Locals help out during the 25th Stamp Out Hunger Drive
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Saturday marked the 25th year of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Volunteers and workers at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank could be seen bringing in all the goods from the Letter Carriers’ drive.
People who donated left food out by their mailbox, the mail carriers picked them up, and brought them to the food bank.
Last year around 153,000 pounds of food was collect, that equals 184,000 meals.
In the Hamilton County area, 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 4 children do not know where they’re going to get their next meal.
Scott Bruce, Director of Marking and Communications for the food bank, said this is a big drive for them and the timing is just right.
“Most of our donations come in the holiday months towards the winter. So, we’re going into the summer months where kids aren’t getting their meals at school like they did in the school year. So, it’s a good time for us to replenish our food during the summer.”
The food collected will eventually go to agencies that partner with the food bank and from there will wind up on the plates of those in need.