Local letter carriers collected non-perishable food items, such as cereal, pasta and rice, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
To participate, all folks had to do was leave the food items in a bag by (or in) the mailbox, and the letter carriers picked them up.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a national event. More than 10,000 cities and towns across the nation participated in raising national awareness about the ongoing problem of hunger in every community. This is the largest one-day food drive in America and is always held on the second Saturday in May to prepare food pantries for the summer months.
Last year in Southern Nevada, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected more than 200,000 pounds of food, which was then distributed to about a dozen local food pantries. Nationally, individuals donated more than 72 million pounds of food in 2014, which marked the eleventh consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected.
“The need in Southern Nevada is real. We see it everyday while on our mail routes,” said Glenn Norton, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 2502, representing Las Vegas. “We urge the community to simply put a few food items out by their mailbox on Saturday, May 9 and we’ll make sure those items get to a local food pantry. Together we can make a big difference.”
DID YOU KNOW?
- 1 in 7 Americans need food assistance
- 12 million children and 7 million seniors go hungry every day
- 69% of Americans have to choose between paying for utilities and food
- 57% have to choose between paying for housing and food
(Source: Feeding America – Hunger in America 2014 Key Findings)
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