May 13th turned out to be a banner day for the Apache Junction Food Bank. The USPS annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive resulted in more than 19,000 pounds of food to support the food bank’s need for summer inventory. Postal carriers picked up donations along their routes all day long, while more than 100 volunteers stood by at the food bank warehouse to unload, sort, and stock the huge influx of non-perishables.
“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said food bank board member Sharon Brown. “With kids out of school and the departure of our winter guests, our food needs increase greatly during the summer months. This will be a good start, but we’ll be in constant need of additional food as the summer goes on. Without school-supported programs, our clients’ food budgets are stretched to the breaking point. I hope our supporters will think of us when they do their grocery shopping and pick up a few extra items to donate. We can’t let our kids go hungry.”
Food bank operations manager Jim Jones gives a big shout out of thanks to the volunteers who worked so tirelessly with him all day, including Mayor Jeff Serdy, Councilwoman Christa Rizzi, City Manager Bryan Powell, and Police Chief Thomas Kelly. Store managers and associates of both the Apache Trail and Signal Butte Wal-Mart stores participated, as did National Honor Society and ROTC students from Apache Junction and Higley high schools.
Residents and businesses interested in coordinating a food drive in support of the food bank are encouraged to visit the AJFOODBANK.ORG website or call (480) 983-2995.
2017 Postal Drive