26th Annual Stamp out Hunger Food Drive Set for May 11

With the help of sponsors,
volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities
nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its
26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11.Stamp Out Hunger is
the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Last year’s drive resulted
in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in
all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6
billion pounds of food. The food drive has become the nation’s largest one-day
campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families.

Making a donation is
easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag
near their mailbox on Saturday, May 11, before their letter carrier arrives.
In the days leading up to the food drive, letter carriers will be delivering
special bags along with your mail that may be used to make donations. Food
collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community
churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution.

While all non-perishable
donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna,
salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables,
whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit
juice also top the list of most needed items.

For additional information
about this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, visit

Food Drive TIPS

WHAT TO GIVE: Most-wanted
foods include:

• Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).

• Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and

• Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).

• Pasta, rice cereal.

• Canned fruits.

• 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).

• Canned vegetables.

• Cooking oil.

• Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).


• Rusty or unlabeled cans.

• Glass containers.

• Perishable items.

• Homemade items.

• No expired items

• Noncommercial canned or packaged items.

• Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.

• Open or used items.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars
for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services
to fund its operations.

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