Last year's drive collected more than 80 million pounds of nonperishable food, and "all food collected stays local", according to a press release. The volunteer effort was a part of the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which collects food for local food banks. "It's community service and we're proud to be able to do it", he said. Monetary donations help with electricity and other operational costs at the nonprofit Food Bank.
In the days leading up to the the drive, carriers delivered special bags that can be used for donations.
If you'd like to donate non-perishable foods on Saturday, May 12th, you can put them by your mailbox in a bag. The hope this year, he said, is to double that. This time of year, most food banks run low on donations received during the holidays.
We ask that you find it in your heart to help the letter carriers.
Reports show 28% of children in Northeast Louisiana don't have enough food, and organizers say your donation could improve their quality of life. It's a chance to donate to your community food bank and help those in need in your immediate area. Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice and beans.