Stamp Out Hunger
Annual Town Wide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: Second Saturday in May
The National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor takes place every year on the second Saturday in May. This annual drive, by far the largest for Greenwich’s local food pantry, generates 30,000 pounds of donations of food each year. “This food drive comes at a time when our pantry shelves are running bare,” says Neighbor to Neighbor Executive Director Nancy Coughlin. “Each week we provide nutritious food at no cost for 1,000 Greenwich residents, half of whom are children.”
Watch for a yellow plastic shopping bag in each resident’s mailbox during the week before the drive. Residents are asked to fill the bag with non-perishable, non-expired food items to be donated to the food pantry. On the second Saturday in May, during their regular routes, letter carriers will collect the filled bags and bring them to Neighbor to Neighbor. Volunteers are needed to sort the donations, which then will be distributed to Greenwich residents in need.
This year residents are also able to purchase fresh produce donations online at www.ampyourgood.com. Food will be delivered directly to Neighbor to Neighbor.
Kings Food Markets generously donated the bags for this food drive as part of its Act Against Hunger initiative and its partnership with Neighbor to Neighbor. Customers can find a coupon code on the bag to be redeemed at the Kings’ Old Greenwich location.
“The Letter Carriers appreciate the community support for this food drive,” says Greenwich food drive coordinator Howard Dinnerstein, “especially in light of tough economic times for a lot of people.” Donations will assist seniors, working families, and the unemployed, as well as provide an extra supplement for children who receive free or reduced price lunch during the school year.