Leave Food Donations for Your Letter Carrier Today To Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

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Team up with your letter carrier to help Stamp Out Hunger! 

girls donating food to a letter carrier

Participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive today!

On May 14th, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is holding its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive where the country’s 200,000+ letter carriers will collect non-perishable food as they deliver the mail.

To participate, residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable food near their mailboxes. All food donations will stay in the local community, going directly to nearby food banks, pantries, shelters, and churches.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive postcard & bag

Donating to Stamp Out Hunger is SO simple!

Stamp Out Hunger took a two-year hiatus due to COVID, so the need for donations is now greater than ever. If you’d like to get involved, your letter carrier will make it easy to donate food to those in need!

Postal customers can simply leave donations next to their mailbox today, Saturday, May 14th only, before their regular mail delivery. 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.

postal worker collecting food donations in mail truck

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 about 1.82 billion pounds of food. Stamp Out Hunger feeds millions of Americans per year!

Stamp Out Hunger is held annually on the second Saturday of May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

The timing of this 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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Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 3 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.


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Comments 15

  1. Colorado Amy

    Thank you for posting stuff like this, even though it’s not exactly a “deal”. If I didn’t see posts like this, I would probably miss out. I’ve marked my calendar to put food out for the mail carrier Saturday morning, May 14. H2S is awesome!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re SO very welcome! Thank you for the sweet feedback! ❀️

    • Monique

      Same

  2. April

    Yes! Thank you. I knew it was coming but wasn’t sure which day. I appreciate the info.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, April! πŸ’ž Glad this was helpful!

  3. ToriSC

    Thanks for the reminder. Time to clean out the cupboards of stuff I bough but am not eating. Just remember to donate only items with a nonexpired date – otherwise the food bank is required to throw it out (even if it’s still ok).

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! Thanks so much for the helpful tip!

    • Lora

      Some churches by us take food up to 1 year after expiration. It’s not wasted.

  4. Pamela

    Thank you guys for the reminder! Thanks for all the good you do all year long. You help me to save money and then I can help others.πŸ₯°

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How sweet! You’re welcome, Pamela! Thank YOU for the kind words! πŸ’ž

  5. Justina

    yes! got the postcard on wed, we went thru cabinets thurs and more today, we’ve had some eating changes lately

  6. csmith82

    I’m wondering if this will work in apartment complexes?

  7. SoCalLemon

    Oh, shoot I totally forgot about this! What a great reminder…you guys are fantastic! Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. NOw

    I left 2 bags by my mailbox and it was not collected today. This happened last time as well and they picked it up Monday instead. Hopefully that’s the same case this year.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      That has happened to me before. I think the mail carrier’s truck is too full so they come back on the next business day.😁

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