26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Laurie Chavez, Community Food Project Manager said, "The need is so big in the Rio Grande Valley, that of course we want to surpass our poundage from previous year".

From 11 a.m.to 7 p.m. on May 12, postal workers will hold their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, which will benefit four local pantries: The Salvation Army, Allied Churches, DreamAlign and SAFE. Families already struggling, find it even more hard to meet the extra need for food.

"If you've seen one hungry child, you've seen one too many", said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers' Food Drive. Last year, 10,322 pounds of food was collected in the Marshalltown area.

Whatever you donate, know that your contribution will make a significant difference for the almost 400 different families that come to the Food Pantry throughout the year.

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With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including almost 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food agencies. This is no small feat, and it is only possible through the generosity of the community's food or cash donors, groups like the Letter Carriers and volunteers at the Food Pantry.

The National Association of Letter Carriers is here to help out with this need. It's easy to make a donation: "simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by the mailbox to help your neighbors in need".

Please be generous and leave a bag of non-perishable food donations by your mailbox for your letter carrier.

  • Megan Austin