May 10…this Saturday..is Stamp Out Hunger Day.
Recognized nationally, Stamp Out Hunger Day is led by letter carriers, who represent the National Association of Letter Carriers. Other volunteer postal workers help too. This is held every second Saturday of May. Their goal is to encourage people to leave nonperishable food items by their mailbox in order to help those who often go without.
In over 10,000 cities, many postal customers give of themselves to those who are older and less fortunate…. This is an awesome cause.
According to the United States Postal Service, “the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 20 years. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved. USPS and Campbell Soup Company are major supporters. Campbell Soup earmarked an additional 1 million pounds of canned food to the drive. Other supporters are AARP, Feeding America, Publix, Valassis/Red Plum, Cox Target Media and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, which promotes the drive on 40 million packets delivered to postal customers.”
It’s simple to be a part of this selfless movement… To donate, simply place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on May 10th. Once picked up, the food is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for those in need.
Today is May 5th…You have 5 days to do something amazing for someone…Especially an older American! Happy Older Americans Month!