What can you do in a single day to help end hunger in America?
This Saturday, May 14, there's an easy answer: Donate nonperishable food products to Stamp Out Hunger, the nation's largest one-day food drive. You don't even have to leave home to do it. Just put the food in a bag and leave it by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick up the food and deliver it to a local food bank or pantry.
See also: Drive to End Hunger.
You'll be helping some of the 51 million Americans — including more than 6 million who are 60 and older — who struggle to put food on the table. Since the National Association of Letter Carriers began Stamp Out Hunger in 1993, the program has collected more than 1 billion pounds of donated food, including more than 77 million pounds last year.
Together, AARP and AARP Foundation established the Drive to End Hunger last year to stop hunger in its tracks. This year, they're teaming up with NALC. AARP distributed 3 million Drive to End Hunger grocery bags for use in areas of concentrated senior hunger on May 14. Each one says: "It's not just a bag of food. It's a bag of hope."
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Here's how you can contribute:
- Place nonperishable food products in a paper bag. Canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice can be donated. No products in glass containers or past their expiration dates, please.
- Leave the bag by your mailbox before your usual delivery time on Saturday, May 14.
- Your letter carrier will pick up the bag and deliver it to a community food bank, pantry or shelter.
- You can also take your food to your local post office on May 14. (You should also call your post office if your food isn't picked up.)