May 10 marks the 22nd anniversary of America’s largest-single day of giving – the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners.
Currently, 49 million Americans – 1 in 6 – are unsure where their next meal is coming from. There are 16 million children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school, according to a news release. And nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
In 2013, 74 million pounds of food was collected by postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Through its history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over 1 billion pounds of food.
The food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the holiday season. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available for children in need.
To help, leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on May 10, and the postal carrier will do the rest.