REGIONAL – Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the 27th annual ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers, with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 25 years.
Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.
In our region food items will be distributed in association with Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Utah Food Bank, Idaho Food Bank and respective statewide network partners, such as local community churches, local food banks, and pantries.
You may also take your donations to Utah Food Bank, and Idaho Food Bank warehouses. If your food is not picked up, place it back outside your door on the Monday following the event.
Last year’s drive resulted in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands .
Be on the lookout for a reminder bag in your mailbox during the week leading up to the food drive.
To participate Just fill a bag or box with non-perishable food items and leave next to your mailbox by 9 am on Saturday, May 11th for pickup by your local letter carrier. The carrier will do the rest.
WHAT TO GIVE: Most-wanted foods include:
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).
Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese).
Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).
Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).
Unsalted nuts, peanut or nut butters.
Pastas, regular or instant brown rice.
Whole grain cereals with low sugar.
Tomato products and pasta sauces.
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).
Shelf-stable dairy which is boxed, canned, or dehydrated.
Milk alternatives (rice, soy, almond).
Canola or other cooking oils.
Whole wheat or all-purpose flour.
Baking powder and baking soda.
Personal care items: Toothpaste and toothbrushes, soaps and shampoos and deodorant.
WHAT NOT TO GIVE:
Rusty or unlabeled cans.
No expired items
Noncommercial canned or packaged items.
Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.
Open or used items.
With 42 million people facing hunger every day in America, including 13 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.
For additional information about this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, visit nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.