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The Postal Service and its letter carriers are helping to feed the hungry

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Letter carriers walk through their communities every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many — hunger.

So, each year since 1992, letter carriers across the nation have collected non-perishable food donations from their customers on the second Saturday of May. These donations go directly to local food pantries to feed the hungry.

More than 74 million pounds of food was collected during the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, feeding 30 million people. During its 21-year history, the food drive has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food to help feed hungry people across the United States, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands.

This year’s food drive will be held Saturday, May 10. The need for donations is great. Forty-nine million Americans — 1 in 6 — are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And almost 5 million seniors age 60 and older are “food insecure,” with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

The timing of the food drive is critical. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on May 10 and your letter carrier will do the rest.

Join in America’s great day of giving and help fight to end hunger.

 

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12 Responses to “The Postal Service and its letter carriers are helping to feed the hungry”

  1. Donna McCatty

    Why not honor our men and women in the service. I mean the everyday service person. Have families donate their loved ones. They are the true heroes of our country.

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    • USPS Editor

      USPS Editor

      We do encourage sending “care kits” to our military personnel throughout the year. We truly appreciate their service to our country.

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  2. Jackie

    Do we just bring the food up to the post office? Any suggestions of what is preferred?

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    • USPS Editor

      USPS Editor

      You would actually just need to leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox. If you live in an apartment building or complex you can contact your local United Way to find out where you can drop off your donation. And all non-perishable foods (e.g. canned goods, pastas, etc.) are appreciated.

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  3. McKinney Boyd

    This is a powerful commentary for a worthwhile community initiative. Support the Food Drive!

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  4. Gen

    Can we also leave toiletries like toothpaste or is it 100% food only. Some places also collect personal hygiene products.

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    […] Stamp Out Hunger with the US Postal Service by leaving non-perishable food items for your postal carrier this Saturday, May 10th.  ”Each year since 1992, letter carriers across the nation have collected non-perishable food donations from their customers on the second Saturday of May. These donations go directly to local food pantries to feed the hungry.”  Please leave a non-perishable food item in a bag in your mail box for your mail carrier to pick up.  That’s it! […]

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  6. Barbara Kilpatrick

    I did not receive a postcard to remind us of the food drive. Is there another way I can donate? Thank you in advance.

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  7. Laraine

    The. Carrier at 95624, Elk Grove CA did NOT pick up our donation. We had it out before 9 a.m. Very poor service and worse for the needy.

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    • USPS Editor

      USPS Editor

      We do apologize, in a number of cases our carrier’s trucks were full that they could not accommodate any additional donations. Please contact your local United Way to drop off your donation.

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