5/3/2014 12:15:00 PM Letter: Support Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger food drive
Saturday, May 10th marks the 22nd anniversary of one of America's great day of giving, the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food banks to provide food to people in the Verde Valley and Sedona, who need our help.
Last year, we collected over 74 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of its 21 year history, the drive has collected well over on billion pounds of food.
The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million American, 1 in 6, are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children, and nearly 5 million seniors over the age of 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
This 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 food banks 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.
Participating in this year's Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger food drive is simple. Just leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by you mailbox on Saturday, May 10th and your letter carrier will do the rest. I invite you to join in America's great day of giving and help us in our fight to end hunger.