It always feels good to donate to a worthy cause. It’s even better when a cause is easy to participate in, and it doesn’t get much simpler than the Stamp Out Hunger! food drive. The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers is in its twentieth year, and May 12 provides anyone with a mailbox the chance to give back and fight hunger in the United States.
The Stamp Out Hunger! website explains the complicated steps for participating in the food drive:
1. Collect and bag non-perishable food items
2. Place by mailbox for letter carrier to deliver to a local food bank or pantry
Non-perishables are described as any canned product – meat, fish, vegetables, and of course soup – plus dried goods like pasta, cereal, and rice. In short, nothing that requires refrigeration or is in a breakable glass bottle. (And nothing expired, naturally.)
And that’s it! Doing a good deed is that simple, and it’s vitally important. The issue of hunger in the United States is still a huge one – millions of people rely on assistance programs like food banks, WIC, and SNAP, and it always seems like there’s another budget cut looming on the horizon for every advancement. The Stamp Out Hunger! Facebook page notes that, while the program raised 70.2 million pounds of food last year alone (and has raised more than a billion pounds of food overall since the drive was started twenty years ago), the need for donations is as great as ever.
“According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual study measuring food security in the United States,” the site states, “nearly 50 million Americans are living in food insecure homes.” So grab some cans and boxes, look out for your friendly neighborhood postal worker, and help drive those numbers down.
[SOURCE: Stamp Out Hunger!]