Pennsauken, NJ, May 10, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Leadership from the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the United States Postal Service (USPS), the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), and local corporations will kick-off the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger® (SOH) food drive with a 30-minute ceremony at FBSJ’s Pennsauken headquarters.
Friday, May 13, 2016
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
1501 John Tipton Boulevard, Pennsauken, NJ 08110
How SOH Works
Stamp Out Hunger is a national, single-day food drive established in 1993; this year’s SOH will take place on Saturday, May 14. Residents are asked to leave bags of shelf-stable food on their porches; the letter carriers collect the bags and return them to postal distribution centers for delivery to local hunger-relief organizations. Locally, FBSJ is expected to receive 250,000 pounds of food through this year’ SOH drive.
In 2015, the NALC collected 71 million pounds of food through SOH. Since its inception, more than one billion pounds has been collected, assisting millions of Americans.
Who (Scheduled Speakers at Kick-Off)
· Val Traore, CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey
· Charles Goushian, President, NALC Branch 540
· Bassam Awadalla, Bank of America Area Executive (NJ, DE, PA)
· Sharon Rogers, District Manager, United States Postal Service
Why SOH Matters to FBSJ
The timing of SOH is important because summer is typically a season when donations to food banks slow down. The large-volume of food from obtained from the drive helps FBSJ to maintain inventories just as many of the pantries in its network experience an increase in demand due to the close of school feeding programs.
The kick-off event will be staged in the Marketplace at FBSJ’s headquarters. Postal vehicles will be present in the adjoining parking lot. When the speakers conclude their comments, letter carriers will carry the “first” SOH bags, filled with food, to their vehicles, to officially start the 2016 SOH campaign.
About the Food Bank of South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. FBSJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food-insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives. In 2015, FBSJ provided 10 million pounds of food to nearly 200,000 South Jersey residents. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. To learn more visit www.foodbanksj.org.