Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Sat., May 13

Fighting hunger is as easy as walking to your mailbox! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13, the 25th annual Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the largest one day food drive in the country!

It is easy to participate. The week prior to May 13, letter carriers will deliver specially printed grocery bags, provided by Food Lion, to homes in the Charlotte area. Simply fill your bag (any bag will do!) with non-perishable food items such as canned meat, canned fruit, canned pastas, powdered milk, 100% fruit juice or cereal. On the morning of Saturday, May 13, leave the bag of food by your mail box for your letter carrier to collect.

Donated items will go directly to Loaves & Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

“This food drive is critical for both of our agencies as we prepare for an uptick in the number of struggling families we see each summer,” said Sue Bruce of Loaves & Fishes.

“Summer is hard on families struggling to make ends meet. When school is out, kids are home without access to free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs.”

Food Lion is a regional sponsor of the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and provided Stamp Out Hunger grocery bags that were delivered to homes this week. Food Lion helped kick off the annual food drive by donating 9,200 pounds of food at an event held Tuesday at the store on Park Road.

Over the course of its 24-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food across the nation.

The food drive’s timing is crucial, experts say. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted and enter the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Article by Sue Bruce and Mark Price of The Charlotte Observer
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