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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11th: Donate Your Non-Perishable Food Items

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If you were able to eat a healthy breakfast this morning or make a nourishing dinner for your family last night, you are very fortunate as 1 out of every 6 Americans struggles with hunger. But here’s your chance to help! Tomorrow, May 11th, the National Association of Letter Carriers is calling everyone to help “Stamp Out Hunger” with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and will help feed millions of families in all 50 states!

This is a perfect time for you to go through your stockpile and donate as many non-perishable and unexpired food items as possible to support this cause!  SO…grab your cans of soup, non-glass bottles of Juice, canned fruits and veggies, bags of pasta, cake & brownie mixes, etc. and place all these items in a bag.  Then be sure to leave them at your mailbox this Saturday, May 11th as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Your letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to local food banks or pantries.

Let’s help make it a success by clearing off our shelves for those in need…I guarantee that you will be able to re-stock those shelves at little to no cost with all the great deals we’re sure to score in the next few months. Are you with me?! :)

(Thanks, Theresa and Family Savings!)

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  • Em says:

    Peanut butter is an EXCELLENT thing to donate!

  • Lisa K. says:

    I’ve already got one bag full and starting a 2nd one. I think stamp out hunger is a great event and I like to support it every year. Thanks for helping me find deals that let me give so generously. :)

  • Tricia says:

    It’s funny, even though we are in the same boat of not having enough food to last until we can shop again, I feel more upset that I can’t donate anything to help others more than I am sad about our situation. Guess that just means I have a good heart….but I still can’t help but feel guilty :/ But I do have to put my 4 yr old first.

    On another note, how do you know people won’t steal the bags by the mailboxes before the mailman comes?! I wouldn’t doubt it would happen…sadly.

    • Myrah says:

      I was just about to comment on that. I used to donate to the stamp out hunger drive until 5 years ago. My husband and I were working on our front yard when a mini van stopped, 2 people got out and picked up our donations. They then did it to our neighbors as well. I got suspicious because I have been donating for years and never once had I had a “mini van” pick up our donations. I called the 800 number for the post office who transferred me to the local office. I actually had a supervisor stop by my house to conduct an investigation because someone actually stole our donation and everyone else’s on my block. It’s a shame but that was the last time I did the stamp out hunger drive. I now donate to my church and my son’s school when they have a food drive.

      • Megan says:

        You can always take the bag to your local post office. Yes, that means you’ll have to drive your donation there, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your donation will actually make it to its intended destination. I don’t feel comfortable setting the donation out by the mailbox because we’ve had a lot of mail and package theft recently in my neighborhood. I’ll be taking my bag to the post office.

      • Tricia says:

        Oh wow!! That’s exactly what I figured might happen! That’s horrible! I mean I know people are desperate but they can go to the food bank they don’t have to steal it all!

      • Karen says:

        a few years ago on this food drive i had put out a big bag of goods and noticed the food was gone way before we received our mail. i was so upset that someone had taken our donations. I left a note in the mailbox telling them what happened and that i would make a donation to the food bank. the postal carrier came to the door the next monday and said that they had volunteers in unmarked cars helping to pick up the pkgs and to not worry.

    • lisa says:

      I also can’t afford food, but I am all alone. You have a family. There are people who are homeless or facing illness. Try to stay positive. If you can’t donate, you can volunteer. That will really help too. And having a good heart goes very far.

      • Tricia says:

        Sadly I can’t volunteer either unless I can do it from home. We have one car my husband uses and I can’t drive right now because of an illness. But I will be praying for you and your situation! It’s not easy on anyone, single or not…but it is more upsetting when you have a young child. So many of us are going through this and I am praying for all of us :)

      • holly says:

        I am actually glad that i am able to shop and buy an abundance of things when they go on sale. My in laws are really into the community and know when someone has a fire or is just down on their luck. That is when the deals and over abundance comes in handy. We always make packages up for people who need them. Lisa, if I knew you were close to me I would be more than glad to help you. The deals here on hip2save thanks too collin always help me save that little extra to help someone later.

        • Tricia says:

          Collin is awesome!! I do the freebies because even the deals that cost something I can’t afford which stinks because I stare at them like “oh it’s just $1.50 down from $5” but even that $1.50 is hard to come by. I wish I had a huge stockpile to help others with. Maybe someday :) Holly it’s so sweet of you to offer to help Lisa if you could. You have a wonderful heart and I’m glad you have that abundance to help others with :)

        • lisa says:

          Yes. I agree. I am grateful for what I do get and try to give to others to. I try to be creative and do the best I can…. Everyone struggles…

  • jiya says:

    A huge thanks to u Collin!! I came to knew about this great cause of donation & with your help I am able to donate lot of stuff without going out of budget. I had purchased lot of coffee & cereals.

  • Jodi says:

    Thanks for this reminder. I love your deals that include free shipping and bring items straight to my door. This is the reverse! How easy to donate without having to drive anywhere!

  • Janey says:

    Thanks for letting us know! I feel like an idiot…. my mail carrier left a plastic shopping bag in my mailbox, but I had no idea why. I thought it was because we had some heavy downpours. So… i left it for him the next day, as we were expecting more rain! Ha… I wish they had left some literature with the bag so I knew. I’ll be sure to fill a bag with food & leave it for pick up :)

  • mabel says:

    I live in NC and got a bag in my mailbox yesterday to fill for this cause. I filled it from my stockpile as soon as i walked in the door and now it’s sitting in my living room ready to be put out tomorrow morning :)! We leave on vacation bright and early and wanted to make sure that I don’t forget to put it out in the rush. Such a great cause!!!

