The 21st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Stamp Out Hunger will be Saturday, May 11, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is asking the community to donate food for the drive.
“There is an urgent need for food donations right now,” said Rhonda Chafin, Food Bank executive director. “The Food Bank is providing food to over 39,000 individuals each month and more donations are need to ensure the food bank is able to keep up with the demand.”
The Stamp out Hunger food drive, held each year on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive benefiting food banks in the Feeding America network. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Last year 132,342 pounds of food were collected to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee during Stamp Out Hunger.
To participate in the Stamp out Hunger food drive, postal patrons can leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11.
The nation’s letter carriers, representing nearly 1,500 NALC branches, will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to a local Feeding America food bank or hunger-relief organization located in the communities they serve.
The need for food assistance continues to exist in every community in America, no matter how rich or poor. Feeding America provides food assistance to 37 million Americans every year. In Northeast Tennessee approximately 39,000 are being served each month.
According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans rely on a food bank for food and groceries, and the organization distributes 3 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.