Rochester, MN — (May 17, 2018) — On Saturday, May 12th, letter carriers, their postal patrons, and Seneca Foods, raised 83,270 pounds of food for Channel One, during the 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Stamp Out Hunger, a national food drive coordinated by the National Letter Carriers Association, partners letter carriers with local food shelves to help feed people in need, and is the largest one day food drive in the country.
Locally, letter carriers brought in 41,794 pounds of food, and Seneca Foods contributed 41,476 pounds of food in honor of TJ Palmby and Preacher Palmby, former letter carriers. In total, 83,270 pounds of food were collected and transported by Channel One volunteers and postal workers from the Bear Creek Post Office and the Valleyhigh Post Office in Rochester.
The food will be distributed locally. The timing is especially important because it comes just in time for summer, a time when many families need additional food support. Over 23,000 children in southeast Minnesota no longer have access to school and lunch programs over the summer months, and as a result, the food shelf sees much higher than normal usage, but donations of food generally decrease.
“The postal carriers, and our community, go above and beyond to help us fight hunger through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,” said Virginia Merritt “The food that was donated by postal customers, along with the generous donation from Seneca Foods, will help us prepare to feed thousands of families this summer. We are so grateful for everyone’s support.”
In addition to food donations, financial contributions in support of feeding people in need can be made to Channel One online at www.helpingfeedpeople.org.
Channel One Regional Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, alleviates hunger through innovative and efficient programs and partnerships that feed people and change lives. Channel One operates six programs to serve local and area needs: a food bank, food shelf, mobile pantry, Backpack Program, Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS), and Green Gardens Program.
Channel One Regional Food Bank mobilizes organizations, volunteers and donors to serve the network of more than 185 nonprofit programs feeding children, adults and families in need. In fiscal year 2016-17, 75 percent of all food distributed to people in need by our partner agencies was provided by Channel One. With these partnerships, Channel One was able to provide food for 7,827,547 meals to people in 14 counties in Southeast Minnesota and La Crosse County, Wisconsin. For more information, call 507-287-2350 or visit helpingfeedpeople.org.
The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.
Seneca Foods is North America’s leading provider of packaged fruits and vegetables, with facilities located throughout the United States. Its high quality products are primarily sourced from over 2,000 American farms. Seneca holds the largest share of the retail private label, food service, and export canned vegetable markets, distributing to over 90 countries. Products are also sold under the highly regarded brands of Libby’s®, Aunt Nellie’s®, Green Valley®, CherryMan®, READ®, Seneca Farms® and Seneca labels, including Seneca snack chips. In addition, Seneca provides contract packing services mostly through its wholly owned subsidiary Truitt Bros., Inc. Also, Seneca provides vegetable products under a contract packing agreement with B&G Foods North America, under the Green Giant label. Seneca’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Stock Market under the symbols “SENEA” and “SENEB”. SENEA is included in the S&P SmallCap 600, Russell 2000 and Russell 3000 indices.