80,000 bags to be delivered by Washtenaw County letter carriers for Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Post office branches in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Saline and Ypsilanti will receive a delivery of 80,000 orange shopping bags from Food Gatherers today. Letter carriers will distribute the bags to residential mailboxes next week as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collection on Saturday, May 12.
The bags provided by Food Gatherers, the United Way of Washtenaw County and Bank of Ann Arbor will be delivered by local letter carriers to homes across the county as a reminder to participate in the drive. Residents may fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place the bags by their mailboxes before the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Washtenaw County letter carriers will collect these food donations and take them to Food Gatherers.
The shopping bags serve a dual purpose, to collect food and provide information for those individuals in need of food assistance. Messaging on the bag directs those in need to United Way 2-1-1, a referral line for individuals seeking information about and referrals to human services. Individuals who decline to participate in the drive are asked to recycle the bag.
The need for food assistance continues to exist in every community in America, no matter how rich or poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, the number of Americans living in food insecure homes reached nearly 49 million in 2011 (the most recent year that such data is available). In Washtenaw County, 1 in 7 individuals – and alarmingly 1 in 6 children – are at risk of hunger.
WHERE: Washtenaw County
WHEN: Bag delivery, week of May 7th
Food collection, Saturday, May 12th
About Food Gatherers:
Food Gatherers is Washtenaw County’s food bank and food rescue program, distributing 5.5 million pounds of food to more than 150 non-profit programs serving low-income adults, seniors and children annually. Through Food Gatherers Community Kitchen, more than 100,000 plates of nutritious food are served to people in need and last year 15 students graduated from our Community Kitchen Job Training Program, a culinary training program for at-risk or homeless youth. For a list of food donors and recipient agencies or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit the web at www.foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.
About the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
The National Association of Letter Carriers is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service founded in 1889. Today, the NALC maintains its tradition as a vibrant union of over 300,000 members in all 50 states and other U.S. jurisdictions. For more information, visit http://nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.
About United Way of Washtenaw County
United Way of Washtenaw County is a connecting point between community members and local human service organizations. Through its central role it consolidates, collaborates and leverages support to make every donation have more impact. In 2011, it raised more than $5.5 million to support local agencies that enable access for all residents to health, education, and stable income, improving the quality of life throughout Washtenaw County. For more information visit www.uwWashtenaw.org.
About Bank of Ann Arbor
Bank of Ann Arbor is a locally owned and operated bank with total assets and assets under management of over $1.5 billion, serving people and businesses in the Ann Arbor area with offices at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor, in the Traver Village Shopping Center, at the corner of Stadium and Liberty streets, on West Ellsworth Road in Pittsfield Township, on West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti and in Plymouth on Ann Arbor Road. Its newest office will open on Michigan Avenue in downtown Saline in late 2012. The web site is www.boaa.com. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.