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
- Canned green beans
- Canned corn
- Canned fruit
- Breakfast cereal and hot cereal