National Association for Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Drive
Granite United Way is proud to promote the 26th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive on Saturday, May 12, 2018.
This is the single largest one-day food drive across the United States of America, and Granite United Way has been supporting this effort for many years across its entire region.
“We are proud to part of this effort each year,” said Val Guy, Granite United Way’s Area Director for Merrimack County. “This single day of collection helps to ensure that access to food is available throughout the communities we serve."
In recent year, more than 80 million pounds of non-perishable food were annually collected across the nation. All food that is collected stays local to that area.
It’s easy to participate! On the second Saturday of May (May 12, 2018), just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual. Your letter carrier might also have helpers. A good rule of thumb is to have the bags by your mailbox by 9:00 a.m.
“This program makes a real difference in our community, and Granite United Way is proud to be part of this effort,” said Laura Boucher, Community Impact and Resource Development Coordinator for Granite United Way. “Each winter our food pantries inventory becomes depleted, and this drive helps to stock the shelves again.”
The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). You also can donate healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil.
Most towns participate in this effort. For more information on your local post office’s participation, call them directly.