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The Largest Food Drive in America is Tomorrow

Stamp Out Hunger, a union led food drive, will collect millions of pounds of food for local food banks on Saturday

Brian Young's picture
May 11, 2018

Saturday, May 12th, union letter carriers from around the country will be doing more than delivering mail, they will be taking part in the nation’s largest food drive.

The food drive, known as Stamp Out Hunger, is an annual event that is held on the second Saturday in May. It is done in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the AFL-CIO, UFCW, the United State Postal Service and local charities. Part of what makes the food drive so successful is how easy it is to take part. All you need to do is leave a bag of non-perishable food items in or around your mailbox tomorrow and your union letter carrier will pick them up. Many people have even received the complimentary bag that is shown above.

In its 26th year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has gone a long way to helping ensure that local food banks have stocked shelves. Over those 26 years, NALC has collected over 1 billion pounds of food. The best part is that all of the food stays in your community. By donating, you are helping to feed your neighbors.

Every day 49 million people face hunger issues. Of those, 16 million are children. As the summer approaches, more children will be relying on local food banks for their meals. Stamp Out Hunger helps to make sure that food banks make it through the summer.

If you are heading to your local union grocery store tonight and wondering what to buy to fill your brown bag, remember kids love things like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese and Spaghetti O’s. Many senior citizens also rely on food banks so consider buying canned soups or fruit. Other staples like pasta and cereal are always good options as well.

For the union letter carriers, tomorrow is a long but fruitful day. They will carry hundreds of extra pounds of food throughout their route and then stick around for hours after their shift to help sort the food. So if you see your union letter carrier on Saturday, make sure you thank them.

You can also help to spread the word, by posting a picture of your donation under the mailbox. When you put it up on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook make sure to tag it #stampouthunger.

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