PICTURES: Stamp Out Hunger brings in 250,000 pounds of food for local pantries

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (News Release) -- The people of the Ozarks delivered, and so did the letter carriers – literally.

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) report more than 252,000 pounds of food on Saturday during the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. That total is up more than 25,000 pounds from the 2017 event.

“Wow, a quarter-of-a-million pounds. A lot of heavy lifting was done by our letter carriers across the Ozarks,” said Howie Cunningham, NALC Food Drive Coordinator. “Thank you to all who helped make this a success.”

The NALC, United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO Labor Engagement Partnership with United Way of the Ozarks, and local food pantries worked all day Saturday collecting and sorting food that residents left at their mailboxes. All donations go directly to local Ozarks Food Harvest food pantries including The Salvation Army, Crosslines, Victory Mission, and Grand Oaks Baptist food bank.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the community’s generous response to the Letter Carriers’ food drive this year,” said Ozarks Food Harvest President/CEO Bart Brown. “A quarter-of-a-million pounds will provide over 200,000 meals over the summer when demand for food assistance increases. Since all the food stays in the communities in which it’s collected, the local impact will be felt now and throughout the summer.”

This number is preliminary as more food will continue to trickle in this week. Last year’s event collected more than 225,000 pounds of food for local food pantries.

Several partners are assisted the NALC in the food drive: Ozarks Food Harvest, the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the American Postal Workers Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Valpak, United Way of the Ozarks, the AFL-CIO, and Valassis.

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