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My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected
My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive say while donation numbers are down this year, the results are better than they first thought.

Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says the Northwest, East Paris and Northeast communities dominated in this year's drive.  The final donation numbers from the May 10 event are: 

  • Northwest (1625 Walker NW): 20,523 pounds
  • Patterson/East Paris (3970 S. Greenbroke Dr. SE): 15,954 pounds
  • Northeast (1765 3 Mile Road NE): 15,547 pounds
  • Wyoming (2929 Michael Ave. SW): 14,550 pounds
  • Main (630 South Division): 9,529 pounds
  • Eastown (1451 Lake Dr. SE): 5,486 pounds
  • Kentwood (1680 44th Street SE): 4,910 pounds 
  • Total: 86,499 pounds

The total amount of food collected is down from last year's total of more than 150,000 pounds.  That year, a regional sponsor distributed paper bags printed with the Stamp Out Hunger information ahead of the drive. Traditionally, residents will fill those bags with non-perishable food items and place it by their mailbox the morning of the drive. This year, the drive did not have sponsored bags. Steiner says other communities also saw a decline in donations.

Steiner says this year's donations will provide approximately 68,000 meals for people living in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. This was the 22nd year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.