'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive Hopes To Feed Hungry Children

Letter carriers help collect donations for food bank

Annual Stamp out Hunger food drive collects about half compared to last year

They are collecting non-perishable food items in bags left by mailboxes before mail delivery on May 13.

Postal workers weren't just dropping off mail on Saturday. It's one of 10 local organizations benefiting from the 150,000-200,000 pounds of food collected during the drive.

The time of the letter carriers' food drive is crucial. They are children who feel hunger's impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school and seniors over age 60, many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

The annual Stamp Out Hunger drive is always scheduled for the second Saturday of May.

Event organizers say this is the ideal time to donate food to the Hunger Task Force because this is usually the time of year when food pantries need restocking. 71 million pounds of food were collected throughout the country. "If they'd still like to make donations, they can bring donations down to the food bank, and we will feed them to our families in need".

The USPS said food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. "So that's why we depend on food drives so much to get our nonperishable can donations for our partner agencies and programs". Food donations can still be dropped off through Monday at all Kroger stores and Martin's Super Markets in St. Joseph County and at the retail counter of any post office. "Kids may be on summer vacation but what that means for parents is that they have more meals to provide".

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