Stamp Out Hunger 2015

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Stamp Out Hunger 2015

Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at United Way Fox Cities

A very easy way to help those in need in our community is by supporting the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Celebrating its 23nd anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation's largest single day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. United Way is proud to be one of the sponsors supporting this year's efforts.

Hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children and senior citizens. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition. Our United Way 2-1-1 Call Center receives more than 800 calls each year from families who need help with food.

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be conducting the Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 9 in all 50 states and jurisdictions. Non-perishable food donations such as canned meat and fish, soup, cereals, pasta and rice, can be placed in a bag near the mailbox before your carrier delivers your mail.

The nation's 175,000 letter carriers who collect the donations will be joined by retired letter carriers, family members and friends, and by countless volunteers to help gather the bags of non-perishable food items that get left next to generous customers' mailboxes that morning. The food is taken back to the postal station, sorted, and then delivered to area food pantries including St. Joseph Food Program and Salvation Army, where it is available for families in need.

Don't forget to donate your canned goods this Saturday!