On May 12, 2012, for the 2nd year, AARP and AARP Foundation will sponsor Stamp Out Hunger, the nation’s largest single-day food drive, under our Drive to End Hunger work. This is the 20th year of this effort, which is hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service.
Here’s how it works: On May 12, letter carriers across the country will collect non-perishable food donations from their postal customers at the same time as they deliver the mail. They – in some cases with the help of volunteers – will then deliver these donations to a local food bank or pantry. Households nationwide will be alerted to the opportunity to participate in this food drive through a postcard or bag delivered to their home. Go to Drive to End Hunger for more information and to enter a sweepstakes to win a year of free groceries.
The facts about hunger in America paint an alarming picture. About 51 million people nationwide are going hungry. Of those, more than six million are over the age of 60. Maine currently ranks second in the nation for very low food security.
AARP Maine is committed to addressing food insecurity, particularly for the elderly in our state. We are a member of the Maine Hunger Initiative, whose mission it is to advocate for solutions to hunger and other problems. There are many in our state who work tirelessly to help those in need and we hope that on May 12th, you will participate in this year’s Stamp Out Hunger program. Every donation can make a life-saving difference.
If you would like to help in your own community, please ask your local letter carrier how you can best get involved. They will certainly be grateful if you can help collect the food on that day.
To learn more about AARP’s efforts at the national level to combat hunger in America, please go to Drive to End Hunger, and get more information about Stamp Out Hunger and to enter a sweepstakes to win a year of free groceries.
No purchase necessary to enter or to win. Participation in the food drive or a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.