On May 11, the National Association of Letter Carriers holds its annual Stamp Out Hunger Day, with postal workers picking up heavy sacks of nonperishable food items their customers leave by the mailbox or door. This year, AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger is proud to be a sponsor again, donating 15 million specially marked grocery bags to be distributed in the 17 states with the highest amount of food insecurity.
Learn more about Drive to End Hunger.
Food drives usually occur in November and December, but the letter carriers always hold the event in May to remind people that the need for food is year-round. The letter carriers will take all the donations to nearby food pantries and shelters. Almost all of these organizations have experienced a drop in donations since the economy faltered, but the number of people who need food has soared.
Last year, when AARP Foundation also contributed to the effort, the letter carriers collected a record 70 million pounds of food, bringing the grand total to nearly 1.2 billion pounds since the national drive started in 1993. It’s easy to take part in helping the hungry: Just leave a shopping bag full of nonperishable canned or packaged foods by your mailbox or door on Saturday, May 11 (you can also drop off your donation at your local post office that day).
Find out more about the Stamp Out Hunger campaign.