With some friendly assistance by Kelloggs’ Tony the Tiger, Food Lion helped jump-start Delaware’s annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive today by donating 10,000 meals to the Food Bank of Delaware in celebration of the start of the campaign.
The nation’s largest one-day food drive takes place Saturday, May 11 as the National Association of Letter Carriers – the men and women delivering your mail – gather donations of nonperishable food items residents leave by their mailboxes.
All donations collected in Delaware will be distributed in Delaware.
In addition to today’s large food donation, which took place at the Newark post office, Food Lion has donated thousands of Stamp Out Hunger blue plastic bags that letter carriers are distributing to homeowners this week. But any bag is sufficient.
To help Stamp Out Hunger, simply leave a bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats and cereals next to your mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Letter carriers will bring the food items back to local offices and then bring them directly to the Food Bank of Delaware.
Stamp Out Hunger in order to provide food assistance to Delawareans who rely on the Food Bank of Delaware’s network of hunger-relief partners for support. Last year, letter carriers in Delaware collected more than 119,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Delaware’s network of partners.
“We are the eyes and ears of our community,” said Aishia Tolson, food drive coordinator and Newark letter carrier. “This is a way to give back to people we serve every day.”
Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe says the donations come at a critical time. “Ensuring that our partner agencies shelves are stocked is a priority year round, but especially during the spring months when donations are traditionally down,” she said.