May 11, 2012 —
This month marks the 20th time that National Association of Letter Carriers union members have banded together to stamp out hunger across America.
To participate in the 20th Stamp Out Hunger food drive, Americans are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Local letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to the Hudson Food Pantry, where they will help feed the more than seventy local families currently being helped there.
“We’ve been a part of it probably since the beginning,” said Lori McDowell, Postmaster of the Hudson Post Office. “It’s usually a really big success, and we get a lot of donations.”
“I love it,” she continued. “I think it’s a great thing that the mail carriers do for the local community.”
It is important that products that have passed the expiration date or in glass containers not be donated. Food pantries cannot by law distribute food that is past its expiration date.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive benefitting Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. 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 by letter carriers.
Feeding America provides food assistance to 37 million Americans every year.
According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans relies on the organization for food and groceries, and the organization distributes 3 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.