This is the 22nd year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food since its inception. Last year, Americans donated 74 million pounds of food, including 655,000 pounds of food in the Beehive state.
Examples of non-perishable items include: peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), pasta and rice. Do not donate items that have expired or are in glass containers.
Currently, 49 million Americans – one in six – are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help, according to information from the food drive’s organizers.
Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. 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.
“This is a great opportunity to help those in our community who are struggling to put food on the table,” said USPS District Manager Jimmy Wolf.
The food drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
For more information about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive visit www.nalc.org/commun/foodrive/.