Post Office Prepares For “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive bag delivered to homes

A nationwide food drive is happening this weekend. The furthest you’ll have to go is your mailbox, and your mail carrier will do the rest!

Every second Saturday for the past 25-years the United States Postal Service has been replenishing local food pantries with the help of area residents.

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The Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive falls on May 12 this year. According to the Post Office, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has collected more than one billion pounds of food across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands since the start.

Lee Jones, Branch 129 retiree, sorts food collected in Baton Rouge. Jones carried the mail from 1963 to 2001. (Photo credit: Emily Sokolski)

Ducan Sheppard, a Langhorne letter carrier, says it’s a great way to give back to those less fortunate that live in your neighborhood.

“It’s the nations largest, one-day food drive event,” Ducan said. “(Then) it’s all delivered to local food banks and pantries so everything is local, but it happens nationwide.”

During the week, mail carriers deliver little reminders for residents like a postcard about the food drive and a blue bag to fill up and leave out on Saturday. To donate, you can fill up that blue bag or a box and leave it outside by your mailbox. The post office will sort through the food and deliver it where it can be available to needy families in the neighborhood in which it was donated.

This year Stamp Out Hunger is supported by the US Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, AFL-CIO, United Way, Valassis, and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems.