Want to make a food donation to your local pantry – without having to leave your house?
The national Stamp Out Hunger food drive offers just such an opportunity.
On Saturday, May 12, the nation’s 210,000 mail carries will pick up non-perishable items left out by home mailboxes and take them to a local hunger relief organization.
Now in its 20th year, Stamp Out Hunger has been referred to as the largest, single-day food drive in the nation. The food drive is organized in a partnership between Campbell Soup Company and the National Association of Letter Carries (NALC).
“We’re incredibly excited for the 20th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive,” Fredric Rolando, NALC president, said in a recent press release. “We’re asking people across the country for their support to make this year’s drive the most successful in its 20 year history. It’s so easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox to help neighbors in need. That’s all it takes.”
Last year, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected 70.2-million pounds of food.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, in 2011, there were nearly 49-million Americans living in food-insecure homes. According to the release, more than 16-million food-insecure Americans are children – more than 1 in 5 children potentially face knowing hunger.
In the Montgomery County Area, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the single most important event of the incoming summer season for several of the local food banks.
“This is our biggest donation of the year, and we count on it to fill our shelves for the lean summer months,” Rebecca Kelly, director of the Inter-Faith Food Cupboard, said in a correspondence. “Since many of our donors take a vacation from their activism in the summer, we desperately need strong involvement in Saturday's food drive!”
Kelly, in a , said in 2010, the Inter-Faith Food Cupboard supplied food aid to over 5,000 people in the Greater Eastern Montgomery County area, with well over 100 orders every week.
“Please, consider leaving a grocery bag filled with non-perishables for your letter carrier,” Kelly said.
Want to Participate in the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive?
- When – Saturday, May 12
- Time – During your regular mail pick up
- Where – Your mailbox
Participants in the National Stamp Out Hunger food drive are asked to a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mail boxes prior to the time of their regular Saturday mail delivery on May 12. Such food may include:
- Canned soup
- Canned vegetables
- Pasta, rice or cereal
For more information about the Inter-Faith Food Cupboard of Abington, call 215-885-2234 or visit www.i-fha.org/Food_Cupboard.html.