ROANOKE, VA -
Letter carriers across southwest Virginia spent the day delivering mail and picking up food during the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. People could leave donations of non-perishable food by their mailbox to be picked up.
The donations were delivered to Feeding America Southwest Virginia to be sorted.
According to the USDA, it is estimated that 49 million Americans live in homes that are considered food insecure. Stamp Out Hunger, the nation’s largest single-day food drive, provides assistance to those who struggle to put food on the table every day. In the last 22 years, more than 1.2 billion pounds of food donations have been collected. In 2013 alone, 74.4 million pounds of food donations were acquired.
Food bank reserves are often low leading into summer because holiday donations have tapered off, but the need remains high. During the summer, more families rely on food banks so they can provide additional meals to their kids that might typically be supplied by school breakfast or lunch programs during the school year. According to the USDA, an estimated 20 percent of households with children live in food insecure environments and rely on this food drive to sustain their households.