The 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive took place Saturday, May 9, to stock local food pantries for the upcoming summer months. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food collection, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers with other sponsors.
Local Letter Carriers from Union Branch 567 (Alexandria city and parts of southeastern Fairfax County) collected bags of food donations by their customers’ mailboxes and partnered with local pantries. This year, United Community Ministries (UCM) received more than 4 tons of food collected at Alexandria area post offices.
Letter Carrier Brian McCormick of Union Branch 567, National Association of Letter Carriers, works at the Alexandria Post Office Annex at Telegraph Road. He serves as the Food Drive Coordinator and champion for the event to shed light on fighting local hunger. “My fellow Letter Carriers really get into it and enjoy seeing who can bring in the most food donations,” he says.
“We are very grateful to the local Letter Carriers for their ongoing support to fight hunger here in our neighborhoods,” says Richard Dobber, UCM Director of Social Services. “And we thank our volunteers who worked long hours on Saturday. We appreciate the large quantity of healthy food items we received this year from so many caring community members, including low-salt canned goods like vegetables and sauces, whole wheat pasta, low-sugar cereals, nuts, and energy bars.”