Stamp Out Hunger food drive set for May 14
On May 14, Second Harvest Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers will host the largest food drive of the year – the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Letter carriers across the Greater New Orleans area will pick up donations of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank from mailboxes in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes, parts of the northshore and Thibodaux.
Letter carriers will deliver food collection bags in mailboxes the week of May 9. Residents are asked to fill the bags or any sturdy bag with non-perishable food such as peanut butter, soups or stews, canned fruits or vegetables, canned meats, tuna fish, chili, cereals, beans, rice or pasta.
Filled donation bags should be placed next to the mailbox prior to regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 14, when local letter carriers will pick up donations and deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to families in need. Monetary donations can be made at Second Harvest Food Bank’s website, www.no-hunger.org.
“A successful food drive is particularly critical this year as we work to restock the shelves from our recent disaster response efforts,” said Natalie Jayroe, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “The food donations we collect also help us meet the increased need for food assistance in the summer months when children are without the free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch they rely on during the school year. Many families have to stretch an already strained food budget even 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. In 2015, the letter carriers collected just more than 194,887 pounds of food in the Greater New Orleans area – the equivalent of more than 97,500 meals locally. In 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers collected 71 million pounds of food nationwide for a cumulative total of 1.4 billion pounds over the history of the drive.
For details on Stamp Out Hunger, visit www.nohunger.org or call 734-1322.