OTTUMWA-The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is on Saturday, May 13. The food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is the world’s largest one-day food drive, taking place in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 States, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
Participating in the food drive couldn’t be easier. Before their regular mail pick-up on Saturday, May 13, postal customers are asked to leave bags of non-perishable food items by their mailboxes. Letter carriers will pick up the bags and—with help from retired letter carriers, other postal employees and countless volunteers—deliver the bags to local food agencies.
Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.
Wapello County ranks among the top counties for highest child hunger rates in Iowa.
Approximately twenty four percent of children in Wapello County are food insecure. Our local coordinator has set a goal of 12,500 pounds of food to be collected during the 2017 Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Because the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers visit every address in the country at least six days a week, we see the struggles in the communities we serve, and we believe it’s important to do what we can to help.
In its 25 years, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food; last year’s drive collected approximately 80.1 million pounds nation-wide.
Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 13 and your letter carrier will do the rest. Join in America’s great day of giving and help us fight to end hunger. If you forget to participate on May 13, you can leave your food donations by your mailbox on Monday, May 15 and your letter carrier can pick it up on that day, as well. Help our community reach the 12,500 pound goal and help us ensure every citizen in our community is free from hunger.