HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After two years without a canned food drive, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has returned to northern Alabama. Thousands of pounds of donated food arrived at the North Alabama Food Bank on Saturday.
“There are approximately 165,000 people in our 11-county service area who are food insecure, which means they may not know where their next meal will come from,” Joshua Matthews said. , chief operating officer of the Food Bank of North Alabama.
The Stamp Out Hunger event is a partnership between the local Postal Service and the North Alabama Food Bank.
Gerald Leonard is a postal worker who has volunteered for the food drive for 13 years.
“It’s a great opportunity to share with each other, especially to help those who are less fortunate than us,” Gerald said.
This year marks the 30th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, and the event remains one of the food bank’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Donations raised will contribute to thousands of free meals distributed in 11 Alabama counties.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the North Alabama Food Bank from holding a physical canned food drive for the past two years. Shirley Schofield, CEO of the North Alabama Food Bank, said the organization had to reduce the amount of food distributed to families.
“That’s the fewest canned goods we’ve ever had in our food bank,” Schofield said.
Schofield said Saturday’s food drive would make a big difference, but she hopes others will consider donating. The North Alabama Food Bank is accepting canned food donations. You can also make a monetary contribution online.
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