Letter carriers at the Moab Post Office will participate in the 27th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11.
Letter carriers and volunteers will pick up nonperishable food in a bag residents leave next to their mailboxes early that day, a Saturday, before the mail is delivered.
According to a statement from the U.S. Postal Service, more than 71.5 million pounds of food was donated across the nation, including 700,000 pounds Utahns donated.
The timing of the food drive is critical. According to the service, most food banks and pantries receive the bulk of donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. By the time spring arrives they are depleted.
The problem is exacerbated by the pending end of the academic year, leaving some children without access to school breakfast and lunch, said the service.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein, such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.
For additional information about this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, visit nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.
Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation with more than 10,000 cities and towns across America participating, said the service in its statement.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
What to give:
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)
- Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
- Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils)
- Pasta, rice cereal
- Canned fruits
- 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
- Canned vegetables
- Cooking oil
- Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads)
What not to give:
- Rusty or unlabeled cans
- Glass containers
- Perishable items
- Homemade items
- Expired items
- Noncommercial canned or packaged items
- Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda
- Open or used items