Metropolitan Ministries Teams Up with National Association of Letter Carriers & Farm Share for 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
On Saturday, May 12, Participants in all 50 states will partake in the nation’s largest one-day food drive to help feed Americans in need by leaving non-perishable goods outside their doors for a united cause: to Stamp Out Hunger®. Tampa Bay residents will be able to be HOPE right here in Hillsborough County as part of the national initiative. All goods collected in 10 Hillsborough neighborhoods will benefit homeless families and individuals through services provided by Metropolitan Ministries.
For 25 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has teamed up with nonprofits nationwide via Stamp Out Hunger, helping more than 50 million people in America who suffer from hunger. This year, NALC has partnered with Farm Share as its official 2018 Florida food charity partner and Metropolitan Ministries as the local Hillsborough County benefiting nonprofit.
On May 12, letter carriers and volunteers will collect donations so Farm Share, in partnership with Metropolitan Ministries, can distribute the food to families and individuals who most need it. During last year’s Stamp Out Hunger, 70 million pounds of food were collected in Florida, which was ranked the No. 1 state for cans collected over the last decade.
“Stamp Out Hunger provides Floridians with an easy way to make a big impact locally."
"Farm Share is excited to assist with the collection and distribution of the donations, as it’s our top priority to fight hunger and provide Florida communities with nutritious food,” said Stephen Shelley, Farm Share’s chief operating officer.
“We are honored to be the selected nonprofit of choice for Tampa during the annual Stamp Out Hunger collection,” said Metropolitan Ministries President and CEO, Tim Marks. “As an organization, we continuously look for opportunities that allow our hunger programs to reach more people in need. We believe hope starts with a meal, and this partnership with NALC and Farm Share will not only help us alleviate suffering by feeding more families and individuals, but it will also open doors to additional programs for those who are in crisis beyond hunger.”
How to Help:
Fill up the Farm Share bag left in mailboxes with non-perishable foods, and leave the bag next to your mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Share on social media using the hashtag: #StampOutXFarmShare or #BeHope.