The annual Stamp Out Hunger with the National Association of Letter Carriers is on Saturday, May 12. Locally, donations will benefit Food Gatherers.
It is super easy to participate. Simply fill the bag that your mail carrier leaves you and set it out by your mailbox on May 12th. If you need food assistance, the bags will have contact information to connect you with resources.
This press release from Food Gatherers has more information:
ANN ARBOR,MI April 30, 2018 – Food Gatherers invites all residents in Washtenaw County to join America’s letter carriers and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 12th. The drive, hosted annually by National Association of Letter Carriers, is the largest single-day food drive in the country. Last year, letter carriers collected 75.3 million pounds of food for local food banks.
Here in Washtenaw County, Stamp Out Hunger will help one in seven of our neighbors struggling with hunger who include children, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and working adults.
Local letter carriers will deliver special orange bags to many homes across Washtenaw County to remind everyone to participate in the food drive. Residents may fill the sponsored bags—or any other bag—with non-perishable food items, such as canned soup and stew, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal, and leave it next to their mailbox before their regular mail delivery time on May 12th for letter carriers to collect. Food Gatherers’ staff and volunteers will be on-site at the post office to accept all the bags and deliver them to the warehouse on Carrot Way.
The donation bags, provided by Food Gatherers, Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Domino’s, Kroger Co. of Michigan, Om of Medicine, United Way of Washtenaw County, and Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, serve a dual purpose. Residents use them to collect food. They also provide information for those individuals in need of food assistance by directing people to contact United Way 2-1-1 to get information about and referrals to human services. Residents who decline to participate in the drive should recycle their bags.
“Stamp Out Hunger is unique among food drives. It gives communities across the country an opportunity to come together on the same day to fight hunger where they live. The drive builds awareness about hunger in the U.S. and shows that everyone can help people struggling with food insecurity,” said Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers.
“The Stamp Out Hunger food drive comes at an especially important time for our country’s school children and their families,” says Megan Brennan, Postmaster General. “Donating food on May 12, ahead of the summer months, enables communities to provide timely assistance to millions who rely on school lunch programs the rest of the year.”
According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, more than a third of food insecure people in the U.S. are children—13,118,000 total. In Washtenaw County, 9,000 of the more than 49,000 people who experience hunger are children.
The National Association of Letter Carriers created Stamp Out Hunger in 1993 to encourage communities to help stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. They hold the event on the second Saturday of May every year. Locally, Food Gatherers and letter carriers have collaborated on Stamp Out Hunger since 2004, delivering a total of 1,098,399 pounds of donated food to help those in need.
The United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way, Valassis, and Valpak are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
About Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers is the food rescue program and food bank for Washtenaw County, distributing 6.5 million pounds of food to 170 non-profit programs serving close to 44,500 low-income adults, seniors and children annually. Food Gatherers’ direct service programs include the Community Kitchen, Community Kitchen Job Training, Healthy School Pantry, and Summer Food Service. More than 6,500 people volunteer each year. For the last 14 consecutive years, Food Gatherers has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For a list of food donors and recipient programs, or to learn how to become involved, visit foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.
About National Association of Letter Carriers
NALC has more than 278,297 members and represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.