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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: Donate Your Non-Perishable Food Items TOMORROW

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Did you eat a healthy breakfast this morning? If so, you are very fortunate as one out of every six Americans struggles with hunger. But here’s your chance to help! 🙂 Tomorrow, May 14th, 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!

Stamp Out HungerThis 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 tomorrow 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.

Pay it forwardAlso, this year, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will accept online food donations for hunger organizations in San Francisco, New York City and Greenwich, CT anytime in May. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

* Go here and select the city/area you want to support
* Pick out and purchase the food you want to buy
* The food will be delivered for you at the end of the Stamp Out Hunger drive
* You’ll get a tax receipt for your donation

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  1. K

    They used to put a reminder in the mail about this. Did they stop doing that? I always like to give, but I have to shop for it, due to not keeping a lot of boxed/canned things due to my restrictive diet.

    • Darcie

      I got a mailer about it

    • Brittany

      I got a plastic grocery sack in my mailbox this week. Probably would have thought it was trash if I had not already read about the program.

    • Heart❤️

      We got a plastic bag in our mailbox as a reminder. Love helping out with what I can every year.

      • K

        Thanks all! I really wish I would have received the notice! My mail carrier is horrible though, so who knows where half the stuff goes??!!

        • Katie

          Just so you know it’s not always the carrier. There wasn’t enough printed. It’s the postal union that actually does this, not the post office.

  2. Marni

    Thanks for the reminder, Collin!!!

    • ambership

      You’re welcome!

  3. Sf

    I got a reminder post card a few days ago and then I got a plastic bag the next day.

  4. Nikole

    I have a bag and a box full will they still take it?

    • Cindy

      According to the usps fb page, they’ll take any amount of food you put out by your mailbox.

  5. Rebecca

    Got a bag today, thanks for the reminder to get it ready! A couple years ago our bag was stolen off our mailbox….not even a bad neighborhood! Regardless, still worth trying.

    • ambership

      Oh darn! Sorry to hear that Rebecca! Glad you can get a bag together again this year! YW!

    • TreeHuggingCouponer

      I’ve had the same issue, I put a huge box of food items and someone stole it. This year I wrote a note for the mailman telling him the box was by my door. I also set a package pick up for tomorrow so he has to come by the door anyways. 😛

    • Cristen

      That’s awful. Not that theft is ever ok. But, take heart. Maybe those who stole it needed it.

  6. irene

    We normally get the postcard and bag, but this time, nothing. Is our mail carrier holding back on us?

  7. Donor

    Hi does anyone know if they’ll take sample sized items as well such as toothpaste and sample food items?

    • Bobbie

      I assume sample sizes would be ok, as long as the food items otherwise fit the category. As far as toothpaste I found this on their website:

      “Can I donate toiletries or other personal care items, too?

      The Food Drive is primarily, well, a food drive, but if you also want to give personal care items (such as diapers, laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper and household cleaning items) in addition to your regular donation, food banks may be able to distribute or put them to good use with organizations that also provide help to those in need. Please note that not all food banks will be able to accept these items.”

  8. stacey

    Hi world! I’m a mail carrier, and as I can’t speak for everyone i will say that sometimes they don’t give us enough bags, and fliers for all of our boxes, although that shouldnt be the case for most. Also if you see someone picking it up not in mail truck don’t worry, we have lots of volunteers that drive around picking up stuff on the ground and boxes and things. Also if you have a lot of things you may consider dropping it off at your local post office, I alone has 600 boxes on my route, can you imagine how full my truck is by the end of the day 😀 thanks in advance to all who donate!

  9. Monica

    Volunteers prepare the bags. My daughter helped assemble them and pack them up at a local food pantry then dropped them off at our post office to put into mailboxes.

  10. j

    In previous years people stated they dropped off donations at local post office if they found it more convenient. You may want to call and ask.

  11. Monica

    And as Stacey said in some areas other volunteers drive separately behind or apart from the mail trucks and collect the bags in vans.

  12. Christine

    My husband is a mail carrier and they only get a limited number of postcards & bags – so the carrier has to pick & choose which neighborhood they will give those to.

    You can leave your food anywhere the mailman will find it and they will take it in any form – bags, boxes, cans, whatever. My husband has some people who leave the food IN their box because they’re afraid it will get stolen.

    If worse comes to worse, you can always drop it off at your local post office.

  13. Jodi

    Thanks for the reminder Collin. I didn’t get a postcard this year, but knew it was coming up soon.

    • ambership

      You’re welcome Jodi!

  14. Cindy

    I have two paper grocery sacks full but need to figure best way to protect everything from tomorrow’s thunderstorms.

    We received a reminder post card about a week ago.

    • Kat

      Place it in trash bags and put a note saying its stamp out hunger?

  15. Marilynn

    The church I attend is one of the recipients of this food drive. We serve 80 to 90 families per month in a monthly food pantry giveaway. Tomorrow we will have people picking up this food wherever it is the postmen take it, and church volunteers will spend hours sorting it for ease in distribution, and putting it away in the storage area.
    The comments about not wanting to put it out in fear of having it stolen made me think, so what if someone did? If they need that can of soup or peas or peanut butter, then may they fill their belly and not be hungry for a day or two. Of course some steal just to be mean, but just maybe some steal because they are hungry.

    • Bobbie

      I was thinking the same thing, if someone steals food, likelihood is they must have needed it.

    • Krista

      LOVE your response about someone possibly stealing, Marilynn!!! You have a lovely heart.

    • Rebecca

      I commented earlier about ours previously being stolen. As I noted, we do still participate though. My gripe is that in my neighborhood, it was most likely kids/people being mean. I would like to think that whoever took it did in fact need it, I can absolutely understand that. It’s the other option that makes me angry.

  16. Jessica

    We received a large paper bag in our mail yesterday.

  17. Becky

    I am a mail carrier, i ran out of post cards but was able to get more to put in the rest of my boxes today. We do not give out bags. Last year it rained, if you do plastic bags please double bag them. I have had a few rip. If it might rain, put another grocery bag overtop so water wont get in the bag. As i noticed in the comments above, we have lots of volunteers that go around picking up items they see. Those volunteers (cant say for other offices though) have thank yous to place in the box so you know they got it. We really do appreciate the donations!

  18. Bobbie

    For those of you considering donating baby food:

    “Can I donate baby food, too?

    Please do not donate any form of individual baby food products (including formula, jarred vegetables and fruits, meals, snacks, infant cereal). Baby food may be donated by the case or pallet, but single item donations present potential contamination risks and special handling requirements.”

  19. Cristen

    Thanks for the reminder! I had my bag of goods on the counter and I would have totally forgotten to take it out.

    • ambership

      You’re so welcome!

  20. Jeannette

    I just finished filling the yellow plastic bag my postal carrier left in our mailbox this week 🙂 Happy to see you promoting this event on your site again this year. Have a great weekend everyone!

  21. SJ

    My bag full is in the mailbox waiting to be picked up tomorrow! Some soup, beef broth, cake mix, Spaghetti-o’s, a box of pasta, and 2 boxes of Thin Mint cookies leftover from Girl Scouts 🙂

    • ambership

      Awesome! 😀

  22. Gina

    My plastic bag says its might be dropped in local Publix?

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