Saturday, the largest one-day food drive in the United States will be happening all over the Midlands and nationwide, and you can help feed those in need with a simple trip to your mailbox. The men and women of the U.S. Postal Service who deliver your mail will be collecting food in the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Postal customers can donate by leaving non-perishable food in bags in or beside their mailboxes in time for the normal mail delivery Saturday. Local donations will be delivered to Harvest Hope Food Bank for distribution to those who need the food most.
In Columbia, volunteers organized by the United Way’s Young Leaders Society will help sort the food as the carriers bring it to the U.S. Post Office on Assembly Street.
The Stamp Out Hunger drive has brought in more than a billion pounds of food since 1993. According to the Postal Service, 180,000 letter carriers will collect donations in more than 10,000 communities Saturday.
“Letter carriers touch every residential and business address in this country at least six days a week,” National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando said, “And our continued effort in the fight against hunger—often in our own neighborhoods—has made us all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need.”
Last year’s drive alone accounted for approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food. More information on the Stamp Out Hunger drive is available here.