Community Food Bank Receives 873,232 Pounds of Food from “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive and Recycles 117,893 Plastic Bags

Thanks to Southern Arizona residents who participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers 20th Annual “Stamp Our Hunger” food drive on May 12, 2012, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona received the equivalent of 873,232 pounds of food, based on pounds of food and cash donations.  Thanks to Food City supermarkets, the Food Bank was also able to recycle the 117,893 plastic bags that held the food donations.

“This year was one of the largest food drives ever and a great success,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.   “A special thank you goes to the National Association of Letter carriers for their terrific work and we deeply appreciate Food City’s partnership to recycle plastic bags in order to 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.

“We always look forward to assisting the Community Food Bank with this drive,” said Tucson Food City Store Director Floyd Whetton.  “It’s rewarding to know that these bags will not make their way into our landfills; instead they’ll be recycled into useful things like playground equipment.”

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 that are not accepted in curbside recycling bins.