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.

McDonald’s Supports Hunger Relief

The festivities have begun for McDonald's Supplier of the Year day at Tyson Foods

$500K Grant Will Provide Meals to Children in Need

Thursday the corporate campus at Tyson Foods celebrated being named McDonald’s USA’s 2010 Supplier of the Year. But there’s something even more important to cheer about.
The honor was primarily earned by the enhanced cost savings, increased sustainable supply and food safety standards that our food service group is delivering.
As a McDonald’s supplier for nearly 30 years, we’re proud to help McDonald’s serve its 26 million customers daily with wholesome food and quality service. Even though yesterday was about celebrating this great partnership, we’d be remiss to not also recognize the incredible work this trusted restaurant brand does through its Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Just this March, RMHC donated $500,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. The funds are being used to help provide nutritious food, groceries and meals to children living at risk of hunger. Feeding America’s BackPack Program, Kids Cafe, Afterschool Nutrition Program and School Pantries are all benefitting.
We learned with the March release of our hunger perceptions study that one in four Americans worry they won’t be able to put food on the table sometime this year. The study, conducted with the Food Research and Action Center, also found a significant number of children under the age of 18 live in households affected by food insecurity.
RMHC, a non-profit corporation, focuses on improving the health and well being of children directly through its own core programs. But we’re especially proud to see our great partner make such a significant impact for America’s food banks.
Thanks for your generosity McDonald’s. We’re Lovin’ It!