• Sun. Dec 3rd, 2023

Food For the Hungry

Because So Much Is Riding On Your Food For the Hungry

Letter Carriers’ 30th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a success – Macomb Daily

Last month the shelves were empty.

Now they are filled with boxes of food.

Thanks to the success of Saturday’s Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive more than 208,707 pounds of food was collected to feed the hungry. Of that total, Macomb Community Action’s Macomb Food Program received 143,655 pounds. Now the shelves in the warehouse are stocked with canned beef stew, boxes of cereal, chicken noodle soup and hundreds of other food items needed for families, frail seniors on fixed incomes, disabled veterans, the unemployed and homeless individuals.

“The Macomb Food Program is very grateful to all the employees and volunteers at the Postal Service who helped make this food drive an overwhelming success,” said Shannon Mallory, manager of the Macomb Food Program.

This is the first time since the pandemic that letter carriers across the country have been able to carry on their campaign to help the needy, which is the largest one-day food drive in the world. Since its inception in 1993, almost 2 billion pounds of non-perishable food has been collected to help restock the shelves of food banks, soup kitchens and pantries throughout America and here in Macomb County.

Macomb Food Program distributes a variety of nonperishable goods, meat, produce and dairy products to area agencies and food pantries weekly but these donations kept on the shelves of the warehouse provide emergency food boxes and meals to families and individuals struggling with food insecurity.

“I’m very grateful to them,” Mallory said, of the letter carriers who picked up donated food as they delivered mail along their routes. “It couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Who will this help?

In Macomb County there were 47,162 households or 89,347 recipients receiving food provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is also referred to as food stamps in 2019. Of those getting help, 55,584 were adults and 33,763 were children. The average cost of benefits per household was $225.69 or $119.13 per recipient.

In February of 2020 those numbers rose to 47,204 households or 89,394 recipients. Of those receiving benefits, 55,229 were adults and 34,165 were children.

As of this year there are 54,088 households in Macomb County receiving benefits. Of the 103,196 individual recipients 65,539 are adults and 39,657 are children. The average cost per household is currently $460.26 or $241.24 per recipient.

Helping to make the drive a success were the Teamsters Local 299 who provided the trucks, fuel and drivers to transport food from the post offices to the food bank.

“The Macomb Food Program is also especially thankful to everyone in Macomb County who so generously placed non-perishable food items by their mailbox,” Mallory said. “Your generosity helps thousands of people in need of food right here in our community.”

To learn more about the Macomb Food Program and its work in the county, visit mca.macombgov.org/MCA-ES-Food.


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