Did you know that Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank hosts more than 13,000 volunteers each year? Our volunteers are essential to our ability to sort, repack and distribute 2.2 million pounds of food each year… that’s equivalent to 1,800,000 meals for our community members in need!
We ask volunteers to help us in so many ways: from our repack warehouse to Produce to People distributions, community events to gleaning, clerical support to advocacy. But most importantly, our volunteers help us to raise the volume of our collective voice within the communities we serve, sharing our mission with friends and family members. We truly could not do what we do without this amazing volunteer network. You are foodbankers, making the difference in helping to provide food for our neighbors in need!
Letter Carrier. Advocate. Volunteer.
Meet our good friend, Chuck. For the past 23 years, Chuck has spearheaded ‘Stamp Out Hunger’, the national letter carriers food drive at the McKeesport branch. Each year in May, Chuck oversees the collection of thousands of non-perishable items from more than 87,000 homes throughout the communities of Port Vue, Liberty, Dravosburg, Elizabeth and Belle Vernon.
Since 2009, Chuck and the McKeesport Post Office have collected more than 40,000 pounds of food through ‘Stamp Out Hunger’. Additionally they collect many more pounds of non-perishable groceries that they give directly to local food pantries in the area.
Ivy Ero, who coordinates outreach and education programming for the Food Bank, has worked with Chuck since 1992, when he began managing the national letter carriers food drive. We asked Ivy to reflect on Chucks volunteer tenure with the Food Bank.
“When I think of Chuck and his determination every year to make the Letter Carriers Food Drive successful I think of the qualities that make him such an honorable and kind human. Chuck is inspiring, enthusiastic, passionate, relentless and hard working. Chuck believes our Mon Valley residents can help to alleviate hunger and through his desire to grow the Food Drive every year we reach more people with our message and our groceries.”
May 9th is the National Association of Letter Carriers ‘ Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive. Look for the yellow bag delivered to your residence the first week of May. Fill up the bag with your non-perishable donations and leave the bag at your mailbox. Chuck and his fellow letter carriers will pick up the donations right from your home on Saturday, May 9th! You can find a list of our most needed items, here.