You know that bag of food you’ve been meaning to drop off at the local food pantry? This Saturday, your mail carrier will do the work for you.
May 12 marks the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger, and it couldn’t be easier to participate. Simply put a bag of nonperishable food out with your mail. Your postal worker will collect it on his or her route and deliver it to a local food aid organization.
Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food collection drive, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Last year, carriers picked up 70 million pounds of food.
Each can, each box of spaghetti, each tuna tin is food that’s desperately needed. A 2011 food insecurity study by Feeding America found that nearly 49 million people—including one of every five children—needed emergency food assistance that year.
A food bank is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Presbyterian Church, 101 Orchard Ave., in Lakehurst, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Look for a Stamp Out Hunger bag to arrive in your mailbox very soon, or just put your own bag out on Saturday.