  • Cindy says:

    I love this idea! I’m almost done with the first bag and working on the second. It’s also good if you have unexpired items that you bought that you thought you were going to use but are not going to end up using them, or for things that you’ve stockpiled and have too many of. :) Thanks for creating a reminder/awareness, Collin!

  • Amber says:

    I saw a sign at my local post office a couple days ago and have my box ready to go. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Deana says:

    To those that fear someone will steal your donation left at the mailbox…even if someone was to steal the food, someone who needs it will indeed eat it. You’re not doing this for points or prizes with the post office. Also, you cleared your home of extra food you or your family make not need or like or just have too much of. We used to live in a high crime area. They stole everything and anything we left outside. We turned this into a positive because when it came time to clean out closets, dressers, cabinets, whatever, we would just bag up the stuff and leave it out on the wall in front of my house which was also a bus stop. It was always gone in 15 minutes or less.

    • Myrah says:

      I want to say that I wish that was true. I know from experience that people who steal are not necessarily needy. For example last year after Hurricane Sandy, I volunteered to give out necessities for those who were in desperate need. I handed out flashlights and batteries and blankets etc. There was 1 person who kept coming back and all the volunteers wondered why. We later found out that he owned a hardware store in the neighborhood and he took anything that we were handing out for free and when we were out of supplies, he sold them at double the price he would normally charge. We had no power, hot water, many people had destroyed houses and this guy wanted to make an extra buck. I’m sorry to be such a downer but unfortunately, this is the world we live in. I will take Megan’s suggestion though and bring my donation to the post office tomorrow. At least that way, I know that the food will go to families who need it and not to some corner Bodega who will sell the food for a profit.

    • Laura says:

      I agree Deana. We are responsible to help those in need, if we are able. God will judge those who are stealing.

  • tracy says:

    i love doing this. I first heard of it last year and was so excited I got around 7 bags to give. this year I have more! I love doing it. and today I just bought some stuff that I had for free items to give like tuna and peanut butter and that rice dream. its a great cause

    also I was wondering I was going through my pantry and have things that are good for the end of last month. it is like the hamburger helper meals. if things like that are “best by” is it alright to give?

    • Tia says:

      If it’s something you would eat, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with donating it.

    • Megan says:

      This comes straight from the Stamp Out Hunger website,
      “†Donate items like canned meats, fish, soup, bottled juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration. Please do not include items that have expired or are in glass containers.”

      Hope this helps!

    • Cindy says:

      Even though I’m sure the items are still fine to eat (as I would if I were in your situation), they probably have liability issues and they won’t accept it.

    • Karen says:

      there was an article in the local paper here today about the food drive. they said they get an awful lot of expired food…some 5 years past the date! i cant believe people would do that! it also said that peanut butter and canned tuna were 2 of the most needed types of items being protein and well loved.

  • jw says:

    Thanks so much for the reminder! I have a bag ready but had forgotten it is TOMORROW! Putting it by the door right now!

  • lovedeals says:

    Can we donate baby food?

  • Toni says:

    I have a big shopping filled and sitting by my front door, Thanks for the reminder. so I won’t forget to put it out in the morning.

  • Monica says:

    I have 22 bags of 6+ cans each ready to go tomorrow-over 132 cans which will help our community. Our food pantry was flooded last month here in Central Indiana and a lot of local families need help. We try to give 4 bags of food to our church center too each week. We have 4 children and I each carry in a bag to donate.
    Our letter carrier has volunteers who pick up the donations in a van behind her mail truck.

  • Vanessa Hudson says:

    I read your blog and then checked my mail…recieved a postcard asking to donate.. I have a bag full at teh curb…I also posted on my facebook for my friend to donate!

  • Laura says:

    I have a lot of formula. I got it for free when I was pregnant, but I breastfeed so I don’t need it. Will they take it??

    • Sarah says:

      Yes! Our local women’s shelter is always in need of formula too so maybe there is something like that near you.

  • samanthahallada says:

    I got the bag in my mailbox the other day and filled er’ up the same day! Thank goodness for reminding me, otherwise it would have sat on my counter!!
    I am just hoping they pick it up soon since it is raining here and I don’t want the stuff to get soggy. I wrapped her up pretty tight with an extra bag though!

  • lisa says:

    While I put mines out just morning, got back home the bag was still there. The mail person didn’t pick up my bag. Maybe next time

  • LeaAnn says:

    I have made the decision to not participate in this particular drive because not only do I live in a high theft area but i also live near wooded areas. So leaving things out on my door step or by a mail box is not an option because animals can get into them. However, when I am in a position to donate I give it to my church because they support a local food bank and a transitional housing program that is also local. Thank you collin so much for all that you do so that we can help our families and others in our communities

  • Kristine Sicora says:

    Unfortunately I put the donations out prior to the mail being delivered today and I watched them drive on past without taking the donation bag. It left me feeling disappointed that this great idea didn’t get passed down to our mail carrier.

    Maybe next year in Lino Lakes, MN our postal service will catch on.


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