On May 11, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service and other partners are asking residents to help Stamp Out Hunger. The annual postal food drive has grown into the nation’s largest single-day food drive, which provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table, including many of your friends and neighbors.
The need for food donations is great. Currently, 42 million Americans, approximately 1 in 6, are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. Nearly 5 million seniors above 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.
With the help of our communities, letter carriers and USPS have collected more than 1.67 billion pounds of food in our first 26 years as a national food drive.
It’s easy to make a donation. Simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by your mailbox May 11 to help your neighbors in need. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver your mail and take them to local food pantries. All donations will remain local.
Ronnie Roush, Carmel
President, NALC Branch 888