For nearly 30 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers, with support from the U.S. Postal Service, has designated a day, usually a Saturday, for letter carriers to pick up nonperishable food items for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
This year, anyone who gets mail delivered to their house (or apartment complex or workplace or wherever a letter carrier might stop) are asked to leave a bag with nonperishable food by their mailbox on Saturday, May 11. The donations will go to the Central Texas Food Bank, which typically needs additional food this time of year.
“Stamp Out Hunger comes at a time of high need for the Food Bank,” Derrick Chubbs, Central Texas Food Bank president and CEO, said in a release. “During the summer our shelves tend to get a little bit emptier. Many children don’t have access to school lunches and families and seniors are faced with higher utility bills. The donations we receive from this one-day food drive allow us to help thousands of our neighbors in need at a critical time.”
Stamp Out Hunger is considered the largest one-day food drive in the country, and millions of pounds will end up at food banks across the country. Last year, donations from Stamp Out Hunger provided more than 20,000 meals for Central Texans in need.
You can put the food in any kind of bag, including reusable bags that the food bank can pass along to a client, just remember to put the bag out before your mail delivery on Saturday.
Food banks receive all kinds of donations through this effort, but the most useful foods are peanut butter, dried pinto beans, brown rice, non-fat dry milk powder, whole grain cereals, low-sodium canned vegetables and canned proteins, such as tuna, chicken and chili.