Letter carriers, volunteers to collect food during annual nationwide food drive
May 14, 2016 – Join YCAP and your letter carrier on May 14 to Stamp Out Hunger. Sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country. All donated food stays in the community where it was collected.
Anyone can take part. Simply collect nonperishable food items and leave them in a bag near the mailbox on May 14. A letter carrier or volunteer will pick up the donation and ensure it gets to YCAP. The goal is to raise 1.3 million pounds in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.
Most “Wanted” Foods Include:
- Shelf-stable milk
- High protein food such as canned meats and canned or dried beans
- Nutrient rich foods, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sugar/sodium)
- Whole-grain items such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole wheat pasta
- Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium/fat)
- 100% fruit or vegetable juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
- Unsaturated cooking oils
Rusty or unlabeled cans, glass containers, perishable items, homemade items, noncommercial packaged items, alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda, open or used items.
Donations not picked up by letter carriers can be dropped off at any post office by Wednesday, May 18.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks nationwide. Along with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the National Association of Letter Carriers has collected over one billion pounds of food nationally since the drive’s inception.
The food drive is made possible by your local letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, Wells Fargo and many volunteers and community organizations.
About the Oregon Food Bank Network
Oregon Food Bank Network is made up of a network of 21 regional food banks. The Oregon Food Bank Network helps nearly one in five households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank Network leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems. For more information visit oregonfoodbank.org