Letter Carriers, volunteers and hundreds of thousands of pounds of food donations will come together this weekend in the 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive on Saturday, May 11th. This is the biggest food drive of the year for the Community Food Bank and the single biggest one-day food drive in the country.
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
When: Saturday, May 11
Where: Residents are asked to leave a bag of non-perishable food donations by their mailbox.
Who: Donations are picked up by members of the National Association of Letter Carriers
Why: 1 in 4 children in Arizona and 1 in 5 adults are at risk of hunger.
Residents in southern Arizona are asked to leave a bag of non-perishable food by their mailbox before their regular mail delivery time. Letter carriers collect the food donations on their routes and volunteers help sort and pack the donations. Last year’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive brought in more than 250,000 pounds of food locally. The goal this year is 300,000 pounds.
Healthy and nutritious food donations are encouraged. Most needed items include low-sodium canned beans, soups, tomatoes, and vegetables, low-sugar oatmeal and cereal, canned tuna and chicken, rice, whole wheat pasta, and pre-packaged plain nuts. Residents are asked not to donate anything in glass containers, items that will melt or perish in the heat, or any non-food items, including soda and beverages.
This drive comes at a critical time of year for the Community Food Bank, which relies upon the donations from “Stamp Out Hunger” to meet high demand during the summer months. The food drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, with support from the United States Postal Service, and local support comes from Tucson Electric Power, which assists in printing the collection bags and supplying a large group of volunteers.
For more information visit www.communityfoodbank.org.