Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive is Saturday, May 11
On Saturday, May 11, the U.S. Postal Service Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive will take place.
This is the day when letter carriers and volunteers in more than 10,000 cities and towns around the country, including here in the Quad Cities, will collect food donations left out for them at the mailbox.
It’s easy to donate — just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. He or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.
The post office said that a good rule of thumb is to have the bags by your mailbox by 9 a.m. Food collected will go to pantries, soup kitchens, senior sites and youth serving sites providing emergency food assistance to hungry neighbors within Prescott-area communities.
The top requested nonperishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100 percent juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry).
The food drive does not accept frozen food, homemade food or home-canned items, nor items that have expired or are in glass containers. The Stamp Out Hunger drive in 2018 collected 71 million pounds nationwide, with the 2017 effort (75 million) being the third-highest total in the event’s history.