The city of Grand Rapids is one of more than 10,000 American cities that partakes in the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Photo via fb.com
Letter carriers in Grand Rapids will be collecting food tomorrow as part of a national food drive.
Letter carriers will go door-to-door with the hope of collecting 70,000 pounds of food for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, a 10-percent increase from last year.
Food collected from Saturday’s drive will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan.
“This is one of the oldest and most fruitful partnerships we have,” said Ken Estelle, CEO, Feeding America West Michigan. “We’re honored that they’ve chosen to support us again this year."
Estelle also thanked the letter carriers for their commitment to the program.
“Many of them have to make three or four runs to collect all the food on their routes,” he said. It really is an incredible amount of food.”
Those interested in giving to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive have a couple options.
One way is by filling a bag with healthy, non-perishable food and leaving it by their mailbox in time for their normal Saturday delivery.
Alternately, they can give a meal online, where every dollar donated provides four meals to those in need.
“I just think it’s a great opportunity to help those who are less fortunate,” said letter carrier Andrea Faulkner, who's coordinating the Grand Rapids event. “I love the idea that Feeding America West Michigan is so broad-based. They provide food to agencies that serve wounded vets, low-income kids, domestic violence victims — so when you’re supporting the food bank, you’re helping all these other organizations fulfill their core missions as well.”