Hundreds of Volunteers Stamped Out Hunger for Fellow Martin County Residents
STUART — This year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive delivered over 64,000 pounds of food to House of Hope — the equivalent of nearly 54,000 meals for Martin County residents in need. The drive, conducted May 13, is organized annually by the National Association of Letter Carriers and is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In Martin County, the drive helps to stock House of Hope’s four Client Choice pantries—Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown — with much-needed items such as canned vegetables, soup, tomato products, pasta, cereal, etc. The timing is critical for local residents who are experiencing seasonal unemployment or decreased hours as well as school lunch programs ending for the summer.
House of Hope has many groups and individuals to thank, starting with the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1690 and the thousands of local residents who put food by their mailboxes to contribute to the drive. The participating Letter Carriers collected thousands of donated bags of food stationed at the Palm City, Stuart and Stuart Annex, and Hobe Sound postal offices to load the collected food into trucks transported by volunteer drivers to the Martin County Fairgrounds. At the fairgrounds hundreds of volunteers including the following groups sorted over 32 tons of donated non-perishables: Baird Private Wealth Management, Edgewater Property-Realty, Martin County High School Football Team, Martin County High School Cheerleaders, The Chinese Club from Jensen Beach High School, The Church of Latter Day Saints, United Way of Martin County’s Leaders United Class of 2017 and current House of Hope volunteers.
Macs Burke, a running back junior at Martin County High School remarked, “I remember my first time [volunteering for Stamp Out Hunger as a freshman] I hadn’t pictured how big of a deal this was, but you know, I find it to be a really rewarding experience and I will definitely be back again next year.”
In addition to the hard-working volunteers, the daylong event could not happen without support from community-minded sponsors including Amerisweeps, Ready Refresh, Hooks Construction, Waste Management, Impressive Click, Cassidy’s Ice, Stuart Auto Body, Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law and Brooklyn Joe’s Italian Restaurant.
In Martin County, the drive helps to stock House of Hope’s four food pantries – Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown — with staples such as canned vegetables, soup, tomato products, rice, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, etc.
The influx of food is especially vital during the summertime when children are not receiving school lunches and many workers have their hours cut back because of the lull in seasonal employment.
Each year the massive undertaking provides tens of thousands of pounds of food for Martin County households. It literally takes a village to succeed between the thousands of residents who put food by their mailboxes, hundreds of volunteers who spend hours cheerfully sorting and transporting donations, to the amazing sponsors who supply the drive with many of the essentials needed to make it all happen.
Want to sign up to join in the fun by volunteering?
We are excited to have you! Sign up now by emailing Lauren Mustelier at Lauren@hohmartin.org or call (772) 286 – 4673 x 1004.
Would your business or organization like to sponsor the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive?
Email Dawn Abate at Dawn@hohmartin.org or call (772) 286 – 4673 x 1002