Help Your Letter Carrier Deliver the Goods

The canned goods, that is.

This Saturday, May 9, is the 17th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In 2008, the event, billed as the world’s largest food drive, collected 73.1 million pounds of food that was subsequently delivered to local food banks, pantries and shelters in all 50 states.

Contributing couldn’t be easier. Simply place your donation of non-perishable food items in a bag next to your mailbox before your mail is delivered this Saturday.  Your letter carrier will pick up the donation and see that it is delivered to a local food bank.

With more Americans unemployed every day, your contribution really matters. Thirty-five million Americans are hungry or living on the brink of hunger. Take a look at Hunger 101 on Feeding America’s website for some disheartening facts about hungry children, seniors and the working poor.

Or for something more interactive, take the quick Hunger Quiz and see what you learn about hunger in the U.S. I hope you learn enough to join me in donating this weekend. The Greater Twin Cities United Way, an MCF member, is a sponsor of this long-standing event.

If you really get into it, consider visiting the hunger site, where one click of your mouse donates 1.1 cups of food to the world’s poor and hungry. Last year, visitor clicks at the site triggered donations of 66,235,889 cups (more than 8 million pounds) of food. It’s so easy, and if you come back every day this year, you and your mouse will be responsible for donating 400 cups of food.

- Susan Stehling, MCF web communications associate

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