The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is encouraging residents in Elmira to help stamp out hunger Saturday, May 11 during the National Association of Letter Carriers national food drive. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to neighbors in need. All donations stay local, going to the Food Bank, community pantries and agencies. Last year, the Food Bank received more than 7,600 pounds of food from Stamp Out Hunger, which equates to more than 6,300 meals.
The timing of Stamp Out Hunger is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter holidays and with summer approaching, when most school meal programs are suspended. Residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mailbox by 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies.
Most needed items are:
– canned fruits and vegetables
– peanut butter
– canned tuna and chicken
– dry pastas
– boxed macaroni and cheese
“This is our 27th year of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ the Stamp Out Hunger food drive event,” says Rodney Stanfield, local chapter president. “And it’s not just the homeless that need the food; it’s the elderly, retirees or the families who have jobs that just don’t pay enough for them to afford the food. All people have to do to help is fill a sturdy bag of non-perishable food and leave it by their mailbox for the letter carrier to pick up and we’ll do what we do what we do best – deliver the food to that food to the local food bank. Your donation might just be helping a neighbor, friend, or even a relative.”
For more information on how to donate, visit www.stampouthungerfooddrive.us