PHOTOS: Food Pantry Makes Huge Gain at 'Stamp Out Hunger'
Sussex Outreach Services raked in donations during the annual ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive, a cause celebrating its 20th anniversary.
It’s estimated that 5.7 million Americans utilize food banks like Sussex Outreach Services to supplement their pantries at home, and with such a great need, Sussex residents jumped into action.
More than 7,000 food items were collected in the village during the annual “Stamp Out Hunger Day,” on Saturday, May 12. The National Letter Carriers Association organizes the collection, and local Sussex postal carriers put a plastic bag in every mailbox in hopes of snagging donations.
“We received over 7,000 items of food in the drive,” said Sussex Outreach Services Director Jennifer Waltz. “I’m really happy with the results and our shelves are groaning. We had some amazing help from the Hamilton High School Robotics team and Grace Lutheran Church, in addition to some of our regular volunteers. We could not have organized it all without the help of those great volunteers!”
Sussex is one of the more than 10,000 communities nationally who participated in collecting food for local pantries. Since its inception in 1993, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food.