24th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Rugby, ND

Rugby, ND

This past Saturday, generous donors throughout the country showed their support in the fight against hunger by placing non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes. In the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, letters carriers nation-wide collected millions of pounds of food to donate to local food banks just in time to restock empty pantries for the summer months.

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In 2015, over 71 million pounds of food was collected by postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of the 24-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food.

 

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Wildflower Elementary School in Colorado Springs, CO

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Stamp Out Hunger

Stamp out hunger 2016

Saturday, May 14, marks the 24th anniversary of America’s largest-single day of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in Partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Valpak, United Way, AFL-CIO, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and other partners.

Currently, 48 million Americans, including one in five children, are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Studies have shown that lack of adequate nutrition affects cognitive and behavioral development in children.

In 2015, over 71 million pounds of food was collected by Postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of the 23-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food.

To participate in this year’s drive, leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 14. Your carrier will make sure it reaches a pantry for those in need.

Stamp Out Hunger

Stamp out hunger 2015

The 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is coming on this Saturday, May 9. The National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the Postal Service, Feeding America, and the United Way are teaming up to support American families struggling with hunger.

According to the most recently available information by Feeding America, there were nearly 49 million food insecure people in the United States in 2012, including nearly 16 million children and approximately 4.8 million seniors who often have to make the difficult choice between paying rent, utilities and having enough nutritious food. You can help those in need by placing bagged, non-perishable food items by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on May 9.

More than 72 million pounds of food was collected in 2014, and more than one billion pounds of food has been collected since the program’s inception.

For more information on the food drive event, visit the Stamp Out Hunger Facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

2014 Stamp Out Hunger

It’s simple. It’s easy. It’s helping millions of Americans!

Letter carriers care about the people in the communities they serve, and on Saturday, May 10, they will do a lot more than deliver mail and packages. They will also pick up non-perishable food donations left at mailboxes as they visit every home in the nation.

It is a very simple and easy concept: the public is asked to leave non-perishable food in a sturdy bag by their mailbox on Saturday, May 10, 2014. That food will be collected and delivered to local charities that provide it to people who need it — right in the same community.

Learn more about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive today!

 

Food Drive a Success

Stamp out hunger 2013 2

Thanks to the hard work of employees and the generous donations of customers, the annual Stamp Out Hunger program brought in 74.3 million pounds of food this year. That’s a 5 percent increase over 2012 results and the second highest amount in the drive’s 21 year history.

The efforts helped restock the pantries at food banks across America and secured the sustenance needs for countless families.

Help Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday

Stamp out hunger 2013

Last year, the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive brought in more than 70 million pounds of food to help make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. It was the ninth consecutive year the event exceeded 70 million pounds of food, and with your help, this year will mark the 10th.

“Together, we are continuing to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in need,” said Postmaster General Pat Donahoe. “The Postal Service is proud to play a major role with our carriers, corporate partners and local community organizations to help stamp out hunger.”

On Saturday, May 11, you’ll have the opportunity to help restock the pantries at food banks across America and secure the sustenance needs for countless families.

Be sure to leave only non-perishable food items by the mailbox for your letter carrier to collect. For more information on the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, go to: www.helpstampouthunger.com.

Preparing for the Feast

Preparing for the Feast

Hi all. Benny here. The big day is almost here, and I’m still working on final preparations for the family get together tomorrow.

Many people create such wonderful feasts this time of year, and the traditions are as varied as my personal collection of postage stamps (which is pretty huge, in case you’re wondering). Treats such as turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and deviled eggs (my personal favorite) typically grace the table. However, there are far more goodies out there than this delicious ensemble.

Other delicacies include fried carp, potato salad, roast pork, rice pudding, smoked salmon, tamales, menudo, lamb, roast vegetables, stuffed chicken, herring in cream sauce, cabbage soup and so much more.

Are you getting hungry yet? I know I sure am. In fact, I think it’s time to “taste test” the feast I’m still preparing for tomorrow. I don’t think my guests will mind.

I’d love to hear what festive foods you’ll be putting on the table tomorrow. It’ll help me plan an even better meal for next year’s feast.

Have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!

 

Benny

Gobble, Gobble

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, the centuries-long celebration of the Autumn harvest.

The original Thanksgiving event occurred in 1621 when Plymouth colonists shared a feast with the Wampanoag Indians to celebrate the first successful corn harvest. While the celebration lasts for one day in modern times, it lasted for three days during the original festivity.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official holiday, and it remains a celebrated event to this day.

What is your fondest memory of Thanksgiving?

Don’t Forget to Help Stamp Out Hunger Tomorrow

Food drive kick off event in Phoenix, AZ, on Thursday, May 10.
In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for one in six people in the United States, hunger is a reality.
Today, nearly 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working individuals who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.
On Saturday, May 12, the United States Postal Service will team up with its letter carriers to conduct the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive across the nation to collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger each and every day.
Beyond the Call of Duty…
The nation’s 210,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. In 2011, generous Americans donated 70.2 million pounds of food, which marked the eighth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected.
You Can Help…
Helping Stamp Out Hunger is as easy as checking your mailbox. Just leave a bag of non-perishable food where your letter carrier normally delivers your mail on Saturday, May 12. Your letter carrier will then pick up and deliver the food to a local food bank. 
Examples of non-perishable items include:
Canned soup
Canned meats and fish
Canned vegetables, fruits and juices
Boxed goods (such as cereal)
Pasta and rice
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.

What food items do you plan on donating? Comment here.

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