In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for one in six people living in this country, hunger is still a reality.
Today, nearly 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.
Fortunately, the United States Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers will once again join forces when they conduct the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
On Saturday, May 12, the nation’s 210,000 letter carriers will collect food donations in more than 10,000 communities, large and small, and deliver them to local food banks and other hunger relief organizations.
This is the 20th anniversary of the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993.
In 2011, generous Americans donated 70.2 million pounds of food, which marked the eighth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected.
Participating in the food drive is easy. Just leave a bag of non-perishable food items, like canned soup, vegetables, fruits, juices, boxed goods, pasta and rice, where the letter carrier normally delivers your mail.
The food will then be picked up and delivered to the local food bank.
To learn more about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.