To participate, all you need to do is leave any nonperishable boxed, plastic container or canned food (no glass of any kind) that you’re willing to donate in a bag or box at the base of your mailbox before the mailman arrives. Please take the time to check the expiration date on the food containers as those foods with expired dates can’t be accepted.
Postal carriers will come by on their regular mail route to pick up any food that is left by the mailbox. You can also go to your local post office to donate food. The food will sorted, then distributed to food banks, pantries and shelters in the local community where it was collected. In 2013, the food drive was able to collect 72,000,000 pounds of food for local food banks.
There are currently over 15 million people who face hunger on a daily basis in the US. This includes approximately 17,000,000 children. By participating in this Stamp Out Hunger drive, you can directly help those who are in need in your local area.
While many people think about hunger around the holidays, it’s often forgotten about the rest of the year. The truth is that hunger in the US is a year-round issue for millions of families who have fallen on hard times. This includes the “unseen hungry” who tend to be elderly folks who live on fixed incomes. This food drive helps put a spotlight on the needs of the hungry at a time when many might not otherwise be thinking about it.
For those who plan to donate, try to donate nonperishable food that you would want to eat yourself. Below you’ll find a list provided by the San Antonio Food Bank of 12 types of food that food banks love to receive. These are items which are in high demand at most food banks across the country.
So take a few minutes to look through your selves to see what you have on hand that can help a family in need. Even if it’s only a single can of food, it will be greatly appreciated.