Thank you for all the time, talents and funds that you shared to help feed those in need during April’s Volunteer Month . As the month comes to an end, don’t lose that volunteering spirit! Just around the corner, on May 10th, is the the 22nd annual National Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive. If your post office is participating, you should be getting some info in the mail about how to participate. All the non-perishable food collected on May 10th will go directly to the food banks and food pantries that serve your local neighborhood. (Read the excerpt from their website below for more information about this massive, national food drive).
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive collects hundreds of thousands of pounds of food that helps feed the millions of Americans that rely on their food pantry to feed their families. But, because it is a traditional food drive, the only food that can be collected and distributed in non-perishable food. Hungry families don’t get access to fresh, unprocessed, healthy fruits and vegetables with a traditional food drive. That’s where AmpleHarvest.org comes in. Even if you’re planning to participate in the National Letter Carrier’s food drive, consider using AmpleHarvest.org to find a pantry near you and make your own delivery of fresh, home-grown (or store bought) fresh produce. Together, on this day, we can have a huge affect on hunger and malnutrition in our communities. Let’s keep the momentum going from April’s Volunteer Month!
Excerpt from www.nalc.org/food:
Hard work and dedication have served as the key ingredients to a successful Letter Carriers’ Food Drive ever since it went national back in 1993—and there is no question that the same will be true again this year on Saturday, May 10, when the NALC holds its 22nd annual national drive.
On that special day, hundreds of thousands of letter carriers, retirees, family members and volunteers will take to mail routes in every state and territory across America, pick up sacks of non-perishable food and deliver the goods to the food banks and pantries that serve their local communities.
“It’s quite impressive that our drive has managed to collect just under 1.3 billion pounds of food over the past two decades,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “But what really counts is that our extra effort each year on the second Saturday in May means that some of the people who are most in need and who live in our own back yards will be able to put a little more food on their families’ tables.”
The economy might be recovering, but America’s hungry aren’t feeling it. According to national Food Drive partner Feeding America, 49 million Americans may not know where their next meal is coming from. This sad figure includes nearly 16 million children.
And while one in seven Americans rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits right now, proposed changes to SNAP could mean that fewer people will be able to access these crucial benefits, forcing them to lean harder on local food pantries for help.
“We’ll continue to encourage all postal employees across the country to support the food drive,” USPS Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe wrote in a letter to President Rolando. “Working together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in need.”