Annual food drive helps thousands of people get enough to eat

 

On Saturday May 12, letter carriers will be doing more than just dropping off the mail; they’ll also be collecting food for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger takes place around the country and is the largest single-day food drive.

You can take part by collecting nonperishable food items and leaving them in a bag near the mailbox early on May 12. A letter carrier or volunteer will pick up the donation and ensure it gets to Oregon Food Bank. Last year, one million pounds of food was collected in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. This year’s goal is 1.2 million. All donated food stays in the community where it was collected.

“Six days a week, our letter carriers are out in the community, traveling door to door. They see the subtle changes in income and know which house is struggling to put food on the table,” says Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan. “We are proud to work together again this year to nourish and care for every neighbor.”

Most Wanted Foods:

Peanut Butter and Almond Butter (low or no sugar)

Rice

Tuna

Beans (canned or dried)

Pasta

Whole Grain Cereal

Shelf-stable Milk

Cooking Oil

Canned Tomatoes

Other nutritious foods (preferably healthy, whole grain, low-fat, low-sodium and low-sugar products)

Oregon Food Bank can’t accept:

  • Rusty or unlabeled cans

  • Perishable items (applies only to food drive donations)

  • Homemade items

  • Non-commercial canned or packaged items

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Open or used items

Donations not picked up by letter carriers can be dropped off at any post office by Wednesday, May 16. Financial donations can be made online at give.oregonfoodbank.org/NALC.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks nationwide. Along with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the National Association of Letter Carriers has collected more than one billion pounds of food nationally since the drive’s inception.

The food drive is made possible by your local letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, UFCW Local 555, AWS Elemental Technologies along with many volunteers and community organizations.

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes… because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of 740,000 people through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. Find out how to feed the human spirit atoregonfoodbank.org.

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