Stamp Out Hunger

HARLINGEN – Last year at this time, letter carriers in the area hauled in about 14,000 pounds of nonperishable food items along with mail and packages.

Well, on Saturday, May 13, they will do it again with hopes to bring back even more for the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry. People are encouraged to leave a bag next to their mailbox.

It is the 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for Saturday all around the country. Harlingen’s post office will once again participate and the local pantry will benefit from the always successful drive.

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive. It provides letter carriers, postal employees and volunteers the opportunity to come together to conduct the drive in their local communities.

During the last 24 food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food.

“We deliver to every address in America at least six days a week,’ said NALC President Fredric Rolando. “And because we’re such a consistent and familiar presence in neighborhoods, we’re all too familiar with the unfortunate reality of ongoing hunger.”

Right now, final preparations are being made for the drive on Saturday.

“Preparation and coordination for Food Drive Day can be challenging,” Rolando said. “Despite the challenges, we look forward to it each year because of the important role we’re playing in the fight against hunger in this country.”

The Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry serves about 900 local families each month.

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

WHAT: 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

WHERE: In Harlingen and nationwide

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, during regular mail pickup, residents are encouraged to leave a bag of nonperishable food at their mailboxes. Mail carriers will collect it.

WHY: To help collect much-needed food for the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry

WHAT TO LEAVE IN A BAG

Canned soup

Canned vegetables

Pasta

Peanut butter

Rice

Cereal

Canned meats