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Stamp out hunger in your PJs

Annual Mail Carrier Food Drive May 11 will feed thousands

WASHINGTON-The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes - allowing postal patrons to literally donate to their hungry neighbors while still wearing their pajamas.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive never has been more important than in these times, with hunger a growing problem - affecting about 50 million people around the country, including 17 million children and 9 million senior citizens. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

On Saturday, May 11, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations residents leave near their mail boxes, as they deliver mail. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to www.helpstampouthunger.com, www.facebook.com/Stamp
OutHunger, or www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.