The Power of Community During Stamp Out Hunger 2015

What a Stamp Out Hunger food drive day all of you across Albuquerque and Rio Rancho helped us pull off this past Saturday!

Thanks to your more than generous communitywide support, the U.S. Postal Service & National Association of Letter Carriers helped us receive more than 205,000 pounds of food in one day! This means 205,000 additional pounds of food to feed our hungry children, families, and seniors across New Mexico through one of our hungriest times of year, the summer!

As one might imagine, this proved no easy feat in terms of labor time, logistics, or sheer physical force to pull off such numbers within a 24-hour period. More than a few Roadrunner staff, U.S. Postal Service staff, and community volunteers stayed through 9 or 10 pm after starting at 2 pm to finish arranging & loading nonperishable foods. Effectively, a 7 or 8-hour work day.

Nevertheless, in the face of such hours and pounds of food, we remained dedicated to our mission of feeding our hungry neighbors. Stories such as this one we heard on Saturday kept our energy and spirits alike going:

“Thank you and the U.S. Postal Service for connecting food to help those that need assistance!

As a kid, I remember a food bank helping our family when we needed assistance after our home burned. This would be the first of several times when we needed assistance.

For all this and more, I’m sharing out two more boxes of food for Stamp Out Hunger. We cannot stop making a difference in peoples’ lives.

Again, thank you so much for all you do!”

For further words of inspiration and motivation for all of us, United Farm Workers’ co-founder & labor organizer Cesar Chavez once spoke of the power of community drive. Drive more than visible during this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Chavez shared this:

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

Thank you, U.S. Postal Service, the National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, Valpak, Valassis, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office staff, and all of the supporting businesses, organizations, & volunteers who helped make Stamp Out Hunger 2015 rock for all of us! We’ll be posting more photos from Saturday throughout the week, but wanted to launch it off with a massive THANK YOU! We could not ‪#‎meetneeds without all of you!

Photo Courtesy of Tabatha Bennett, from Five Points Postal Office Substation, Which Received an Estimated 20,000 Pounds of Food on Saturday!

 Matthew Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To share your thoughts on this post or other past ones of his, you can comment below; call him directly at (505) 349-8845; or e-mail him at

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