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Postal News: Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set to take place on Saturday

May 10, 2017
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Saturday, May 13, marks the 25th anniversary of America's largest-single day of giving - the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, Valpak, United Way, AFL-CIO, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, AARP Foundation, Capital Area Food Bank and other partners.

Currently, 49 million Americans - one in six - are unsure where their next meal is coming from - including 13 million children and about 5 million seniors over age 60, many of whom live on fixed incomes and often are too embarrassed to ask for help. Studies have shown that lack of adequate nutrition affects cognitive and behavioral development in children.

In 2016, over 80 million pounds of food was collected by postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the course of the 24-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over 1 billion pounds of food.

The food drive's timing is crucial. 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.

How it works

Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 13, and the postal carrier will do the rest.

It's that simple and millions of Americans will be helped.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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