Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive benefits local food pantries

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Thousands of cities across the US including Rockford are stamping out hunger as part of the largest food drive in the nation.

The National Association of Letter Carriers puts on this food drive the second Saturday each May. Neighbors place nonperishable food items outside their mailboxes and their letter carriers pick it up when the mail is delivered. Organizers say the Rockford community is incredibly generous. The food collected from today's drive will go to the Salvation Army and then be distributed between nine local food pantries.

“The community has been awesome. They give and give and give and that is fantastic. It's something that we get to do that helps our community and it feeds the children and it makes us feel good about ourselves to be able to do that,” said coordinator Tina Dalcollo.

Last year the food drive collected more than 35000lbs of food for local pantries. It’s hoping to go above and beyond that this year.