Saturday, May 11, the United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, and the Campbell Soup Company ask you to help Stamp Out Hunger in Rockford. Now in its 21st year, the annual food drive has grown into a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive benefitting Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2012, generous Americans donated more than 70 million pounds of food. This was the ninth consecutive year of at least 70 million pounds collected by letter carriers.
“We’re proud to support the 21st year of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive,” said Postmaster Steve Webb. “We’re asking residents for their support to make this year the most successful in the drive’s history. It’s so easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox to help neighbors in need. That’s all it takes.”
The need for food assistance exists in every community in America, no matter how rich or poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 17 million children in America are struggling with hunger.
Campbell Soup Company and its partners are producing postcards and shopping bags that will be delivered to more than 75 million homes across the country as a reminder to participate in the drive. In addition, Campbell will again support this year’s food collection effort by donating 1 million pounds of food to Feeding America member food banks.
To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to the local food bank.
Feeding America provides food assistance to 37 million Americans every year. According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans relies on the organization for food and groceries, and the organization distributes nearly 3.4 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually, including more than 800 million pounds of fresh produce.