Stamp out Hunger Food Drive Down 11K Pounds

By Funk, Joel | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), June 12, 2017 | Go to article overview

Stamp out Hunger Food Drive Down 11K Pounds


Funk, Joel, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


Headline: Stamp Out Hunger numbers down Subhead: Donations fell by more than 10,000 pounds from previous year Web headline: Stamp Out Hunger donations down more than 10,000 pounds At a glance The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive saw numbers in Cheyenne fall in 2017 by more than 10,000 pounds from the previous year. No one involved could say why it was the case, but sources speculate Wyoming's economy, the weather and other factors could be responsible. Wyoming Tribune Eagle CHEYENNE - This year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive, conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers, saw numbers drop from 2016, and it's hard to pin down exactly why. May 13 marked the 25th year of the annual food drive. Each year, letter carriers with the United States Postal Service collect donations left at mailboxes to help restock food pantry shelves. In Cheyenne, multiple agencies benefit from the drive, providing food to those who might otherwise have gone hungry. Cheyenne's donations in May totaled 29,000 pounds. "Once again, Cheyenne residents responded in an overwhelming way," said David Rupert, postal spokesman for Wyoming. "The yearly food drive is the nation's largest for one reason - our carriers are part of our communities. They often see the need firsthand and are a trusted, daily presence in everyone's' lives." And while 29,000 pounds of food donations in a single day is great, it's a significant drop from the 40,351 pounds collected in 2016. Casper's 2017 total of 28,500 pounds was also far shy of the 41,507 pounds collected the previous year.

The entire state of Wyoming in 2016 collected 153,015 pounds, but the 2017 statewide totals were not available by deadline Friday. Rupert said it's difficult to determine why Cheyenne saw a drop in donations. A multitude of speculative factors could have played a role, he said. "The weather on that day was outstanding across the state, which may have enticed more people outside, away from home," he said. "Additionally, the Wyoming economy isn't as good as it has been in the past. In times of plenty, it seems as if people have more to share. In times of need, we sometimes see contributions decline." One of the local beneficiaries, Needs Inc., did notice this year's donations were a fair amount less, said Executive Director Barbara Fecht. While the food pantry received around 9,000 pounds in 2016, she said it was down to about 5,000 this year. Fecht said it's difficult to say why that happened. "It's funny because last year was so nasty outside - it was raining to no end," she said. "This year, it was a gorgeous day. I thought last year people held back because they didn't want to put stuff out that might get soggy or ruined." This year, the annual Day of Giving, a community charitable event that collects food, cash and other kinds of donations, took place the day before Stamp Out Hunger. …

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