AREA STAMP OUT HUNGER SURPASSES 2011 IN TOTAL AMOUNT OF FOOD COLLECTED IN WESTERN WISCONSIN

[Eau Claire, WI] (May 14, 2012) – Early tallies from the Saturday, May 12th Stamp out Hunger Food Drive show over 156,000 pounds of food was collected in the Chippewa Valley, with local food pantries and shelters reporting a significant increase from 2011. In the city of Eau Claire and Altoona, over 63,000 pounds of food was collected, and the city of Chippewa Falls saw over 20,000 pounds of food donated.

“Every year, the outpouring of community support for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive amazes me,” said Emily Moore, executive director of Feed My People. “This year, Feed My People received more donations than ever before!  We simply cannot thank the volunteers and donors enough for helping our neighbors in need.”

Dale Weibel, chair of the local food drive, thanks all participating residents, volunteers, and the area letter carriers who worked above and beyond on the day of the drive to make the 2012 Stamp Out Hunger an absolute success.

Locally, Feed My People Food Bank, The Salvation Army of Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, and St. Francis Food Pantry received multiple truckloads of food collected from the food drive. Food collected in other counties was delivered to food banks and pantries in their area.

“There are many struggling families in our community who will directly benefit from the immense generosity that Chippewa Valley residents demonstrated on May 12th,” said James Peters, Director of Marketing for United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley.

May is a critical time for food pantries and shelters since inventory from holiday donations are depleted and school lunch programs won’t be available in the summer months.

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