Stamp Out Hunger May 14

Don't forget those nonperishable food donations this Saturday

You won’t have to go farther than your own mailbox to help fight hunger this week.

Saturday, May 14, is the National Letter Carrier Association’s annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Look for a reminder post card on Thursday, May 12, in your mailbox.

The event, the nation’s largest single-day food drive, is done in partnership with the Campbell’s Soup Co. and nonprofit Feeding America. People like you have donated more than a half billion pounds of food for Stamp Out Hunger since the event’s 1993 inception.

Thousands of post offices participate, but some are unable to do so. The best way to find out if your letter carrier is participating is by visiting www.usps.com to find the contact information for your local post office.

Donations will benefit local food banks and pantries in your area. Plastic bags will be made available on May 13, but you may place donations in most any usable bag. Nonperishable food products may be left in the bags by your mailbox on May 14, or in the actual mailboxes themselves.

Feeding America is the nation’s largest hunger relief philanthropy. One in eight Americans now relies on Feeding America’s network of food banks and pantries for help with food and groceries. About one in three people who are at risk of food insecurity, or about 17.2 million people, are children, according to the NLCA’s Web site.

You can make a virtual pledge on Stamp Out Hunger’s Facebook page, and follow the event on Twitter via @StampOutHunger.