Letter carriers from across Indiana will help to “Stamp Out Hunger” on Saturday, May 10, as a part of their 22nd annual food drive benefiting the state’s food banks.
In its 22nd year, the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive benefits local food banks and shelters through a partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Last year, letter carriers collected more than 74 million pounds of food feeding an estimated 30 million people nationally. Over the course of its 21-year history, the drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food.
“Our letter carriers are on the streets and in the community every day and they see firsthand how families are struggling to put food on the table,” said John Tripplett, president of the Indiana NALC, “These are not only our customers, they are our neighbors and friends, and we are proud to help in this worthy effort.”
The need for food donations is urgent. In Indiana, more than 1 million Hoosiers are unsure of where their next meal is coming from and nearly 346,000 children, while nationally 49 million Americans – one in six – are food insecure.
“The timing of this food drive is crucial,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. “Food banks and pantries receive many donations during the holiday season. By spring, supplies begin to run low at a time when we need to gear up for summer, when children don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch programs and may not access summer feeding programs.”
To participate in the 22nd “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive in Indiana, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 10. Hoosier letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to regional food banks and emergency food relief agencies.
Feeding America provides food assistance to 37 million Americans every year. According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans rely on the organization for food and groceries, and the organization distributes three billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. Member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. distributed 80 million pounds of food in 2013 through nearly 1,700 agencies across Indiana.