Tucson: 250,000 Pounds of Food Collected for Stamp Out Hunger Dayby Karyn Zoldan on May. 12, 2010, under A Tisket, A Tasket, Grocery Stores, Health, Life
Last Saturday the Tucson community was asked to help feed the hungry by placing non-perishable foods next to our mailboxes in the blue plastic bags provided by the U.S. Postal Service to give back to Stamp Out Hunger Day.
According to the Community Food Bank, they received 250,000 pounds of food from the Letter Carriers’ Drive. Thanks to Food City, the Community Food Bank was also able to recycle more than 47,970 plastic and paper bags that held the food donations. And thanks to the letter carriers who made it all possible.
“This large food donation couldn’t come at a more perfect time, as we’re experiencing such an increase in demand right now,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO. “In part, this is due to kids being out of school during the summer months, but it’s also because more families are seeking assistance than in previous years. To give you an idea of what the demand is like, this large donation of food will only last us until August.”
“We were thrilled to assist the Community Food Bank with this drive because it helps so many local families in need,” said Tucson Food City Store Director Ramon Lopez. “We’re also committed to doing our part by encouraging residents to bring their plastic bags to their neighborhood grocery store so the bags can be recycled the right way.” Plastic bags are recycled into paper, plastic decking, park benches, and playground equipment.