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Stamp Out Hunger food drive is May 14

Letter carrier loading food donations
Charlotte, NC, Letter Carrier Vanessa Vasser collects food during last year’s Stamp Out Hunger. Image: Charlotte Observer

Postal Service employees in more than 100,000 towns and cities will collect food for people in need Saturday, May 14, during this year’s Stamp Out Hunger drive.

USPS, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and others sponsor the event, which aims to help the 48 million Americans — including 1 in 5 children — who face hunger every day.

“As we come together to help feed America’s hungry, I encourage our customers across the country to support this vital one-day food drive. Working together, we will continue making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in need,” said PMG Megan J. Brennan.

Through Stamp Out Hunger, customers leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by their mailbox. USPS collects the donations, which are distributed to local food banks and pantries.

These organizations receive most donations during the holidays and often run low on supplies during the summer, when school breakfast and lunch programs aren’t available to children in need.

During last year’s Stamp Out Hunger, employees collected 71 million pounds of food that helped an estimated 30 million people.

NALC’s public service announcement and video and the Postal Service’s May 9 news release have more information.

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