LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 11

Published 1:43 pm Monday, May 6, 2024

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Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries.

Over the course of its 30 plus-year history, the drive has collected well over 1.9 billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The need for food donations is great. Currently, more than 44 million Americans are unsure where their next meal will come from. More than 13 million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. Nearly 5.5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the holiday season. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Participating in this year’s NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food(tm) Drive is simple. Please leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by your mailbox Saturday, May 11, 2024, and your letter carrier will do the rest. Thank you for helping us in our fight to Stamp Out Hunger(tm).


Your letter carriers and Postmaster of Dowagiac