Support Stamp Out Hunger: Leave Food Donations by Your Mailbox Today!

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Team up with your letter carrier to help Stamp Out Hunger! Donating to this food drive is so easy! 

girls donating food to a letter carrier

Participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11th!

Today, May 11th, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is holding its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive where the country’s letter carriers will collect non-perishable food as they deliver the mail.

To participate, just leave non-perishable food items near your mailbox. All food donations will stay in the local community, going directly to nearby food banks, pantries, shelters, and churches.

Postal Worker with Food Donations for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Donating to this nationwide food drive is SO simple!

Your donations will help provide assistance to more than 10,000 food agencies, and the need for donations is greater than ever. Fortunately, your mail carrier will make it easy to participate!

Postal customers can simply leave donations next to their mailbox today, May 11th only, before their regular mail delivery and your mail carrier will do the rest!

The NALC is seeking non-perishable foods such as canned soups, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice, and/or cereal. People are encouraged to put their donations in a sturdy bag for pick-up.

hand holding a bag filled with food donations next to a mail box for the stamp out hunger food drive

About the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive…

First held in 1983, Stamp Out Hunger is the country’s largest one-day food drive. In the 30 years since it began, this food drive has collected nearly two billion pounds of food. Stamp Out Hunger feeds millions of Americans every year!

Stamp Out Hunger is held annually on the second Saturday of May in thousands of cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

postal worker standing behind a mail carrying truck full of stamp out hunger food drive donations

The timing of the Stamp Out Hunger event is intentional, as food banks, pantries, and shelters often run low on donations following the winter holidays. With summer approaching, many school meal programs will soon pause as well.

To learn more about the NALC in your area, you can ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, or visit the food drive’s website, Stamp Out Hunger Facebook page, or Stamp Out Hunger Twitter account.


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Comments 18

  1. Samantha

    Please do not forget food for pets!It’s greatly appreciated by those in need with cats and dogs to feed.

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks SO much for mentioning the food for pets, Samantha! So very helpful! πŸ€— πŸ₯°

    • cindylouwhooo

      Love that. You may be just like me – I am always donating to animal shelters whether it be blankets, food, detergent, toys, treats or litter. It’s things like detergent or pet beds etc that you do not necessarily think about. The shelters more than appreciate allowing the pets to live clean and in comfort while they use their finances where necessary

  2. MH

    It worked! Thanks! Such an easy way to donate food. Yay!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! You’re welcome, MH! Happy to hear that you were able to make a donation and found it so easy! πŸ₯°

  3. Danette

    Remember-no glass jars.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for mentioning this helpful reminder, Danette. πŸ€—

  4. Marni

    Thank you for this reminder!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Marni! ❀️

  5. Monique

    I have diapers that I got for free thanks to you guys and pads also thanks to you guys can I donate stuff like that does anyone know?

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So awesome to hear about the freebies you’ve scored, Monique! πŸ₯° I found this in their FAQ – “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.” You might call your nearest post office that delivers your mail to ensure that the personal care items can be accepted near you. πŸ’ž

      • Monique

        Hi πŸ‘‹ Jessica thanks for coming to the rescue again and going out of your way to research that for me! You’re the freakin best!!! I live in Vegas it’s a hard city with a lot of hardship so i definitely want to help if I can I’ll ask my post man πŸ™‚ have a great day and thanks for being amazing!!

        • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

          Aww, Monique! Your sweet comment sure made my day! ❀️ Happy to help out any time! πŸ₯°πŸ₯° So thoughtful of you to consider those additional items for donations – I’m sure they’ll be very much appreciated, if allowed by USPS. Have a great Friday!

  6. P m kollpainter

    My mail carrier did not leave a card. Can I still donate? Will he take my donation?

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! You can leave your donation of non-perishable food in a bag near your mailbox and your letter carrier will do the rest. ❀️

  7. Fran

    It’s supposed to rain all day, can I drop off at the local post office?

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there, Fran! I’m not finding any details about dropping off at your local post office. You might try contacting them or check this link to find a food bank in your area where you can drop off your donation. Hoping this is helpful! πŸ’•

    • Dara

      Fran, I live in an apartment building
      with attached mailboxes downstairs. So
      every year I drop my bag off at the post
      office. I live in Southern California, and
      I can’t speak for other areas. But all my
      local post offices have a designated area
      for donation drop-offs. Hope that helps!

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