Last updated: May 06. 2014 4:20PM - 181 Views
By Evelyn Long

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The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct their 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 10.

Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many - hunger.

Each year, on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from their customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Cardington who need their help.

To participate in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox Saturday, May 10, and the letter carrier will do the rest.

In 2013, over 74 million pounds of food was collected nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of its 21 year history, the drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and U S Virgin Islands.

The need for food donations is great- currently 49 million Americans - one in six are unsure of 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.

Nearly five million seniors over the age of 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

This food drive’s timing is crucial. 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 avail-able to children in need.”

So please, join in America’s great day of giving and help the NALC in their fight to end hunger.

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