Thursday, April 25, 2013 (Salina, Kansas) – Saturday, May 11, 2013, is an important day for the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). It will be the 21st anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive that provides assistance to the millions of Americans who are facing the daily struggle of putting food on their tables.
To kick-off our local event, there will be free doughnuts in the morning and hot dogs in the afternoon of May 10, 2013 at the Salina Post Office at 211 E. Ash. There will also be a live radio broadcast from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to increase awareness of the campaign and encourage participation. Cash and food donations may also be dropped off at the post office during this event. Come and enjoy from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Participation is easy! Sturdy bags will be delivered by mail a couple of days before the event. Simply place unopened, unexpired food items in this bag and next to the mailbox prior to the time of your regular mail delivery on Saturday May 11, 2013. Items such as canned vegetables, canned fruits, soups, pasta, rice or cereal are ideal. To maximize safety for the letter carriers and food recipients, please do not include any glass, opened or expired foods in the bag. Letter carriers and volunteers will collect these food donations and take them to the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank for distribution in Saline County. Food collected from the surrounding areas will remain in those communities.
Although many generous Americans have aided Stamp Out Hunger in previous years, the need for food assistance continues. “When we decided to take our food drive nationwide more than two decades ago, food banks and community service organizations told us that the best time for us to do it would be when people aren’t really thinking about it—to remind people that, sadly, the need for food is year-round,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We do all of this because we know how important it is.”
The NALC National Food Drive is the country’s largest one-day food-collection effort. Last year, more than 70 million pounds of non-perishable food donations were collected nation-wide, bringing the grand total from more than two decades of collections to 1.2 billion pounds.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in your community, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com , www.unitedwaysalina.org , or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger. You can even follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger!
Kiffany Suenram, US Postal Service Salina KS, local event chair, 820-6697
Nancy Klostermeyer, The Volunteer Connection, 823-3128
Kathy Jackson, The Emergency Aid Food Bank, 827-7111