Thanks to the generosity of customers and employees, the 2012 "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive was a resounding success.
Locally, Lee County netted 301,295 pounds of food and Collier County reported collections of 269,340 pounds. Many local food pantries receive the donations that were collected.
At one local food pantry a boy was able to select a box of Pop Tarts and he excitedly told his mother, "Oh boy, now maybe my friends will come to my house to play again." Another child proclaimed, "Wow, look at all the food we have now" - because his family had received some vegetables.
The Postal Service, the National Association of Letter Carriers, Feeding America, the Campbell Soup Company and other partner organizations, including the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and other USPS employees, worked together and collected more than 70.5 million pounds of food during the nation's largest single-day food drive.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the 2012 "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" and was the ninth consecutive time donations totaled more than 70 million pounds. Since the program began in 1992, more than 1 billion pounds of food has been collected to help feed America's hungry.
Recent statistics indicate that about 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, now live in families that lack sufficient food. These results will enable the food pantries across the country to help feed the 50 million Americans - one-third of them children - who live in families that lack sufficient food.
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The Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold the largest one-day food drive in the nation - on the second Saturday in May.
Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.