"All the food and money donations that we collect go directly to the Becker County Food Pantry", says postal carrier Amy Aho, who helps organize the local event.
Examples of nonperishable items include peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned vegetables, fruits and juices and boxed goods such as cereal, pasta and rice. "Our goal in Hawai'i is to top last year's totals, but we'll be happy to collect any amount of food".
The food drive is the outgrowth of the National Association of Letter Carriers' tradition of community service. Do not donate items in glass containers or items that have expired. No special bags are needed, but some residents may have previously received a Stamp Out Hunger bag in the mail.
Saturday marks the 25th anniversary for the annual food drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Think about the people we serve. "The Stamp Out Hunger food drive makes a significant impact in feeding the hungry in the Quad Cities", says Scott Crane, President of United Way of the Quad Cities Area. Almost 20 percent of children nationwide are lacking access to food. "These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Union County who need help", said Alexis Alexander, executive director of the United Way of Union County. If you can donate 2 or 3 cans or boxes of food, that's even better. "And more than five million seniors are food insecure", Bottegal said.
Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food.
Volunteers will be unloading the food donations collected by postal carriers at the U.S. Post Office in La Costa.
"Our food drive's timing is crucial", said Alexander. The crew at Ridgefield's post office is hoping to improve upon last year's results - which were a little disappointing.