AMBOY – The National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service and other partners are asking the community of Amboy to Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 12. This is the 26thanniversary of the food drive, which has grown into a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to help put food on the table.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2017, generous Americans donated collected 75 million pounds, the third-highest total in the event’s history. Combined with last year’s record of 80.1 million pounds, that makes a two-year total of 155 million pounds—the highest back-to-back total in the drive’s history. In the quarter-century since it began, the annual food drive has collected almost 1.6 billion pounds of food.
“We’re asking residents for their support to help make this another successful year. It’s easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by the mailbox to help your neighbors in need,” said Amboy Postmaster Jeanna Ohda.
The need for food assistance exists in every community in America.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 16 million children in America are struggling with hunger.
Additionally, close to 5 million seniors face choices between paying rent, utilities, and having nutritious food.
To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.feedingamerica.org and www.nalc.org/community-service/ food-drive.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.