Post Office’s Stamp Out Hunger Day to Help Food Banks

stamp out hunger food drive 2014
Each year, the second Saturday in May turns out to be the largest single-day food drive in the US. Letter carriers in over 10,000 cities across the nation will be collecting food today, May 10, 2014, from the homes of people on their mail routes, as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive. This food drive has been able to deliver over one billion pounds of food to those in need over the past 21 years.

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. Pleas


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5 Responses to Post Office’s Stamp Out Hunger Day to Help Food Banks

  1. rob62521 says:

    We participate every year because exactly as you wrote, the food pantry we support needs food not only around the holidays, but throughout the year. Our economy has been hit hard the past few years and there seems to be a bigger and bigger need unfortunately. How blessed many of us are that we are comfortable enough with our finances and can help out.

  2. Christina says:

    I contributed some of my surplus nonperishable pantry items, and I’m not even in a comfortable position, except if you call comfortable not having to rely on a food bank.

    I seriously considered gathering some of my excess herbs and spices into some spare small canisters I have, labeling them, but I didn’t know if the food bank wanted storebought and still-wrapped/never opened.

  3. Backroad says:

    So, what good does a food drive like this do if they don’t even pick up the food?

    Some canned goods were left outside our mailbox for pickup, and not only was it *NOT* picked up, but animals got into it and I had to throw it all away. I’m sure as hell not going to ever do this again.

    Perhaps they should try using someone else other than the lazy postal employees who couldn’t be bothered…

  4. Amy Jo says:

    Hi. I volunteered at the food bank, and unfortunately, they can’t take items you have repackaged/relabeled.
    They cannot take expired items either.
    They will take items you have have opened and tried if the contents are individually wrapped. For example, if you buy a box of crackers with 4 individually wrapped sleeves, use only one, and re-tape the box, they can accept it.

  5. chris says:

    I live in Florida and stock up each year in June on canned goods and what not for Hurricane Season. Hurricane Season ends in November, and so if there has not been a hurricane I will donate my canned goods for the Thanksgiving season. I don’t know if this sounds mean on ungrateful, but I feel grateful that I did not have to endure a hurricane, and want to pass forward the grattitude in hopes the canned goods can be put to better use than sitting in my pantry. I guess I feel its a better cycle of prepardeness and helping than having canned good sit on a shelf for years waiting for a maybe hurricane (its now been 8 years since the last hurricance, knock on wood) .

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