Help Barnabas Stamp Out Hunger
The total weight for this year’s food drive was 8,593.5 lbs!
Thanks to the collaboration and community spirit of five local retailers, one very generous donor, and the positive power of retail therapy, more than $17,000 was raised in support of Barnabas Center’s Campaign for Sustainability. This fundraiser, held on April 27th, consisted of a 10 percent of donation of the day’s sales by the owners/operators of five stores located on historic Centre St: Lori+Lulu, Art on Centre, JJ Cooper, Pearl and The Picnic Basket. The owner of The Picnic Basket, Drenda Vijuk, also made a matching donation equal to the net sales of all five retailers for the day.
This is the second donation Drenda Vijuk has made in support of Barnabas’ Campaign for Sustainability which has a goal of $1.5 million to support the Barnabas Endowment Fund. This will allow Barnabas to continue to offer Nassau County residents crisis assistance, medical, dental and other needed services, far into the future. The fund will be invested and the earned interest will support the many critical services Barnabas provides to our community.
Financial management of the Barnabas Endowment Fund is handled by the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, which has more than 50 years of experience, and deep roots in our region’s nonprofit sector.
“Barnabas has always impressed me as being well run, but also having compassion for those who are struggling. So, it was an easy choice for me to make this gift to Barnabas. We are all here only a short time, but an endowment lasts forever”, Drenda Vijuk explained
While the recent fundraiser was a success, there’s still a large amount to be raised There are numerous ways individuals and families can offer support to the campaign, such as gifts of cash, stocks & bonds and real estate. Other gifts can be made in the form of IRAs, will and bequests, life insurance and gift annuities.
The 25th annual Letter Carriers’
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive
—Saturday, May 13, 2017—
Counting down to Food Drive No. 25
NALC’s 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger®Food Drive is just weeks away—on
Saturday, May 13—and with that date drawing ever closer, food drive coordinators in hundreds of NALC branches across America are finalizing their preparations for the nation’s largest one-day food collection event designed to help replenish local food banks in the communities we serve.
“Too many people in this country are going hungry,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We know this to be true because we see it as we deliver to every address in America at least six days a week.”
Sadly, statistics back this up. Nearly 49 million Americans—1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. This includes 13 million children as well as about 5 million seniors over age 60—many of whom live on fixed incomes and often are too embarrassed to ask for help.
Since 1993, when the national food drive began, letter carriers in every part of the country have worked with family members, friends, other postal co-workers and allies to use the second Saturday in May as a day to give something back to the communities that know and trust us.
Last year, the food drive collected a record 80 million pounds of nonperishable food, raising the total amount of donations picked up over the quarter-century history of the drive to more than 1.5 billion pounds.
By the time our national food drive rolls around each year, the shelves of food pantries and other charitable organizations often are nearly empty, turning our hard work on Food Drive Day into a much-needed replenishment with summer fast approaching.
“Letter carriers lead this massive collection effort,” President Rolando said, “but we couldn’t make the food drive a reality without the help of our national partners.”
This year’s partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW),
Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis.
“These partners provide tangible support that helps to encourage the generous participation of our postal customers,” Rolando said.
For example, local United Way agencies often help branches coordinate distribution of food to local food banks, pantries and shelters. Countless NRLCA members volunteer their time to work with their brothers and sisters in the city carrier craft to help collect and distribute non-perishable food donations in the country’s rural and underserved areas. AFL-CIO’s community services liaisons work with field mobilization staff members, state federations and central labor councils (CLCs) to coordinate support and
“Our extraordinary history of filling local food pantry shelves in communities across the country is made possible by our partnerships with these national organizations in
conjunction with the dedication and hard work of letter carriers,” Rolando said.
“The food drive is just one of the many ways letter carriers give back to our communities,” he said. “It’s almost time for us to shine once again.”
Be sure to keep in touch with the food drive’s official social media accounts—on Facebook, “like” facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and on Twitter, follow @StampOutHunger.