Grand Rapids Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Saturday, May 12

Posted May 05, 2018

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 26 th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12.

"It couldn't be easier - we simply ask people to bag healthy nonperishable food and place it by their mailbox, which our carriers will then pick up as they make the rounds on their daily route", Sixkiller said. "The need (for donations) is great, and as we've said in previous years, all the food items collected in the Claremore area stay in the Claremore area, benefiting local families through local food pantries".

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To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12.

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides food and grocery products to many nonprofit organizations and programs that assist the hungry and to individuals who need food assistance.

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Laurie Chavez, Community Food Project Manager said, "The need is so big in the Rio Grande Valley, that of course we want to surpass our poundage from past year".

“Our food drives timing is crucial, ” Muniz continued. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. The food collected will help with the extra food needed in the summer when food shelf need increases. This is no small feat, and it is only possible through the generosity of the community's food or cash donors, groups like the Letter Carriers and volunteers at the Food Pantry.

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This is a partnership event with United Way, Feeding America and the USPS.