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Help America’s letter carriers stamp out hunger on May 10



Published: Fri, April 18, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Help America’s letter carriers stamp out hunger on May 10

Saturday, May 10, will mark the 22nd anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving: the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many, hunger.

So each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect nonperishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries and churches to provide food to people in the Youngstown/Warren areas who need our help.

Last year we collected over 74 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of its 21-year history, the drive has collected 1 billion pounds of food.

The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans — 1 in 6 — are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many living on fixed incomes, often too embarrassed to ask for help.

Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on May 10, and your letter carrier will do the rest.

I invite you to join in America’s great day of giving and help us in our fight to end hunger.

Ron Ruchtie, Austintown


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