In a research report, it was found that in America alone about 35.5 million people strive for food and among these people 13 million people are children. Hence you can imagine how much people in the whole world strive for food each day. Considering this situation there is no doubt that the best charity that you can do is by providing foods to the needy people around you. If you look around you will find a lot of people in your locality who are hungry and needs your help.
The National Association of Letter Carriers in the United States launched a non-profitable initiative to help the people who are hungry and this initiative is called ‘The Stamp out Hunger Food Drive’. The main objective of this initiative of the National Association of Letter Carriers is to make a huge donation of food to that type of Government as well as the private organization which uses to supply food for the needy people.
When Does the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive happen?
Stamp out hunger food drive is the largest food drive in the US and it is mainly observed on the Second Saturday of every May month. This is actually a one-day program that is occurred in 10,000 cities in the US. This program is usually observed in the month of May since this month a number of food banks use to face a reduction in contribution from the holiday season.
Under this program, every citizen of the US requires to place a bag or box or can of non-perishable food next to the mailbox. Once the people provide the food in the bag or box or can the letter carrier delivers the mail and this program is carried out on every Saturday in the month of May. The letter carrier will then take back the food to the post office. When the food is reached in the post office the letter carrier will separate the food based on certain categories before the deliver the food to the food bank or the food pantry. From the food bank the food will reach all the needy members or families.
How does the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Happen?
On the second Saturday of every May month, all the letter carriers of the US deliver the mail by walking and driving. While traveling through the postal routes the postal carrier use to collect the food from the customers who took part in NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive. This is how the letter carrier uses to collect all the non-perishable food donations from the postal customer. Apart from the food the postal carrier also collects the donation from the valuable customer and once it is collected the donation along with the food is sent to the food bank, food pantries, community as well as shelters.
Who Uses to Contribute or Sponsor the Food Drive?
Various agencies such as National Rural Letter Carrier Association, the Feeding America food bank network, the United Way of America and its local United Ways, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, the AFL-CIO Community Services network, as well as other local sponsors, contributes in the food drive. Apart from that nearly 1500 local NALC branches from every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands also participated in the food drive.
What Kind Of Items Can be Donated As Part Of The Food Drive?
Various kinds of foods such as cereals, dry milk, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned meats and fish, canned soups, canned juices, peanut butter, boxed pasta, canned pasta, boxed instant food, boxed rice, and dried beans can be donated as a part of the food drive. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive makes it clear that whatever the food will be collected should be nonperishable foods in unbreakable containers.
What Are The Accomplishments Of The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive?
The program of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been running successfully and has received many accolades in the last few years. It includes two Presidential Certificates of Achievement. As per the record it is found that in the last two years the program Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has successfully delivered food to more than one billion pounds of contribution to the food community, food bank and food pantries in the US.