Help ‘Stamp’ out hunger this weekend

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The National Association of Letter Carriers hopes you will help combat hunger in the Tennessee Valley this weekend. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is Saturday, May 12.

All you have to do is leave a donation of non-perishable goods next to your mailbox before the mail is delivered on Saturday. Letter carriers will collect the donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes. That food will then distribute the donations to the Food Bank of North Alabama and its partner programs.

Stamp Out Hunger 2018

 

Since 2003, generous neighbors in our community have donated over 1 million meals to the Food Bank of North Alabama during this annual food drive. It helps sustain the Food Bank and its partner food pantries, soup kitchens, children’s programs, and shelters, which often run low in the summers, a time when they need it most as school meal programs are suspended.

"And actually, there's a lot of need in the summer because kids aren't going to school, and they don't have those free and reduced meals, that they're required to provide at the schools," said Shirley Schofield, the Food Bank’s Executive Director.

Schofield emphasized the importance of this event, “We appreciate the continued support from the letter carriers. Without their commitment, this day would not be possible. And we know the generous community we live in will provide necessary assistance to our neighbors in need.”

People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

The Food Bank of North Alabama distributes food to about 250 partners, such as church food pantries, residential homes, soup kitchens and shelters. Last year, the Food Bank was responsible for the distribution of more than 7 million meals to help those in need.

The National Association of Letter Carriers offers this FAQ section on it's website for anyone who may have more questions.

"I beg of you. Look in your cabinet. I'm sure there's something your kids aren't eating that our kids would," said Lynn Caffery, the Executive Director of Safe Harbor Youth Inc. "I'm sure there's stuff in there that the veterans would eat, that you're not going to be able to use a lot of, that you've already got a lot of. And you can spare one or two cans."
Canned foods are greatly needed, especially proteins like beans, tuna, and chicken. But all nonperishables are accepted like rice, vegetables, and peanut butter.
The Food Bank said this is one of the easiest ways you can donate. And your donations can help serve the 151-thousand people in our area who struggle with hunger.
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