UPDATE (May 21, 2015): Thank you to the more than 300 volunteers who helped make the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive a success.
Companies and organizations that support United Way of El Paso County such as El Paso Electric, Teacher’s Federal Credit Union, UPS and GECU, to name a few, gathered employees to unload and organize 113,917 pounds of food. UPS also held a food drive within its offices to donate to the cause. The donations and volunteer efforts are crucial as summertime approaches and many local children, who rely on school lunches, don’t know where their next meal will come from.
(May 1, 2015) – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 505 in El Paso County along with United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) and other partners will launch the 23rd Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The goal is to collect 150,000 pounds of food for families in need in our community. This is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
During the week of May 3, El Pasoans will receive brown paper bags in their mailboxes to place non-perishable, healthy, newly purchased food items. Community members are encouraged to leave the filled bags on the doorsteps or beside their mailboxes May 9th for letter carriers to collect. Those who use community mailboxes are asked to take their donations that same day to the nearest post office.
Food especially needed by the food bank include peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits as well as packaged items such as cereal, pasta and rice. Adding these items to the food bank’s inventory is vital at a time when children go on summer break and don’t have access to daily school meals.
The event will be recognized by the city and county on Mon., May 4 and Tues., May 5 at 8 a.m., respectively. The city will include the announcement within its recognition section on the agenda. The city will also give UWEPC a plaque to honor the long-standing event. The county will include it as part of its resolutions.
Last year, more than 135,000 pounds were collected and delivered to the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, which sanitized the items and distributed the food within two months. This year’s organizers hope to surpass that number. The NALC, UWEPC, EPFHFB, in collaboration with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO, Teamsters, Yellow Roadway Corporation, Campbell’s Soup, Val-Pak, Uncle Bob’s Self-Storage, AARP, City of El Paso’s Environmental Services, Department of Transportation and Feeding America have joined in this effort.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Residents can participate by leaving food on doorstep or mailboxes for letter carriers.
(Those with community mailboxes can drop off food at nearest post office, same day).
Only non-perishable foods accepted.