26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers' annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is this coming Saturday, May 12th, 2018 in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte and throughout the Queen City.
Did you know that the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest single food drive in the entire nation (with some 10,000 cities/neighborhoods participating) held every year on the second Saturday of May? Did you know that in 2017 some 71 million pounds of non-perishable food were collected through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive efforts?
The Need For Food Is Greatest At This Time Of Year
One fact often surprising people is that this time of year is when need for donated food is greatest, yet also when donations are more infrequent. And once school lets out for the summer, many children are home without access to free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs available in Charlotte schools. Approximately 527,000 people in the 19 county region around Charlotte in North and South Carolina live at or below the poverty level. Over 42% of the people who are at risk of hunger in our region are children and seniors-- 188,000 children and 41,000+ seniors.
Since this food drive began in 1992, the National Association of Letter Carriers have collected 1.4+ billion pounds of nonperishable food items for families in need. It's astonishing to think that in a country as rich as ours, nationally more than 49 million people in the nation suffer from some level of hunger, including 13+ million children and 5+ million senior citizens over the age of 60. Nationally, some 13% of American households are considered "food insecure."
How To Contribute To The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in Ballantyne/Charlotte:
Fill a plastic bag with non-perishable food/grocery items. Some of you may have already received a bag from your postal carrier with your mail delivery.
Place it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12, 2017.
Your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to a food bank in your community.
In Charlotte, food donations will go to Loaves & Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Loaves & Fishes operates food pantries in Mecklenburg County for people who can’t afford groceries. Second Harvest Food Bank supplies food to pantries across the region. Volunteers are needed to help sort food at various postal stations in Charlotte so that is another way to help this great cause.
Most needed items include: canned meat, canned fruit, canned pastas, powdered milk, 100% fruit juice or cereal.
If donating on Saturday doesn't work for you, keep in mind that you can also donate on-line throughout the month of May to support the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
It really is that easy! So why not donate generously to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in Ballantyne and Charlotte this Saturday? You'll be glad you did!
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