Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving, the national Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming fact to face with a sad reality for too many, hunger.
Each year on the second Saturday of May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food donations from our customers.
The need for food donations is great. Currently 39 million Americans, one in six, are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Thirteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. More than five million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
Our food drive’s timing is critical. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during 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.
Participating is easy. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Satruday May 13 and your letter carrier will do the rest. Please help us fight to end hunger as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in America’s great day of giving.