“Stamp Out” Hunger Food Drive Saturday May 11, 2019
Joe Denoyer - May 10, 2019 8:44 am
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 27th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 11. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.
Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies. Visit www.nalc.org/food to learn more.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
With the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do millions of Americans go hungry, organizations that help them are in need of replenishments.
Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.
Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and they believe it’s important to do what they can to help.
On Saturday, May 11, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mailboxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag— paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on that Saturday.
Here in Liberal, the food will be taken to the local Homecare Food Cupboard. The Homecare Food Cupboard is a Seward County United Way agency and is the only food pantry in town that delivers the food to those in need. When contacted they give those in need a weeks’ worth of food for the entire family.
Several national partners are assisting the NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis.
This year’s effort includes a partnership with USD 480 to Stamp Out Hunger! Each USD 480 school will have a letter carrier basket and students and staff are encouraged to do their part in helping Seward County Stamp Out Hunger.
Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food; last year’s drive brought in a record 80 million pounds of food nationwide.
People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, contact McKensie Hood at 620-624-5400 or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
If you are interested in holding a drive at your work place please contact McKensie Hood for more information.