‘Stamp out hunger’ this Saturday

Beth Sergent

May 5, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — This Saturday, residents in Point Pleasant have a chance to “Stamp Out Hunger” without even leaving their homes.

Saturday, May 10 is the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive day where employees with the United States Postal Service pick up nonperishable food items left by mailboxes. These items are then collected and delivered to local food pantries and in Point Pleasant, all items picked up this Saturday will be donated to the emergency food pantry located in the basement of the Presbyterian Church.

Helping kickoff the drive a little early this week was Mayor Brian Billings who made a food donation to local USPS Carrier Mark Georgi.

According to the USPS, every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 20 years.

Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved. USPS and Campbell Soup Company are major supporters. Campbell Soup earmarked an additional 1 million pounds of canned food to the drive. Other supporters are AARP, Feeding America, Publix, Valassis/Red Plum, Cox Target Media and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, which promotes the drive on 40 million packets delivered to postal customers.

The drive also relies on the backing of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the Feeding America food bank network, the United Way of America and its local United Ways, the AFL-CIO Community Services network, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage and countless local sponsors.

Again, to donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest.