Local letter carriers again helping 'Stamp Out Hunger'

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service, Feeding America and other partners are asking the people of Greencastle and surrounding Putnam County communities to help Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 9.

The annual food drive has grown into a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation's largest single-day food drive. In 2014, generous Americans donated 72.5 million pounds of food, feeding 30 million people.

This was the 11th consecutive year of at least 70 million pounds collected by letter carriers.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food since it began.

The need for food assistance exists in every community in America. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger.

Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 16 million children in America are struggling with hunger. In addition, 4.8 million seniors face choice between paying rent, utilities and having nutritious food.

To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.feedingamerica.org and www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.

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