Letter carriers across the country are gearing up for the 26th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday, May 12, when they will collect nonperishable food donations from customers to be taken directly to local food pantries.
Last year, the letter carriers collected more than 75 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Currently, 49 million Americans — about one in six — are unsure where their next meal is coming from, including 13 million children and more than 5 million older than 60.
Food banks and pantries often receive the bulk of donations during Thanksgiving and Christmas 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 available to children in need.
To participate, leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox Saturday, May 12, and the letter carrier or another volunteer will ensure that donation gets to the appropriate pantry.
The Ottawa Post Office and Letter Carriers Union are seeking volunteers to help pick up donations May 12. To volunteer, contact Sarah Thornton at 815-472-9081.