STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater mail carriers will contribute to the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday by picking up donations at each house they visit. Stillwater is one of more than 120 Oklahoma cities to help this cause. Angie Gaines, director of marketing and communications for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, gives specifics about the food drive and how to get involved.
1 How and when was “Stamp Out Hunger” started?
It was started in 1993. It was the first year Oklahoma City did the food drive. We started in the metro area, but it actually started before then in Arizona.
2 What donations are accepted?
We’re really looking for canned food donations. By that I mean canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned meat and also peanut butter and rice.
3 If homeowners aren’t home when the mail carriers come by, can they still donate?
They can leave their bag out or they can take it to the post office. From Wednesday through Friday, you should be receiving a bag in your mailbox for donations, but if you don’t receive a bag, use any plastic bag. Or you can even fill two bags. So basically you’re going to get that bag this week, leave it by your mailbox on Saturday morning and your mail carrier will pick it up.
4 Who will the donations go to in Stillwater?
COCAA (Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency), The Storehouse and the Salvation Army.
5 How much has been raised through “Stamp Out Hunger” in the past? What is the goal this year?
The goal is to raise more than a million pounds of food and a million dollars. We partner the fund drive part with the metro food/fund drive so that’s kind of where the dollars come from. Last year, we raised 885,000 pounds of food and $1.3 million and that was in 129 central and western Oklahoma cities.