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Help Second Harvest with Food Donations

Second Harvest Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers locally have joined forces for the 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger! Food Drive May 9-15.
Donations of non-perishable food items left next to mailboxes for Second Harvest Food Bank will be collected during this week.

Specially marked food drive bags were delivered in mailboxes the week of May 4. If you didn’t get one, a sturdy bag could be used to donate non-perishable food such as peanut butter, soups and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, tuna fish, chili, cereals, beans, rice, or pasta next to your mailbox prior to regular mail May 9.

Donations will be delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to families in need. Bagged food donations may also be dropped off at local post offices until Friday, May 15. Monetary donations can be made by visiting the Second Harvest Food Bank website, www.no-hunger.org.

“In Louisiana, one in six households is at risk of hunger,” said Natalie Jayroe, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “School will be letting out for summer break soon and many children will be without the free and reduced price breakfast and lunch they rely on during the school year. Second Harvest Food Bank will soon start to see an increase in need as families will have to stretch an already strained food budget further to provide children with meals during the summer.”

The Stamp Out Hunger! Food Drive is the largest food drive of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank.

In 2014, letter carriers collected just over 110,524 pounds of food in the Greater New Orleans area – the equivalent of 92,103 meals locally, which was a decrease from 2013’s record-setting 232,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of 193,600 meals locally. Since the food drive began nationally, the Letter Carriers Association has collected more than 1.2 billion pounds of food.

Second Harvest Food Bank, an affiliated ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, provides food provides food to 474 partners and programs across 23 parishes from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line, advocacy, education and disaster response. It is the largest charitable anti-hunger network in the state.

Visit www.no-hunger.org,  Facebook at www.Facebook.com/2ndHarvestGNOA or Instagram at @2ndHarvest GNOA.

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