Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Saturday, May 11, 2013
On Saturday, May 11th, you can help the Delaware Valley’s letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger provide assistance to the millions of Americans struggling with hunger.
- Simply leave donations of non-perishable food items, like soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables and fruit, as well as peanut butter, pasta and rice, next to your mailbox before the time of your regular mail delivery. No glass containers, please.
- Delaware Valley letter carriers will do the rest, collecting the donations and delivering them to food banks and pantries in the community.
Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, with more than one billion pounds of food donated since its inception in 1993.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million Americans, including nearly 17 million children, are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger.
- Food banks rely heavily on donations and need to be replenished constantly, especially in the summer months when supplies are often low and children are out of school.
- There are approximately 900,000 people at risk of hunger in the Delaware Valley.
- A recent Delaware Valley poll of neighborhood food pantries and neighborhood distributions shows a 29% increase in need over last year and a 98% increase in need over the last 3 years.
Campbell Soup Company, a long time supporter of Stamp Out Hunger, will kick off the effort with a donation of one million pounds of product to Feeding America member food banks.
To find out more information just ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, visit either www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, or follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.