The Campbell Soup Company is joining forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers in support of their Stamp Out Hunger event across America. The annual food drive, held for the last 21 years, helps provide assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.
The food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, benefits the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Last year, letter carriers collected food donations from 10,000 communities across the nation, helping to put millions of meals on the tables for Americans in need through Feeding America. The drive also marked the ninth consecutive year that people dug deep, donating more than 70 million pounds of food to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
For those interested in helping the cause, items like canned meats, fish, soup, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice are in high demand. Do not donated items that have expired or are in glass containers.
The president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Fredric Rolando, said the drive is important for local communities because it helps stock food banks and pantries for summer, and Community Services of Starke County Executive Director Joan Haugh agreed. She said the program will go a long way in helping to stock the pantry’s shelves.
“The Stamp Out Hunger program is being sponsored by the United States post offices, and they will be collecting food this Saturday, May 11, so it would certainly help our food pantry – or any other food pantry too – if people would leave some food by their mailbox or outside their doorstep so that it can be picked up by the postal workers, and they will be delivering it to the local food banks,” said Haugh.
Most USPS offices are participating in the event. The post offices in Knox and North Judson have said they will pick up food placed near mailboxes or on doorsteps to bring to the local food pantry.
Haugh said the timing is perfect as well.
“It’s a big help with summer coming up, we’ll be needing a lot more food because the children won’t be getting the breakfast and lunch at schools,” said Haugh.
For more information, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.