April 13, 2010

Drives raise 22,721 lbs. of food, $15,495; next drive is May 8

The Racine County Food Bank reported the results of two recent hunger-fighting events, and details of one coming up in May.

The next food collection will be held on Saturday, May 8, by postal carriers. The National Association of Letter Carriers' “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive involves letter carriers delivering a bag to mailboxes during the first week of May. To donate, simply fill the bag and place it by your mailbox before your letter carrier arrives on May 8 and they will deliver it to the Food Bank.

Dan Taivalkoski, executive director of the Food Bank, announced at an after-party at George's Tavern that the 18th Annual Thoughts for Food in March raised $15,495. Along with the cash, 3,628 pounds of food was also collected. “In light of the current economic conditions, I’d say the event was a huge success” said Taivalkoski.

The Boy Scouts, “Scouting for Food” food drive on March 27 collected 19,093 pounds of food. While that total was down 28% from last year’s total, Taivalkoski said, “19,000 pounds of food is a significant donation and will certainly help to stretch our food budget.”


  1. Excellent! Now, let's build a just socio-economic system wherein food drives won't be necessary. Needed: a cradle-to-grave safety net for all our citizens.

  2. 7:22 - let's fast trck you to the grave.

  3. Dear 3:04 PM, I'll ignore your rude remark. Seriously speaking, once we build a socialist system here, hunger will be a bad memory.