STAMP OUT HUNGER MAY 10th

Serve Daily - - LIBERTY SHALL BE MAINTAINED - By Les­lie Nielsen

Let­ter car­ri­ers walk through your com­mu­nity ev­ery day, keep­ing a watch­ful eye on their cus­tomers. Sadly, they of­ten come face to face with a com­mon re­al­ity-- hunger. So, each year on the se­cond Satur­day in May, let­ter car­ri­ers across the coun­try col­lect non- per­ish­able food do­na­tions to go di­rectly to the lo­cal food bank.

Last year, we col­lected over 74 mil­lion pounds of food na­tion­ally, feed­ing an es­ti­mated 30 mil­lion peo­ple. Over the course of its 21- year his­tory, the food drive has col­lected well over a BIL­LION pounds of food!

The need for do­na­tions is great. Cur­rently, 49 mil­lion Amer­i­cans are un­sure of where their next meal is com­ing from. They could be your friends, your neigh­bors, your co- work­ers. Six­teen mil­lion are chil­dren, and nearly 5 mil­lion are se­niors over age sixty who are too em­bar­rassed to ask for help. Lo­cal food pantries help bridge the gap for those who are “food in­se­cure”, or just need some help un­til their next pay­check. What a dif­fer­ence it could make in some­one’s life to pro­vide a box of food to get through a rough time.

The tim­ing of our food drive is cru­cial. Food banks of­ten re­ceive the bulk of their do­na­tions around the hol­i­days, and by Spring their shelves are de­pleted, en­ter­ing sum­mer months when many school lunch pro­grams are not avail­able.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the food drive is easy! Just leave a bag of non- per­ish­able food items by your mailbox on May 10th, and your let­ter car­rier will pick it up. You may also bring do­na­tions to your lo­cal post of­fice. All do­na­tions are de­liv­ered to the lo­cal Food and Care coali­tion for dis­tri­bu­tion to needy fam­i­lies.

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