Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Continues to be Successful

By Melissa Crash

Published 05/10 2014 05:26PM

Updated 05/11 2014 12:04AM

In the past 22 years, over one billion pounds of food has been donated to the national association of letter carriers.

Today at Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank, many volunteers continued the annual service.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive gives the community a chance to give back. People around Terre Haute left bags of food on their door steps for volunteers to come pick up.

Keith McElroy, the food drive coordinator said, "I'm just excited that we're doing this, it's important for our community, and I'm happy to see people get to eat."

The drive reaches around 32 thousand people here in the area.

John Etling, catholic charities agency director stated, "among those 32,000 almost half of them are children and senior citizens. Certainly those individuals rely on somebody for their substance, for their basic needs in life, and this is going to go to help those individuals."

With seven surrounding counties that are impacted it's important to get involved. United way, Terre Haute south football members, and eagle scouts were all taking time to participate.

"our community needs help. We got a lot of people that are hungry. Catholic Charities pours out food to lots of areas, so we need to fill our bank here as full as we can to help keep our community going, keep people hungry, and keep up happy," said McElroy.

To keep feeding the community, the food bank also holds events like this to bring awareness to a much needed renovation.

"I think today's effort, we really want to expose the fact that we have a food bank here that needs to be upgraded and we need to get in a larger space," said Etling.

With last years food drive being the best turn out Catholic Charities has had, they are hoping each year it continues to grow.

John Etling also said, "We are hoping this food drive produces the same response as we had last year, which was almost 73,000 pounds and we really want to knock that over the top."

By looking at the turn out of today's events, Catholic Charities are expecting another successful year.

The food bank said they will know the total weight of food donated later in the week.

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