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Stamp Out Hunger food drive taking place this Saturday

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Local News

This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Local members of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will Stamp Out Hunger May 13 and collect nonperishable food donations along their regular postal routes and deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania and its network of member agencies. Food then will be distributed to the families who need it most.

Letter carriers will be aided by volunteers from Teamsters Local 773, Keenan House and Northampton County Probation Department for this one-day food drive event.

Participation in Stamp Out Hunger is simple. Postal customers need only to leave their sealed, nonperishable donations in a visible place by their mailbox before their regular delivery May 13. Donations should be placed in a sturdy, clearly marked bag so the letter carriers know to add it to the collection.

Truck drivers from the U.S. Postal Service and Teamsters Local 773 then will make a special delivery of the food donations to Second Harvest Food Bank or to one of its local member agencies.

Second Harvest is in need of nonperishable items, including cereal, peanut butter, pasta, rice, tuna and canned soup, fruits and vegetables. Nonfood items — diapers and personal care items, such as shampoo, toothpaste and soap — also are needed.

For the safety of the letter carriers and volunteers, participants should not donate items in glass containers.

Postal customers across the region have donated more than two million pounds of food over the years — the entirety being delivered by dedicated, local letter carriers to Second Harvest and its member agencies. Across America, more than 10,000 cities and towns participate in Stamp Out Hunger, making it the largest one-day food drive event in the nation. These donations provide a critical boost for the food bank in the summer months when many families rely on their local food pantry to supply the extra groceries needed to cover the meals their children receive at school during the school year.

“The children, seniors and working families served by the over 200 member agencies of the Second Harvest Food Bank network will benefit greatly from the generosity of the postal patrons throughout our region. The school year ends, and many families whose children rely on the free school breakfast and lunch program struggle to stretch their grocery budget to include those additional 10 meals per week for their children. We appreciate the efforts of the letter carriers, the NALC and all of the supporters who make this effort possible. We couldn’t meet these critical community needs without them,” Second Harvest Director Jessica Dokachev said.