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Put Your Food Donations Out With the Mail on Saturday

Stamp Out Hunger, in its 20th year, feeds hungry people across the country.

You know that bag of food you’ve been meaning to drop off at the local food pantry? This Saturday, your mail carrier will do the work for you.

May 12 marks the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger, and it couldn’t be easier to participate. Simply put a bag of nonperishable food out with your mail. Your postal worker will collect it on his or her route and deliver it to a local food aid organization.

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food collection drive, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Last year, carriers picked up 70 million pounds of food. 

Each can, each box of spaghetti, each tuna tin is food that’s desperately needed. A 2011 food insecurity study by Feeding America found that nearly 49 million people—including one of every five children—needed emergency food assistance that year.

Local hunger relief organization Philabundance, one of the beneficiaries of Stamp Out Hunger, lists the following as "high priority" items:

  • Canned/shelf-stable tuna
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned pasta
  • Canned beef stew
  • Canned chili
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned green beans
  • Canned corn
  • Canned fruit
  • Breakfast cereal and hot cereal
Mary-Fran Connelly May 13, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Wish this had been sent a week earlier so I could have done it.
Ruth Sperber May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Wish you had mentioned the Ada Mutch Food Pantry right in Bryn Mawr. We were one of the recipients from the collection by Bryn Mawr Post Office. What a great day! We can always use extra food for the pantry, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-noon and 2-4; other hours by appointment. Canned meats, paper products, beef stew; soap, detergent, shampoo and other toiletries are up there on our list, but we appreciate any unexpired shelf stable food - or groceries! For more information please call 610.525.0706. Thanks, Patch readers!!

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