On Saturday, May 14 (THIS SATURDAY!!!), Delaware letter carriers will again help Stamp Out Hunger in order to provide food assistance to Delawareans who depend on the Food Bank of Delaware’s network of hunger-relief partners for support.
To help Stamp Out Hunger, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, pasta and more next to the mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Local and rural letter carriers will be collecting donations from homes across the state and delivering them to the Food Bank of Delaware.
Volunteers are also needed to help unload at several area post offices on Saturday. To see a list of available opportunities, please click here.
Now in its 19th year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2011, drive organizers hope to exceed last year’s record-setting total of 77.1 million pounds of donated food, as well as surpass one billion pounds of food collected over the history of the drive.
Last year, letter carriers in Delaware collected more than 77,000 pounds of food, but with hunger impacting many more Delawareans – including working families, children and the elderly – help is needed now more than ever before.
“The Food Bank of Delaware is serving nearly one in four Delawareans each year,” said Patricia Beebe, our President & CEO. “With skyrocketing gas and food prices, thousands of families in the First State continue to struggle to make ends meet. While demand for services has increased, food drive donations have not. This year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive will help us get much-needed relief to families.”
The need for food assistance across America has never been greater. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, the number of Americans living in a food insecure home surpassed 50 million in 2009 (the most recent year that such data is available). Perhaps most alarming is that approximately one-third of those at risk of hunger are children (17.2 million).
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger effort visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.