Everyone can Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, March 13, during the country’s largest single-day food drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 25th annual national food drive and collect donations of non-perishable food when they deliver mail.
Marion and Polk county residents can simply leave bags of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 13. 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.
“Stamp Out Hunger is one of the most important food drives of the year,” said Rick Gaupo, president of the Food Share. “Hunger is an issue all year long, but food donations usually decline during the summer. The food that’s collected on this one day will help feed families in need all through the summer.”
People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as peanut butter, canned meat and fish, and cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on that Saturday. All food stays in the community where it is collected. Last year, more than 73,000 pounds of food were collected in Marion and Polk counties.
Most “Wanted” Foods Include:
- Canned meat and fish
- Peanut butter
- Shelf-stable milk
- Whole-grain cereal
- Dried or canned fruit
Rusty or unlabeled cans, glass containers, perishable items, homemade items, alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda, open or used items.
Additional donations can be dropped off at any post office or to Marion-Polk Food Share by Wednesday, May 18.
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.
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.
The food drive is made possible by local letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, and many volunteers and community organizations.
About Marion-Polk Food Share
Marion-Polk Food Share is the regional food bank leading the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk counties. Support from our local community makes it possible for the Food Share to collect and distribute nutritious food to more than 100 partner programs, including food pantries, meal sites, foster homes, low-income day care centers, shelters and senior housing sites. More than 40,000 people, including 14,000 children, receive emergency food each month through the Food Share partner network. The Food Share also supports programs to address the root causes of hunger.
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