Last year, the postal carriers from the Redwood Falls Post Office collected over 1,500 pounds of food on Stamp Out Hunger day.
Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993.
In 2012, generous Americans donated more than 70 million pounds of food, which marked the ninth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected.
On Saturday, May 11, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will deliver for America in conducting the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
“Together, we are continuing to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in need,” said Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.
“The Postal Service is proud to play a major role with our carriers, corporate partners and local community organizations to help stamp out hunger.”
The nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations, such as pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
Minnesotans are encouraged to participate by placing non-perishable food items in bags, and leaving them by their mailbox before mail delivery on May 11. All the food collected will go to local community food banks and pantries.
Examples of non-perishable items include: peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal), pasta and rice. Do not donate items that have expired or are in glass containers.
The food drive is part of a nationwide drive designed to fill food bank pantries through the summer months, when levels are traditionally low.
The effort by the USPS, members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Rural Letter Carriers and other volunteers is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
“The Postal Service is proud to play a major role with our carriers, corporate partners, and local community organizations to help stamp out hunger,” said USPS Northland District Manager Anthony C. Williams.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/stampouthunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/stampouthunger.