CONTACT: Hugh C. Minor IV
Director of Communications
RI Community Food Bank
200 Niantic Avenue Providence, RI 02907
May 4, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Support the Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday, May 14
Donations of non-perishable food items will benefit neighbors in need throughout Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE, RI. Rhode Islanders will have a chance to help neighbors in need through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14, coordinated by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Simply leave a bag of healthy, non-perishable food items near your mailbox early that morning and your letter carrier will pick up your donation and deliver it to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank where it will be distributed to food pantries throughout the state.
“Each year, we get a great response from our postal customers,” says Rhode Island food drive coordinator and veteran letter carrier Scott Desjarlais. “They look forward to leaving out a bag of food for us to pick up and deliver to the Food Bank.” Last year, the drive brought in over 96,000 pounds of food to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
“This food drive comes at a critical time as we actually see food donations decrease during the summer months,” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer. “The letter carriers make it easy for everyone to make a difference in the fight against hunger, simply by leaving a bag of food at their mailbox on Saturday, May 14.”
Most-needed items include canned soup and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice, canned beans, tuna, and healthy cereals. As always, the food collected will be sorted by volunteers who check for use-by dates and damaged packaging.
This year marks the 24th anniversary of the event, a national effort to fight hunger. Across the country, partners supporting Stamp Out Hunger include the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), United States Postal Service (USPS), AFL-CIO, Feeding America, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), UFCW, United Way, Valassis, and Valpak.
About the Rhode Island Community Food Bank
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributes food to 60,000 struggling Rhode Islanders each month through a statewide network of 167 member agencies including food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs and senior centers. The Food Bank solicits food donations from the public and from the food industry, including supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers. To keep up with the high demand for food assistance, the Food Bank also purchases food at low cost from wholesalers. In 2015, the Food Bank distributed 9.7 million pounds of food. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. For more information, visit www.rifoodbank.org.