Letter Carriers Aim to Stamp Out Hunger in Record-Breaking Food Drive

On May 11, 2024, mail carriers will collect nonperishable food donations left in mailboxes as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The event aims to restock food shelves and support local families in need, with a goal to surpass last year's collection of over 7,000 pounds of food.

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Letter Carriers Aim to Stamp Out Hunger in Record-Breaking Food Drive

Letter Carriers Aim to Stamp Out Hunger in Record-Breaking Food Drive

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, mail carriers across the United States will collect nonperishable food donations left in mailboxes as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers' (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Residents are encouraged to leave nonperishable food items, preferably in cans, in or near their mailboxes to support local families in need.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, now in its 32nd year, is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Letter carriers in over 10,000 cities and towns, and nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands, will participate in this year's drive. The event aims to restock food shelves during the spring season when they are often understocked.

Why this matters: Food insecurity affects millions of people in the United States, and events like the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive play a critical role in addressing this issue. By supporting this effort, communities can help ensure that those in need have access to essential nutrition and resources.

In 2023, the food drive collected over 7,000 pounds of food in Ludlow, Wilbraham, and Indian Orchard, which was donated to the Community Survival Center's Emergency Food Pantry in Indian Orchard. This year, the goal is to surpass last year's collection. Since its inception, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected and distributed more than 1.82 billion pounds of food nationally to those in need.

The food drive comes at a critical time, as food insecurity remains a significant issue in the United States. According to Feeding America, 100% of counties and congressional districts are home to people facing hunger. More than 44 million people in the US face hunger, including one in five children. A 2023 report from the USDA revealed that food insecurity across households rose significantly in 2022, with nearly 13% of households struggling to acquire enough food.

To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, residents can leave a bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11. The letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes. The NALC's national food drive strives to "deliver hope for those in need."

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has become a critical event in the fight against hunger in the United States. With the support of sponsors, including the USPS, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, AFL-CIO, United Way, CVS Health, and Kellogg's, among others, the NALC aims to make this year's drive the most successful yet. As letter carriers across the nation prepare to collect donations, communities rally together to help stamp out hunger, one mailbox at a time.