March 26 at 2:49pm

Save the Date: Stamp Out Hunger food drive – May 9, 2015

 

Stamp-Out-Hunger-collection-at-Interfaith-Community-Services-300x168On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger. Celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception as a national food drive in 1993. The nation’s 180,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations, such as Interfaith Community Services.

Jerry Morgan, Director of Food and Basic Needs at Interfaith, is optimistic that local collections in Escondido will reach the 75,000-pound level, thanks to the help of the Escondido and Orange Glenn post offices. Bags will be distributed to homes in which customers can leave food on their doorsteps to be collected.

“The ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive is the single most significant food drive that we have every year,” said Morgan. “It is held the second Saturday in May every year, which just so happens to be about the time we start running out of the food we collected during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.”

Customers are encouraged to fill the bags they’re given with non-perishable food items that will be delivered to Interfaith. Last year’s drive brought in 74.4 million pounds of food nationally, bringing the total collected since the drive began to 1.3 billion pounds.

Wonder what items are great to donate to the food drive? Here are a few non-perishable food item ideas:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meals such as soups, chili, pasta
  • 100% juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta sauce
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned protein – tuna, chicken, turkey
  • Beans – canned or dry

For more information about how you can contribute to the 2015 Stamp Out Hunger food drive, contact Interfaith Community Services at 760.489.6380.