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Stamp Out Hunger racks up 108,000 lbs of food in Grand Rapids

Letter carriers nearly double the amount of food collected for those in need during this year's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Staff and volunteers from Feeding America West Michigan unload food at the Kentwood Post Office branch.

Staff and volunteers from Feeding America West Michigan unload food at the Kentwood Post Office branch. /Feeding America West Michigan

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Post Office Branch Results

Northwest/Walker Ave: 23,051 pounds

East Paris: 22,559 pounds

Northeast/Three Mile Road: 20,262 pounds

Wyoming: 13,428 pounds

Main/Grand River Carrier Annex: 13,387 pounds

Eastown: 8,667 pounds

Kentwood: 6,911 pounds

Total: 108,265 pounds

Stamp Out Hunger brought letter carriers, food bankers and Rapidians together to address food insecurity.

Stamp Out Hunger brought letter carriers, food bankers and Rapidians together to address food insecurity. /Feeding America West Michigan

The National Association of Letter Carriers has been coordinating Stamp Out Hunger for 24 years.

The National Association of Letter Carriers has been coordinating Stamp Out Hunger for 24 years. /National Association of Letter Carriers

This year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive lived up to its name. On Saturday, letter carriers collected more than 108,000 pounds of food donated by Grand Rapids residents. The food was given to Feeding America West Michigan.

That was a significant increase from last year, when the drive brought in just over 60,000 pounds of food. More donations are expected to trickle in throughout the week as carriers gather up any leftover donations along their routes.

“When it’s all said and done, we could very easily be looking at double what we took in last year,” said Feeding America West Michigan CEO Ken Estelle. “I don’t ever remember seeing such a big jump from one year to another.”

The increase came in spite of the day’s wild weather, with rain, snow and hail lashing carriers and food bank volunteers as they collected donations. Estelle credits the success to strong media coverage and support from Meijer, which provided paper collection bags to more than half the city.

“We got a taste of just about every season Michigan has to offer on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the carriers or our volunteers and staff from doing a great job,” Estelle said.

Feeding America West Michigan will distribute the food to people in need through its network of hunger-relief agencies in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

While Stamp Out Hunger’s national total is still being tallied, last year’s drive secured approximately 71 million pounds of food for hunger-relief organizations across the country.

Local sponsors include Fox 17, Meijer, Heart of West Michigan United Way, the Kent-Ionia Labor Council and the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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