Farm Share joins “Stamp Out Hunger” – The nation’s largest single day food drive
For Immediate Release April 2, 2018
FARM SHARE JOINS “STAMP OUT HUNGER” – THE NATION’S LARGEST SINGLE DAY FOOD DRIVE
HOMESTEAD, FL., April 2nd, 2018 – Farm Share, a non-profit whose aim is that no one will go hungry and food will not go to waste, is asking Florida’s support on Saturday, May 12th to join the nation’s largest domestic hunger – relief operation – the National Association of Letter Carriers annual campaign, STAMP OUT HUNGER food drive.
Hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers, STAMP OUT HUNGER is the largest single-day food drive in the country and benefits the one in six Floridians who are food insecure, reside in food deserts and the millions of Floridians who live in hunger. STAMP OUT HUNGER donations are 100% tax deductible and helps support local food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and those non-profit organizations throughout Florida who are feeding the hungry.
To support this effort, Farm Share, the lead agency coordinating efforts in all 67 counties, is asking Floridians to collect non-perishable food items and place them in the Farm Share bag left in their mailboxes on Saturday, May 12th. A letter carrier will pick-up all items left in the designated bags and deliver them to local food banks, food pantries, and designated Farm Share “collection sites”. Items will then be weighed and distributed to individuals and families facing hunger in the communities where the items were collected.
Farm Share, established in 1991, alleviates hunger and fights poverty by recovering and distributing healthy and nutritious fruits, vegetables, proteins and other non-perishable food to Florida families, children, seniors and individuals in need. Based in Homestead, FL with operations in Florida City, Pompano Beach, Quincy and Jacksonville, “The Stamp Out Hunger food drive will provide residents with an easy way to make an impact in the neighborhoods where they live, worship, work and play,” stated Stephen R. Shelley, COO of Farm Share.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held annually on the second Saturday of May throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam in an effort to collect non-perishable items in a time when most food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and others who feed the hungry are empty and in need of assistance.
Armed with over 2,000 partnering agencies throughout the state, Farm Share has committed to a vision that no Floridian will go hungry and no food will go to waste. Known for its’ collaborations, Farm Share has worked with Florida farmers, wholesalers, distributors and others to retrieve imperfect, yet edible fruits, vegetables and proteins that would otherwise be discarded due to size, shape, color or aesthetics. In 2017, Farm Share provided nearly 52M pounds of food to 10.5M households during 2017; up from 2016’s efforts of 40.4M pounds.
As hunger increases, a reported 14.7% of Floridians and 20.7% of its children currently live below the poverty line. Florida ranks 20th in identification of food insecure households in 2017, noting those in need experienced difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of money or other resources at least once during the calendar year.
To learn more about Farm Share, visit www.farmshare.org or dial its headquarters at 305.246.3276. Contact: Gussie Flynn Director of Communications & Marketing O: 305.246.3276 x 102; C: 305.772.5922 Gussie@farmshare.org