Partnership challenges Quad Citizens to donate food during the 32nd annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

United Way Quad Cities is pleased to partner with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the nation’s largest one-day food drive. In partnership with River Bend Food Bank and local labor partners, this event on Saturday, May 11, aims to rally the community together in gathering non-perishable food donations to benefit Quad Cities families and children.

“We are thrilled to partner with our friends in organized labor, letter carriers and the wider community for another year of Stamp Out Hunger,” said Amy Fanning, AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison at United Way Quad Cities. “Together, we doubled the amount of food collected during last year’s Stamp Out Hunger, extending the impact to even more of our neighbors who experience hunger and anxiety over where their next meal will come. We’re looking forward to continuing that momentum this year.”

To participate, residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11, leaving their mail carrier to do the rest. Donations go directly back to the community, benefiting local food pantries and shelters.

Some of the top requested food items are cereal, pasta, rice, canned fruits and vegetables and soups.

No frozen food, homemade food, home-canned items or items in glass containers will be accepted.

Since its start 32 years ago, Stamp Out Hunger has collected over 1.82 billion pounds of food, uniting communities all over the country in support of their neighbors.

“Good health creates a foundation that impacts everything from how well a child can learn to how much an adult will earn.” Fanning said. “United Way is proud to provide support to local families, removing a barrier that can hold Quad Cities residents back from reaching their full potential.”

“With the cost of basic needs like food, gas and housing continually rising, thousands of our neighbors are forced to make difficult choices every day between buying groceries for their family or paying for other necessities like utilities and medicines,” said Jenny Colvin, Chief Development Officer at River Bend Food Bank. “Stamp Out Hunger is a great example of our community uniting together to meet the needs of our communities and help ensure local food pantries and shelters are stocked for the summer.”


According to Tracey Bultinck, City Letter Carrier and Food Drive Coordinator, “The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has stood the test of time, with 32 years of partnership between the NALC, River Bend Food Bank and United Way. And, I’ve seen it bring out the best in our community, which has helped make it successful year after year, even in a post-COVID world where the need is higher than ever.”

To find out if your letter carrier is participating, please visit your local post office.

For more information about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, click here.

Thank you to our 2024 Stamp Out Hunger partners.

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