The largest single-day food drive in the United States returns this month—and it all takes place at your mailbox.
On Saturday, May 12, over 230,000 letter carriers nationwide, including over 5,000 here in the Valley will be picking up canned food donations on their regular mail routes during the 26th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp out Hunger” Food Drive.
This drive began right here in Arizona more than 40 years ago. Throughout the week leading up to the food drive, local letter carriers will be dropping off reminder post cards and special grocery bags to both city and rural residents’ mailboxes. The letter carriers encourage those who can help to fill the bags, or any other grocery bag, with nonperishable food items and leave them by their mailboxes on the morning of May 12. Your letter carrier will do the rest, making sure the food gets to the one in five Arizonans—and one in four children—dealing with hunger issues in our state.
Items most needed by the food banks include canned fruit and vegetables, soups and meals in a can, pasta, peanut butter, tuna, rice and cereal. For more information on this event, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.