Community Food Bank Receives Almost 250,000 Pounds of Food from Letter Carriers’ Drive, Recycles More Than 47,970 Plastic and Paper Bags

Thanks to Southern Arizona residents, who participated in this year’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, the Community Food Bank received almost 250,000 pounds of food for hungry families. Thanks to Food City, Community Food Bank also was able to recycle the more than 47,970 plastic and paper bags that held the food donations.
“Of all the drives that we participate in, this one brings in the most pounds of food each year,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO. “Every pound of food that’s been collected will immediately assist hungry families in Southern Arizona, and we feel good knowing that Food City will help us to recycle the plastic bags from this drive.”

“Stamp Out Hunger” is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Every year, on the second Saturday of May, more than 230,000 U.S. Postal Service letter carriers hit the streets to collect non-perishable food donations from homes across the country. The food is then delivered to food banks and hunger relief organizations in more than 10,000 communities, including neighborhoods throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.

“This large food donation couldn’t come at a more perfect time, as we’re experiencing such an increase in demand right now,” said Carnegie. “In part, this is due to kids being out of school during the summer months, but it’s also because more families are seeking assistance than in previous years. To give you an idea of what the demand is like, this large donation of food will only last us until August.”

Food City assisted the food bank by picking up more than 47,970 plastic and paper bags in one of its 48-foot semitrailers so that the bags could be recycled properly – into things like paper, plastic decking, park benches and playground equipment – rather than end up in a landfill.

“We were thrilled to assist the Community Food Bank with this drive because it helps so many local families in need,” said Tucson Food City Store Director Ramon Lopez. “We’re also committed to doing our part by encouraging residents to bring their plastic bags to their neighborhood grocery store so the bags can be recycled the right way.”

Most grocery stores in Tucson proudly and prominently display large recycling bins with clearly marked Bag Central Station signs at their entrances. Bag Central Station locations allow residents and visitors to recycle plastic bags as well as many other plastic materials that are not accepted in curbside recycling bins.