‘Stamping’ out hunger in Tippecanoe County

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – For more than two decades the Lafayette branch of the United States Postal Service has been helping to fight hunger in Tippecanoe County.

Saturday was the 22nd year postal service employees and volunteers participated in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Coordinator and postal service employee Nan Leman started work early Saturday morning, but said it’s a labor of love.

“We’re setting up tables, getting things ready, getting our volunteers coordinated, so everything is set up for organization when we get incoming food,” said Leman.

During the annual food drive postal service customers donate non-perishable foods by either leaving them on their doorsteps or bringing them to the local post office. More than 120 volunteers worked with more than 100 postal carriers to sort and load the items onto a truck for local Food Finders Food Bank.

Food Finder’s Amy Gaulke said the food drive comes at a critical time of the year when schools are no longer in session.

“Often schools have a free and reduced breakfast and lunch program, and in the summertime, obviously, that’s no longer available. So, this food really helps out those families in need,” said Gaulke.

Leman said last year about 64,000 pounds of non-perishable foods were collected, and this year they hope to collect at least 70,000 pounds. Even if they don’t beat last year’s record, Leman said it’s good to know this event is helping to feed hungry people in her community.

“At the end of the day, it’s a very fulfilling feeling knowing that you’re able to provide for people in the community,” said Leman.

Those looking to provide for people in need haven’t missed their chance. Donations of non-perishable food will still be accepted through May 17.

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