Concho Valley Food Bank to host annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

With the support of the U.S. Postal Service, the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank, the United Way of the Concho Valley and the National Association of Letter Carriers will host its 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday.

According to executive director Gregory Duke, the event will benefit the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank and its 78 agencies in 100 different locations.

The event kicked off Tuesday where the goal was to inform San Angelo residents that a paper sack will be delivered to them by Thursday, so they have a couple of days to prepare items to donate to the food bank.

Food bank

Approximately 30-40,000 empty sacks will be distributed to people in the community who receive postal services at their residence or business. The people that have post office boxes will not receive sacks, but have the opportunity to donate at the post office.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is an all-day event Saturday, where letter carriers will pick up the sacks of canned goods as they are making their mail runs, Duke said.

Food bank

“It has to be non-perishable food items liked canned and boxed food; it cannot be glass, frozen food, fresh meat or anything that spoils easily. Only good and durable products that can last for a long time will be accepted,” he said.

After the letter carriers collect the sacks filled with food, they will bring it back to the food bank where it will be weighed, processed, documented, sorted, categorized and prepared to be picked up by an agency, who will distribute to under-served clients and people who need it the most.

Food can also be donated directly to the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank, which is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 325-655-3231.