The National Association of Letter Carriers will host Stamp Out Hunger, its 21st annual food drive, on Saturday May 11.

On that date, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns across the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

During 2012, letter carriers collected 70.7 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes.

“Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said in the announcement.

The timing of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is meant to help resupply pantry shelves before the summer begins. By that time, the inventories from traditional winter holiday donation drives have dwindled and families start looking for alternative resources when the school lunch program concludes for year.

Those who wish to donate are asked to leave a sturdy bag or box near the mail boxes, before mail delivery begins that day, with non-perishable foods  such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal.

Carriers will then deliver the food to food banks, pantries or shelters.

National partners in the food drive include Feeding America, Campbell Soup Co., AARP, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Valassis/Red Plum, the U.S. Postal Service, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage. GLS Companies, Source Direct Plastics and the Publix grocery store chain.

This effort is also supported by Family Circus cartoonist Jeff Keane and musician Nick Cannon, host of TV’s “America’s Got Talent.”

For information about food drive efforts on a local level, ask any letter carrier or stop by a post office. For additional information, go to www.helpstampouthunger.com, www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, or www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

 

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