Southern Arizona residents participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers 22nd Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on May 10. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona received 236,963 pounds of food. Thanks to Food City Supermarkets, the food bank was also able to recycle 61,700 paper and plastic bags that held the food donations.
“While the results were down from last year’s numbers, we appreciate the generosity of our communities and the hard work of the National Association of Letter Carriers, staff and community volunteers for all their efforts,” said CEO Michael McDonald. “We are especially grateful for Food City’s partnership to recycle the paper and plastic bags in order to protect our environment. “
“Stamp Out Hunger” is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Every year more than 175,000 Letter Carriers collect non-perishable food donations from homes across the country. The food is then delivered to food banks and hunger relief organizations in more than 10,000 communities, including Southern Arizona.
“We are always pleased to assist the Community Food Bank with this food drive,” said Tucson Food City Store Director, Luis Valencia. “It’s rewarding to know that these bags will not end up in landfills, but will be recycled into useful items such as playground equipment.”
Food City Supermarkets, in Tucson, proudly and prominently display recycling bins with clearly marked Bag Central Station signs at their entrance. Bag Central Station locations allow residents and visitors to recycle plastic and paper bags that may not be accepted in curbside recycling bins.