Join the nationwide food drive and “Stamp Out Hunger” on May 14th!
All you have to do is set out a bag on non-perishable foods and your mail carrier will do the rest!
For more than 20 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has conducted an annual nationwide food drive on the second Saturday in May. Using a complex network of postal networks, letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations as they deliver mail along their routes. All you have to do is place a box or bag of non-perishable food items next to your mailbox before the carriers deliver mail on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The carriers will do the rest! The food is taken back to a postal facility, then sorted and delivered by union volunteers to area food banks or pantries for needy families to access.
Celebrating its 24th anniversary, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception as a national food drive in 1993. The nation’s 180,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations.
In 2014, generous individuals donated more than 72 million pounds of food, which marked the eleventh consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected. [Source]
Wonder what foods are great to donate to the food drive? Here are a few non-perishable food items requested by food banks:
• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Canned meals such as soups, chili, pasta
• 100% juice
• Peanut butter
• Pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce
• Macaroni & cheese
• Canned protein – tuna, chicken, turkey
• Beans – canned or dry
The Food Drive takes place in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. And although a sizable majority of letter carriers do participate, some letter carriers, as well as some post offices, may not take part—for a variety of reasons. You can make sure yours is on the list right now by calling your local post office and asking to speak to the local food drive person or to the postmaster.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger and follow the food drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger. You can also get most of your questions regarding the 2016 drive here.
So dig through your pantry and find a few staples you are able to part ways with, walk them out to your mailbox, and you’ve done a little good to start your Saturday off!