‘Stamp Out Hunger’ this Saturday at Your Local Post Office
Saturday, May 14, marks the 24th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive. Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from customers that go directly to local food pantries to assist families in our communities. Over the course of its 23-year history, the drive has collected well over a billion pounds of food. The need is great. One in six Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Nearly 16 million children feel the impact of hunger on their overall health and ability to perform in school and five million seniors over age 60 have to decide between daily meals or paying for rent or needed medications. The timing of this annual event is intentional and crucial. Food banks receive the bulk of their donations around the fall and winter holidays. By springtime many pantries are depleted, entering the summer with low supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need. Participating in this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 14, and your letter carrier will do the rest.