A pantry spokesperson says one of the nation’s largest food collection drives “went off without a hitch” in West Michigan.
Saturday, May 11 was the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter carriers picked up bags of donations left at mailboxes throughout the Grand Rapids area. Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan says seven area post office branches collected about 150,000 pounds of food, and more is expected to trickle in throughout the week.
Steiner says 190 volunteers helped Feeding America West Michigan staff members and letter carriers collect, sort and ship the food to the pantry’s warehouse in Comstock Park. The donations are expected to provide roughly 117,000 meals to the one in six people struggling with hunger in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Participating post offices include:
- Northwest (1625 Walker NW, Grand Rapids): 32,635 pounds
- Patterson/East Paris (3970 South Green