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The Journey of Your Stamp Out Hunger Bag

You may have wondered what exactly happens to the food you put in your Stamp Out Hunger bag. The short answer? It feeds hungry people. The long answer involves a lot of heavy lifting, generous people, and a glimpse inside how Food Lifeline works.

It all starts with you.

After you fill your bag and put it out by your mailbox, your local Branch 79 letter carrier loads the food into their truck. Then volunteers at postal stations load those bags into large cardboard totes. Our drivers transport those pallets of food back to Food Lifeline’s warehouses.

Next come more volunteers, who sort all that food, separating cereal from tuna and canned beans from rice. Then that food gets delivered to your local food bank. From there it goes out into the homes of hungry people across Western Washington.

All along the way, we track this food, making sure that the food collected stays local. For example, if you live in Ballard, the food you donate on Stamp Out Hunger will stock the shelves of the Ballard Food Bank.

Last year your donation to Stamp Out Hunger helped to provide over half a million meals in our community. So this May 9th, join with us to help make this food drive a success and fill your bag with food.

Want to do more?

Last year 122 volunteers gave 416 hours of their time to help make Stamp Out Hunger a success. We would love your help on May 9th, so please sign up today.

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