Saturday letter carriers will conduct the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which is the country’s largest single-day food drive, providing an easy way to donate to those in need.
Since its inception in the early 1990s, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food and in 2016 collected 80 million pounds. In Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings counties, letter carriers picked up roughly 200,000 pounds of food last year.
To donate food, please leave a bag of non-perishable food where the letter carrier delivers your mail, such as your mailbox. Examples of non-perishable food include canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice, cereal, etc.
After the letter carrier picks up the food, it will be distributed to a designated food bank within the community. A food bank official once told me that were it not for the letter carrier food drive, held the second Saturday of each May, that she would not be able to meet the food needs of those she served.
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Let’s make 2017 the year we stamp out hunger in our community!
Eric Ellis, California State Association of Letter Carriers District 4 Officer, Fresno