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Stamp Out Hunger 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

Celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception as a national food drive in 1993.

The nation’s 180,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations.

In 2014, generous individuals donated more than 72 million pounds of food, which marked the eleventh consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected.

What foods are good to donate to the food drive?

Here are a few non-perishable food items requested by food pantries:

• Cereal
• Pasta
• Rice
• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Canned meals such as soups, chili, pasta
• 100% juice
• Peanut butter
• Pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce
• Macaroni & cheese
• Canned protein – tuna, chicken, turkey
• Beans – canned or dry

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger and follow the food drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

Thanks to the many Stamp Out Hunger sponsors for their support!

National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
United States Postal Service (USPS)
AFL-CIO
National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA)
United Way
Valassis
Valpak

GiveSTLDay

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#GiveSTLDay
Save the Date – May 5, 2015

Give STL Day is a 24-hour giving event with local impact. Donate to the nonprofits working on the causes YOU care about.

Last year’s inaugural effort of Give STL Day raised more than $1.1 million for 528 local nonprofits. The Foodbank was lucky enough to receive 190 gifts totaling more than $8,000 on that day.

This year we’re setting a goal of trying to raise at least $10,000 in 24 hours. That would help us provide 40,000 meals for hungry families throughout the bi-state region.

Learn more at http://givestlday.org

#WeSparkChange

3 Ways to Help Fight Hunger Spark Change

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Through May 3, Walmart is teaming up with some of America’s favorite food manufacturers to fight hunger and spark change across the country.

There are three ways you can help feed local families:

Buy Your Favorite Foods at Walmart Stores

At area Walmart locations, when you purchase designated products from Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft and Unilever, it will trigger a donation of 10 cents to Feeding America to help secure one meal on behalf of the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Donate at the Register

You can make a donation of $1, $2, or $5 at the register of your local Walmart. Within our 26-county service territory, 100% of these funds will be allocated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Share Your Smile on Social Media

During the campaign, Walmart will raise awareness about the one in six people nationally that struggle with hunger. Take a picture with six people who commit to fight hunger. Post the picture publicly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WeSparkChange. Walmart will donate $10 to Feeding America for every qualified post, up to $1.5 million. Funds raised will be distributed equitably among participating Feeding America food banks.

For more information on the campaign and to see how many meals have been secured for local families, click here.

Volunteers Needed!

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

May 9, 2015 | 3 Hour Shifts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Area Post Offices


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On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

The nation’s 180,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations.

We need volunteers to help pick-up, sort and package the food at Post Offices around St. Louis. 

Read more

Save on Riverfront Times Iron Fork Tickets

Iron Fork Tickets

The St. Louis Area Foodbank is excited to be a part of the 9th annual Riverfront Times Iron Fork event.

If you use our link and promo code, you’ll save $5 on each VIP and general admission ticket!

Guests will enjoy cocktails, signature dishes from 40 hand-selected restaurants and a chef competition featuring some of the city’s top culinary talents.

Participating restaurants include Cielo, Fork & Stix, Grove East Provisions/Red Fox Bakery, Juniper, Kakao Chocolate, Layla, Mission Taco Joint, Pappy’s Smokehouse, Strange Donuts, Quincy Street Bistro, Salume Beddu, Seoul Taco, Three Flags Tavern, plus many more to be announced.

The chef’s competition is sponsored by Whole Foods Market!

This event has sold-out the past two years!

Thursday, April 2, 2015
7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
St. Louis Union Station Hotel
$40 GA | $80 VIP
Use our promo code IRONBANK and save $5 per ticket!


A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Foodbank

Hunger Is No Laughing Matter Pre-Party Pictures!

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the first Friends of the Foodbank Pre-Party for Hunger Is No Laughing Matter.

We enjoyed delicious food by Mission Taco Joint and beverages from A-B In Bev and Glazer’s Distributors. We were also lucky to spend a little time with our headliners The Sklar Brothers and opening acts Kelsey McClure, Hot Comedy with Kenny Kinds and Nick Vatterott.

National School Lunch Week

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As we wrap up National School Lunch Week it is important to acknowledge the changing structure in nutrition within our school cafeterias. This week we are sharing three important perspectives on the school lunch program and the recent changes seen in schools nationwide.

Your Turn: School lunch rules are working

In 2010 the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act kick started the mission to have healthier, more nutritious meals available to our students. This effort was part of a larger picture to reduce the obesity epidemic affecting school children. As we prepare for the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization it’s important to show the importance of nutritious lunch and breakfast programs available to our school children, especially those receiving free or reduced meals.

The Foodbank’s School Breakfast program targets area schools with a high rate of students receiving free or reduced lunch and helps them establish a well-rounded, breakfast program to encourage more students to participate.

Learn more about the impact the changes are having in Tim English’s article

Empowering Students to Make the Healthy Choice the Right Choice

We are hearing very positive feedback as a result of the new nutrition guidelines implemented throughout schools nationwide. Victoria Wittrock, Food Service Supervisor of the West Central School District in South Dakota, sheds some light on the positive attributes associated with the recent changes to the School Lunch and Breakfast program. This story is just one real-life story as part of the series, Cafeteria Stories by the USDA.

Read more about Victoria’s experience implementing the new guidelines

5 Tips to a Better School Lunch

School cafeterias provide the fuel needed by our children to maintain a strong energy throughout the day and contribute to their educational success. Some of the new nutrition guidelines on the menu may be a challenge for some students to accept; that’s why it is important that parents, grandparents and guardians become involved in making the transition to a more nutritious menu a little easier. The following article provides five great tips on how to encourage your kids to try the new items on the menu.

Get registered dietitian, Jen Haugen’s tips on how parents can get involved

Hunger Close to Home

Thank you to everyone who joined the Friends of the Foodbank at the The Biergarten- STL at Anheuser-Busch Brewery for an engaging and informative discussion on the recent Hunger in America 2014 study.

Every four years a national study is conducted that collects data on hunger from those struggling to put food on their tables. We were thrilled to have study coordinators from Feeding America, along with representatives from the Foodbank and local food pantries in attendance. They shared their insights and personal stories on this deeply rooted issue in our region.

A Few Spare Minutes to Make a Big Impact

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. You can do anything you decide to do.”

–       Amelia Earhart

I think most of us aspire to make a difference – either in our careers, in the lives of our loved ones, or in our community.

But life, with all its complications and commitments, often seems to stand in the way.

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Though we may have the best of intentions, we somehow never seem to find the time or energy to do all that we hope to do.

Like many of us, I often tell myself that I’ll be able to do more giving back later in my life. . .when my son is older. When my work is less busy. When I have fewer social commitments.

The trouble with “later” is that inevitably, something or someone new always appears. That hope for “later” becomes a mirage we continually chase.

What if I could do something NOW? Is there something I can do in my small snippets of free time that would still make a difference?

Right now, the St. Louis Area Foodbank needs your online vote to help us win a $60,000 grant. If we win, we will be able to provide more than 200,000 additional meals to families in need!

You can vote once a day at http://stlfoodbank.org/clickforacause. Just put MO in the search bar and vote for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Then share with your friends and family and encourage them to vote too!

Then, as we continue to celebrate Hunger Action Month, I’m happy to say that there are a myriad of additional things I – and those like me – can do.

Here’s a list of small actions that require just a few moments to achieve, but still make a big impact. You can make a difference in the lives of the 1 in 8 people in our community who struggle with hunger.

 By Bethany Prange

St. Louis Area Foodbank Social Media Specialist