Stamp Out Hunger Drive set for May 12

The 26th annual Letter Carrier Food Drive will be all day on Saturday, May 12.

Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect nonperishable food donations. “These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Libby who need our help.”.

Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 12.

With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including almost 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.

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"If you've seen one hungry child, you've seen one too many", said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers' Food Drive.

While all non-perishable food is welcome, there is a special need for peanut butter, jelly or jam, stew, tuna fish, juices, cereal, hearty soups, canned chicken or pork, hash and other meat-containing foods. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters. This is no small feat, and it is only possible through the generosity of the community's food or cash donors, groups like the Letter Carriers and volunteers at the Food Pantry. Especially during the summer, kids don't have public school lunches, and all the food banks are really short on food right now, " J. Pace, United States Postal Service Letter Carrier, said.

  • Sonia Alvarado