With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 30th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14.
The food drive has become the nation’s largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families.
Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 14, before their letter carrier arrives. Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.
Food Drive TIPS
WHAT TO GIVE: Most-wanted foods include:
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).
Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese).
Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).
Pasta, rice cereal.
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).
Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).
WHAT NOT TO GIVE:
Rusty or unlabeled cans.
No expired items
Noncommercial canned or packaged items.
Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.
Open or used items.