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Postal News: Letter carriers to collect food while delivering mail

May 7, 2014
By KATHLEEN SWANSON , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Saturday, May 10, marks the 22nd 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, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners.

Currently, 49 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 nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

In 2013, 74 million pounds of food was collected by Postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of the 21-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one 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 the drive works

Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 10, and the Postal carrier will do the rest. It's that simple and millions of Americans will be helped.

Learn more about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and Feeding America today. Follow us on twitter.com/USPS and like us at facebook.com/USPS.

For more information about the Postal Service, go to: usps.com and usps.com/postalfacts.

Kathleen Swanson is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.

 
 

 

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