Post Office looking for help to Stamp Out Hunger

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On Saturday the National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service and Feeding America along with other partners are seeking the assistance of the community to Stamp Out Hunger.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive has become the largest single-day food drive in the nation.

In 2014 Americans donated 72.5 million pounds of food, feeding 30 million people.

2014 marked the 11th consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds of food was collected by letter carriers.

“We’re proud to support this food drive,” said Postmaster Charles Thorns.  “We’re asking residents for their support to help make this another successful year.  It’s easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by the mailbox to help your neighbors in need.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure including 16 million children struggling with hunger.

In addition 4.8 million seniors face choices between between paying rent, utilities and having healthy food.

To donate to Stamp Out Hunger simply leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to mail delivery time Saturday.

Letter carriers will pick up the bags of donated food while doing their routes and deliver them to local food banks.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit feedingamerica.org and nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.

 

 

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