Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Is Saturday

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive will be Saturday. 

To participate in the nation’s largest, one-day food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a bag containing non-perishable food, such as canned pasta, tuna, peanut butter, dry beans or rice, next to their mailbox prior to the time of their regular mail delivery on Saturday.  Greater Chattanooga’s letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and will take the donations to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. 

During the summer months, the Food Bank’s pantries run low because donations are down. According to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, one in six people in the Chattanooga area are unsure where their next meal will come from.  The food and funds raised through this event will also help feed the one in four children in the area who are faced with the prospect of hunger. 

The Food Bank is also accepting Stamp Out Hunger donations this year along with donated canned food items. The Food Bank has 10 times the buying power of an individual buying at retail prices, so monetary donations can go even farther. 

“This is the second largest food drive of the year for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and we depend on the generosity of the community each time to make it a success,” says Maeghan Jones, president of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.  “I will be placing my bag of donated items by my mailbox on Saturday as a sign to all my neighbors that it’s Stamp Out Hunger time once again and I hope others will do the same.” 

Last May the letter carriers collected 70.7 million pounds of food nationally, the ninth consecutive food drive surpassing 70 million pounds.  More than 40,000 pounds of food was collected for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and its 20 county service area. This year, the Food Bank has a goal of 100,000 pounds. 

Linda McReynolds, vice president of Development at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank is thankful for the support of the community. “We are grateful for the generosity of our letter carriers who take the extra time in collecting the food and to our community members for donating the product.  Your support of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive does more than provide meals to those in need, you help provide nourishment for a healthier life and hope for a brighter tomorrow.” 

For more information visit www.chattfoodbank.org or call 622-1800.  Follow the drive at www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger and www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger




Chattanooga Chamber Business Calendar May 28-June 4

WED/6.1- AM Networking at Cohutta Banking Company 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Cohutta Banking Company: 800 Market Street Held the first Wednesday of every month, AM Networking brings between 75-135 business people together for an hour of networking and refreshments. AM Networking this month will be sponsored and hosted by Cohutta Banking Company. To RSVP for this event, ... (click for more)

Success Ready: A Free Career Prep And Job Fair For Teens To Be Held June 2-3

First Things First presents Success Ready , a two-day networking event for high school aged teens who are looking for summer employment and beyond. “We’re in the high schools on a regular basis teaching relationship skills,” said Julie Baumgardner, president and CEO of First Things First. “We saw the need for a type of networking and career prep event for ... (click for more)

Attorney Says Lacie Stone, Advisor To Mayor Berke, Is Victim, Not Instigator

The attorney for advisor to Mayor Andy Berke Lacie Stone said she has been thrust into the spotlight, but said she is "the victim of an unprovoked attack" by her husband, Bobby Stone. Attorney John Cavett said it is ridiculous "to suggest that she was the perpetrator." Mr. Stone is facing charges of domestic assault and vandalism. Attorney Cavett said, "It is unfortunate ... (click for more)

Dr. Russell Dyer Chosen As Director Of Schools By Cleveland City School Board

The Cleveland City School board unanimously voted Thursday afternoon to offer the job of director of Schools to Dr. Russell Dyer. Dr. Dyer serves as the chief of staff of schools in Collierville, Tn.  If Dr. Dyer accepts the school board's contract, he will be paid $132,500 a year.  After contract negotiations, the board plans for Dr. Dyer to start at Cleveland City ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Judge's Night Behind Bars

There is very little doubt that retired Army Sergeant Joe Serna has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving three tours as a Green Beret in Afghanistan. Once he barely avoided being blown up by a hidden IED and then there was another terrifying brush with a suicide bomber. But the worst was when a truck he was in slid off the roadway into a canal. “It was like ... (click for more)