Help us Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 14, 2016, by joining America’s letter carriers in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country. The 24th annual food drive provides, on average, 30 percent of Second Harvest’s annual food drive donations and helps give assistance to Tennesseans struggling to put food on the table.
It is easy to participate and support your neighbors struggling with hunger…
- Collect non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, canned fruits and veggies, canned chicken and tuna, pasta, rice and cereal.
- Place items in a sturdy bag on or near your mailbox on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
- A letter carrier will collect the donations and deliver them to Second Harvest’s Partner Agencies, like a local food pantry. All donated items will remain in the county in which they are collected, and the food will then be distributed to your neighbors in need!
“Stamp Out Hunger is like no other food drive. It allows every community across the country to collectively come together on one day to do their part to fight hunger. We are so grateful to the individuals who donate non-perishable items and for the letter carriers who take the time to collect each bag to help fight hunger in our 46-county service area,” said Jaynee Day, President and CEO of Second Harvest.
Stamp Out Hunger is the opportune time for the public to help those at risk of hunger. According to Feeding America’s recently released Map the Meal Gap 2016 study, nearly 400,000 people across Second Harvest’s 46-country service area are food insecure, which is defined as limited or uncertain access to adequate food.
“Letter carriers touch every residential and business address in this country at least six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and our continued effort in the fight against hunger—often in our own neighborhoods—has made us all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need.”
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. Today, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns across the country. In 2015, the drive collected over 71 million pounds of food nationally, including nearly 600,000 pounds of food donated to help those in need in Middle Tennessee. Over the course of its 23-year history, the drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands.