20th Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Goal is 225,000 Pounds
Saturday, May 12, is officially Letter Carriers Food Drive Day in the city of Boise. Maryanne Jordan, President of the Boise City Council, read the proclamation from Mayor David Bieter at a news conference Wednesday at the Main Post Office.
She was joined by Mike Morrison of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Karen Vauk, The Idaho Foodbank’s President and CEO, as well as Foodbank officials and Boise Postmaster Dan Frasier. Councilwoman Jordan, joined by the others in attendance, also saluted Mike for his 11 years as chair of the Stamp Out Hunger drive.
It is hard to overstate the importance of this food drive. With one in six Idahoans – 267,600 people – food insecure, the Foodbank provides free emergency food more than 100,000 times each month. In fiscal year 2012, the Foodbank distributed 11.3 million pounds and in partnership with more than 200 nonprofit partners provided 9.4 million meals.
Our goal this year is 225,000 pounds or 187,500 meals, Karen said. The Foodbank will also gladly accept checks made out to The Idaho Foodbank and placed in separate marked envelopes, and donations can be made online at www.idahofoodbank.org.
But it is so easy to donate. This week most postal patrons will receive WinCo grocery bags and reminder postcards in the mail. All you have to do is leave bags of non-perishable food near their mailboxes on that morning. Even one can of soup will make a difference. After that, the letter carriers and hundreds of Idaho Foodbank volunteers will take care of the rest.