DOVER — The National Association of Letter Carriers will mark the 30th anniversary of its Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday.
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.
Over the course of the food drive’s 29-year history, the drive has collected more than 188 billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Delaware alone collected 268,399 pounds in 2019. The letter carriers are hoping to expand on that number in 2022 as the need for food donations is great.
Currently, 42 million Americans (1-in-6) are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive’s timing is critical. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.
By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.
Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple.
Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday and your letter carrier will do the rest.