Cumberland Times-News

May 9, 2013

Fight hunger

Postal workers lead non-perishable food drive


Cumberland Times-News

— Many of us try to do our part in helping food banks during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. But hunger is a year-round problem for millions of Americans.

On Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers will team up with Campbell Soup Company in a nationwide drive to collect food donations. The effort is called Stamp Out Hunger.

Postal Service customers can put non-perishable food items in bags that can be placed by the mailbox. The letter carriers will collect the food donations as they make their rounds Saturday.

Overall, 175,000 letter carriers will participate in the drive, now in its 21st year. The effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and has collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993.

 Campbell Soup Company will kick off this year’s food drive with a pledge to donate one million pounds of food to Feeding America member food banks.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, more than 50 million Americans, including nearly 17 million children, are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger.

Examples of food that can be donated include:

• Peanut butter

• Canned soup

• Canned meats and fish

• Canned vegetables, fruits and juices

• Boxed goods (such as cereal)

• Pasta and rice

If you can, place a few items of food in a bag by your mailbox Saturday. Collectively, our donations can help many Americans who literally do not know how they will be getting their next meal.