LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A hefty goal of 70,000 pounds of food is set for the annual Stamp Out Hunger drive. Food Finders Food Bank needs the community’s help on Saturday to reach its target, especially entering the summer months.
In Greater Lafayette, Saturday, May 10 was proclaimed by the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette as Letter Carriers Food Drive Day. Local postal workers will once again participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of this food drive nationally, and the 21st year locally.
Food donations collected Saturday will go directly to Food Finders Food Bank for distribution to its partner agencies in 16 counties, according to Food Finders. Representatives said in the summer months, food insecure families rely more heavily on food pantries due to the absence of the free and reduced lunch programs offered by schools.
Food Finders Director of Operations Kim Motuliak said the donations are essential to providing food during the summer.
“This food drive provides a lot of critical variety of food for families,” said Motuliak. “It also helps us as we go into the summer months. Because we have the kids home, and families are automatically needing more and more meals to supplement when those school meals aren’t available.”
As hunger plays an even more significant role in the lives of many families, Food Finders would like to surpass its total from 2013. Last year, the Greater Lafayette community helped in collecting over 63,000 pounds of food. This year, the organization has set a goal of 70,000 pounds.
Greater Lafayette residents are encouraged to participate in the largest one-day food drive effort of the year. Non-perishable food donations will be picked up rain or shine directly from resident mailboxes by postal workers on Saturday, May 10. People may also donate by purchasing pre-bagged items at any local Marsh Supermarket.