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Stamp Out Hunger is set for May 11

The annual food drive collects donations for those in need

A woman in a blue jacket speaks from behind a lectern
Mattituck, NY, Postmaster Jessica Lippert addresses attendees at a Stamp Out Hunger rally last week.

Stamp Out Hunger, the annual drive that allows Postal Service employees to collect food donations for their communities, will be held Saturday, May 11.

The National Association of Letter Carriers leads the one-day event, with help from USPS and other organizations. Since its launch in 1993, Stamp Out Hunger has grown into the nation’s largest one-day food drive.

To participate, customers are asked to fill a bag with healthful, nonperishable food items and place it by their mailbox for mail carriers to pick up. During the drive, postal employees collect the food and donate it to local food banks and pantries.

One in 8 Americans — including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans — are unsure where their next meal will come from, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers, also known as NALC.

“Letter carriers are in every community and can see who in their communities are in need,” said Brian L. Renfroe, the union’s president. “We step up by filling the shelves of local food pantries. Our commitment to the food drive is unwavering.”

The NALC website has additional information for this year’s drive, including a toolkit for participants, promotional materials, community engagement guidelines and ways to contribute online.