‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive set to begin

May 1, 2019

The 27h annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive will be held May 11, the U.S. Postal Service has announced.

Last year, letter carriers collected 71.6 million pounds during the drive, the postal service said in a statement.

Residents can leave non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday before the letter carrier arrives, the statement said. It said letter carriers will also be leaving special bags with the mail in the days leading up to the drive.

The food collected will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries, the statement said.

All types of non-perishable donations are accepted, but foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Other needed food items include canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni-and-cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice.