Local letter carriers join in nationwide effort to Stamp Out Hunger!
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 19th Annual nationwide Stamp Out Hunger! Food Drive on Saturday, May 14. Stamp Out Hunger! is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and has netted more than 1 billion pounds of food since 1992. Last year, more than 73 million pounds of food were collected nationally, with more than 300,000 pounds collected in metro Atlanta.
Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 14, before their letter carrier arrives. Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community food banks and food pantries for distribution.
This year’s Food Drive could not come at a more appropriate time. The Atlanta Community Bank (ACFB), which provides food for nearly 60,000 new people each week through a network of more than 700 nonprofit partner agencies in 38 counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgia, says the need for food assistance has continued to grow. In March of 2011, ACFB distributed 24 percent more food and grocery products than it distributed in March of 2010 and ACFB has distributed 38 percent more food to partner agencies than last fiscal year.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100 percent fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.