next to your mailbox on Saturday and letter carriers will collect the food.

If you don't have a blue bag in your mailbox you can put the non-perishable food next to your mailbox and letter carriers will pick it it up.

After the food is picked up it is taken to a variety of places, including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The food bank feeds over 200,000 people a year and they say the food from Stamp Out Hunger is necessary to continue their work, especially at this point in the year.

If you can't make a donation of food but wish to donate money to Stamp Out Hunger 2018, click HERE.

"It's the time of year where hunger increases in the summer, because kids are out of school," Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona CEO Michael McDonald said. "They don't get breakfast and lunch. And so if you've got cereal in bags or boxes that's not been opened we need it, kids need it, our neighbors need help this summer."

Stamp Out Hunger helped to feed over 50 million people who suffered from hunger across the U.S. in 2017. Over 71 million pounds of food were collected to help those in need of a meal.

Here at home, thousands have been fed with the food from Stamp Out Hunger. In the more than two decades that the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has gotten food from Stamp Out Hunger they say the impact has been huge on the population they serve, and it has brought many people together.

"So many instances where there's little grandmothers helping out, teenagers along side. It's the old and the young. It's people with privilege and people who are still struggling coming together and that coming together is what makes Tucson great," McDonald said.

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