The results are in from this year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank received more than 192,000 pounds of food during the May 11 drive.
That will provide more than 160,000 meals to families in the Blue Ridge area during the first few weeks of summer.
Charlottesville alone brought in more than 71,000 pounds of food. The valley brought in more than 46,000.
The food bank says this drive is especially important for dealing with lower donations during the summer.
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank MEDIA RELEASE
STAMP OUT HUNGER SUPPLIES FOOD BANK WITH BIG BOOST
Nation's Largest, Single-Day Food Drive Brings in more than 192,000 Pounds of Food
(VERONA, Va. - May 20, 2013) --- The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank received more than 192,000 pounds of food during Stamp Out Hunger on May 11. That will provide more than 160,000 meals to families in the Blue Ridge region during the first few weeks of summer.
Now in its 21st year, Stamp Out Hunger is one of the Food Bank's most important food drives of the year, as it helps stock the shelves before the summer slump. While hunger doesn't take a summer vacation, food and financial donations plummet dramatically between June and September. Stamp Out Hunger provides a much-needed boost.
"We're grateful to have this generous outpouring of support heading into our most difficult time of year," said Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. "We're also most thankful to the National Association of Letter Carriers, local organizers and every mail carrier who participated in this effort. We know that this food drive prolonged their workday and added to an already heavy workload. Stamp Out Hunger wouldn't be successful without them and we truly appreciate their service."
On average, 115,000 people are receiving emergency food assistance each month through the Food Bank and its network of 250 community partners. While the donations from Stamp Out Hunger provide a tremendous lift, it won't last long. Most of the donations will be distributed by mid-June, well before the end of summer.
Results by Region
Shenandoah Valley: 46,700+ pounds
(Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro)
Winchester: 41,800+ pounds
Charlottesville: 71,100+ pounds
Lynchburg: 32,400+ pounds
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