Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive---the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Which, in my house, means that my wife Amy has been gathering supplies for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for about the last two weeks.

After Saturday, I won't be tripping on a mountain of non-perishable food items stacked by the back door.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to donate food items. Simply gather up what you'd like to donate, then place the items out at your mailbox. Or, you can drop off your donation at the post office. The good folks at the United States Postal Service will do the rest.

Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 25 years.

Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

With 42 million people facing hunger every day in America, including 13 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.


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