Letter Carriers Food Drive Postponed, But You Can Still Help Stamp Out Hunger
Press release from Food for People:
For more than 25 years Letter Carriers nationwide have coordinated the ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive. Locally, community members were encouraged to fill bags with food donations which our local letter carriers pick up and deliver to the Food for People, the Food Bank for Humboldt County, to be distributed to people in need. The food drive’s timing, on the second Saturday in May has been vital, because by this time winter donations from the holidays have dwindled while at the same time food banks and pantries face a surge in need as families prepare for a summer where school meals are not as easily accessible.
The COVID-19 pandemic, however, forced the postponement of the food drive for safety reasons—even as the pandemic-related economic downturn has worsened food insecurity. But don’t worry – you can still help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ this summer!
Food for People and our local Letter Carriers are asking our community to help fight hunger and donate via a virtual food drive! Financial donations can triple your impact in the fight against hunger. With Food for People’s wholesale buying power, they can take the money you would use to buy ONE bag of groceries and turn it into THREE. This is especially helpful this year as Food for People works to rebuild their main facility on 14th St. following the extensive damage caused by the sewer inundation in February of 2020. The food bank has limited leased space available to store donated foods but you can help them navigate space constraints by donating funds to go towards the greatest needs of the food bank as space is available.
Community members wanting to donate food can still drop a donation in a barrel. During the month of May donation barrels will be hosted at:
- Eureka’s Henderson Center Post Office (2906 F St)
- Eureka’s Clark Street Post Office (337 W Clark St)
- Eureka – H Street Post Office (514 H St)
- Eureka – North Coast Co-op (25 4th St)
- Eureka Natural Foods (1450 Broadway St)
- Arcata – Wildberries Marketplace (747 13th St)
McKinleyville – Post Office (1561 City Center Rd)
Food for People is providing vital emergency food resources for the community during the COVID-19 crisis. Many are suffering in our community with the call for self-isolation – from families staying home with kids, to seniors unable to leave the home, or those experiencing lost wages or revenues. Food for People works to alleviate local hunger and improve the health of the community through its 18 programs and strong community partnerships. These programs include a countywide network of emergency food
pantries; mobile produce distribution to rural areas of the county; food assistance for children, seniors and homebound individuals; nutrition education; local food recovery and gleaning efforts, and more.
Help fight hunger in these difficult times, donate via a pandemic safe virtual food drive today at www.foodforpeople.org.
**Participate for a chance to win a special prize generously donated by the North Coast Co-op. Stay tuned for the details by following Food for People Inc. on Facebook and Instagram.