The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive conducted by the United States Postal Service happens every second Saturday in May, according to an ABC News report on Wednesday. The event which will occur on May 10, 2014 involves letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the country collecting goods from their postal customers. The NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, as it is officially called, is the largest one-day food drive in the United States.
To make a donation, just put a box of can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The event takes place on May 10 in 2014. Your mail carrier will take care of the rest. After being taken away, the food is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry where it is available for families in need.
The event is headed by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) with the assistance of rural letter carriers and other postal employees and volunteers of the project. In the past 20 years, the events have reportedly delivered more than one billion pounds of food. The postal carriers collect non-perishable food donations that people leave by their mailboxes and in post offices. They deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.
Approximately 1,500 NALC branches in all of the 50 states in the USA, The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved with the worthwhile project. Additionally, Campbell Soup Company earmarked an additional one million pounds of canned food to the drive. Feeding America, Publix, Valassis/Red Plum, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems – which promotes the hunger drive on 40 million packets delivered to postal customers and AARP also support the project.
The drive also counts on the support of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the Feeding America food bank network, United Way, the AFL-CIO Community Services network, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, as well as many local sponsors.
According to KHON-TV, more than 50 million people are facing hunger every day in America, including some 17 million children. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which has received two Presidential Certificates of Achievement in the past, is one way you can fight hunger. Again, your donation is used in your own city or town for those who need assistance.