By Natosha Bratcher, Communications Intern
This Saturday, Delaware letter carriers will again Stamp Out Hunger in order to provide food assistance to Delawareans who rely on our network of hunger-relief partners for support!
To help Stamp Out Hunger, simply leave a bag containing non-perishable foods next to the mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Postal customers will receive a special Stamp Out Hunger plastic bag in their mailbox a few days prior to the drive to collect and store their items.
Now in its 22nd year, Stamp Out Hunger effort is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. Last year, letter carriers in Delaware collected more than 270,000 pounds of food for Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table.
“This annual food drive is not only very important to our organization, but also our hunger-relief partners across the state,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “This food drive allows us to stock the shelves of our partners just in time for the critical summer months, when we see more of a food shortage due to school being out of session. Last year, Delawareans went above and beyond with their support of this project. We had so many donations that we had trouble finding enough people to help unload postal trucks. We hope this year will be even better.”
The Food Bank of Delaware’s most needed food items include:
• Tuna fish
• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Peanut butter
• Macaroni and cheese
• Canned soups
• Canned meats
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger effort visit http://www.helpstampouthunger.com. Volunteer shifts are still available at local post offices. To learn more or sign up, visit http://www.fbd.volunteerhub.com and scroll to shifts available on May 10.