COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive believe the lack of a regional sponsor hurt the outcome of this year's drive.
Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says letter carriers collected an estimated 70,000 pounds of food in the Grand Rapids area May 10. That's less than half of what they collected the year prior, when a sponsor distributed paper bags printed with the Stamp Out Hunger information ahead of the drive. Traditionally, residents will fill those bags with non-perishable food items and place it by their mailbox the morning of the drive. Steiner says other communities also saw a decline in donations.
Steiner says this year's donations will provide nearly 55,000 meals for people living in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. He also says the weather cooperated during the drive; volunteers didn't lose a single food item to rain damage.