On Saturday May 14th, 2016, Salvation Army Corps in Connecticut and Rhode Island participated in the United States Postal Service's Nationwide Campaign "Stamp Out Hunger.” Postal employees collected millions of pounds of non-perishable food items throughout the country for local Food Pantries.
The Bristol Salvation Army was one of three organizations in Bristol, CT that were the beneficiaries of this campaign. Officers, staff, and volunteers gathered the donated food at the Post Office on North Main Street in Bristol and transported the items to the Bristol Corps. An additional group of Volunteers organized by the Post Office sorted and boxed the items being brought into the Post Office. The Salvation Army had a Canteen at the Post Office and gave out Hot Dogs, snacks, and drinks to the army of Volunteers and Postal Workers participating in the event.
95,000 pounds of food were donated the Salvation Army Food pantries in Bristol, New Britain, and Danbury, 40 boxes of food were donated to the Torrington corps, and 4,588 items were donated to Meriden, Ansonia, and Newport, RI. The Salvation Army wishes to thank all the volunteers who participated in this event, and generosity of the US Postal Service for putting this amazing campaign together.