FOCUS ON: Our Volunteers
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. Read more about Chuck.
Running for the Food Bank: Runners’ Stories
Did you know that we have amazing people running for us in the Pittsburgh Marathon? We do! To get everyone motivated in the final days leading up to the race on May 3
, we would like to share some of our runners’ stories in a daily blog. You can read the first story.
If you are runner, you will relate to each story. But, even if you aren’t, these dedicated folks will inspire you. Who knows, maybe you will run on our behalf in next year’s race!
Words from Lisa
“A prominent part of our organization’s title, the word ‘community’ is a powerful reminder of the absolute heart of our mission. We not only serve our community but also draw strength and purpose from it as well.
Every month, our work is supported by thousands of caring, compassionate individuals who volunteer their time in many ways–from helping to repack or distribute food, conducting food and fund drives, staffing our events, contacting elected officials advocating to preserve SNAP benefits, or committing their ‘sweat equity’ in events like the Pittsburgh Marathon.
This generosity of time and spirit is critical to our success. It would be impossible to adequately express our gratitude to those of you who volunteer, but I hope you appreciate how genuinely important you are to the mission of the Food Bank. Our volunteer program can always make room for one more — if you haven’t done so already, please join our volunteer effort today
– Lisa A. Scales, President & CEO