Stamp Out Hunger Campaign Generates 500,000 Pounds Of Food Donations

(FOX 11) Inside the IBEW Local 11 Warehouse in Commerce volunteers began unloading trucks full of food donations as part of a national effort to "Stamp Out Hunger" Saturday.

"We expect to unload between 500,000 to 600,000 pounds of food," Labor Community Services Manager Margarita Chavez said.

This is the 23rd year the National Association of Letter Carriers has been running the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

"Years ago, mail carriers started noticing that kids weren't getting enough food in the summer months because there were no school lunch programs" Chavez said. That's why they started this national effort.

All day long Letter carriers throughout Los Angeles County collected non-perishable food donations as they delivered mail along their postal routes.

"We're talking canned soup, cereal, vegetables, meats, fish, pasta, all non perish able goods," Chavez said.

The campaign, Chavez says, is the nation's largest single-day food drive and is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states as well as The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands and Guam.

The food will go to local community, union and church food banks.

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