Community Food Bank Receives 619,724 Pounds of Food from Letter Carriers Drive, Recycles 83,638 Plastic Bags

Thanks to Southern Arizona residents who participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers 19th Annual “Stamp Our Hunger” food drive, the Community Food Bank received the equivalent of 619,724 pounds of food, based on pounds of food and cash donations.  Thanks to Food City supermarkets, the food bank was able to recycle the 83,638 plastic bags that held the food donations.

“This is Southern Arizona’s largest food drive of the year,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank. “This food will immediately help hungry families. We deeply appreciate Food City’s partnership to recycle plastic bags so that we protect our environment.”

“Stamp Out Hunger” is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.  Every year more than 230,000 U.S. Postal Service letter carriers 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 Southern Arizona.

Food City supermarkets assisted the food bank by picking up more than 83,638 plastic bags so they could be recycled into things like plastic decking, park benches and playground equipment – rather than end up in a landfill.

“We’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment by collecting plastic bags at our stores to be recycled properly,” said Tucson Food City Store Director Phillip MacKenzie-Low. “It’s important for us all to work together for a cleaner Tucson, for the families who live here today, and for future generations.”

Food City grocery stores in Tucson proudly and prominently display recycling bins with clearly marked Bag Central Station signs at their entrance.  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.