Saturday, May 11th marks the 27th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food drive.
Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many—hunger.
So, each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from their customers. The donations we collect locally go directly to food pantries in central Louisiana to provide food to people who need our help.
Last year, letter carriers collected 71.6 million pounds of food nationally. Over the past 5 years, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana has collected 258,445 pounds of non-perishable food through the Stamp out Hunger Food Drive
The need for food donations is great. Almost 50 million Americans—1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Among them are millions of children, senior citizens and military veterans.
Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries typically receive the bulk of their donations during the winter holiday season. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school meal programs are not available to children in need.
Participating in the Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is easy. Just leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11th, before mail delivery, and your letter carrier will do the rest. Local letter carriers will deliver paper bags to residents in central Louisiana before the food drive on May 11. The bags were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alexandria.