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Jamaica, Queens Residents Are Invited to 'Stamp Out Hunger'

New York, NY (April 28, 2003)  Jamaica, Queens residents have a simple but meaningful way to help fight hunger in New York City by participating in Stamp Out Hunger, the nation's largest food drive, May 5–10. Hunger relief organizations including the Food Bank For New York City, the city's only food bank and largest provider of food to the hungry, have teamed up with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service to conduct the citywide campaign, now in its eleventh year. There are two ways for residents to contribute canned or non-perishable food items: place donations near their mailbox on Saturday, May 10 and letter carriers will pick it up or drop off the donation at any of the 20 Jamaica post office locations May 5–10.

Last year, more than 60 tons of food were collected in Queens, enough food for approximately 87,000 meals for hungry New Yorkers. Nationwide, 70 million pounds were collected. In New York City, more than 1.5 million people are at risk of going hungry. The Food Bank's network of more than 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and other community food programs works to ensure that they do not go hungry by providing food. The Food Bank supports 202 Queens programs.

"The Food Bank is grateful to the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Post Office for their ongoing support in the fight against hunger," said Dr. Lucy Cabrera, president and chief executive officer of the Food Bank. "Several years of sustained high-demand for emergency food assistance have taken a toll on the Food Bank's ability to keep up with needs of hungry New Yorkers. Food collected during Stamp Out Hunger will help to offset that demand."

The Food Bank For New York City, formerly Food For Survival, works to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. As the city's largest hunger relief organization, the Food Bank collects, warehouses and distributes food throughout the city's five boroughs. Last year the Food Bank distributed 61 million pounds of food to more than 1,000 nonprofit community food programs — including food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and shelters. The Food Bank also offers ongoing support to food programs through its Education Institute for Community Program Advancement, Annual Agency Conference and other programs that build capacity and improve efficiency. As a resource center for member food programs, legislators, the media and the public, the Food Bank regularly conducts research about hunger in New York City and plays an active role in public policy issues at the city, state and national levels.

Anna Shenk

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