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Neighbors Growing Together | May 24, 2017

Postal hunger drive

May 1, 2015
Washington, Iowa

To the Editor:
Saturday, May 9, marks the 23rd anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many — hunger.
So, each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carrier across the country collect nonperishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Washington who need our help.
Last year, we collected over 72 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of its 22-year history, the drive has collected well over 1 billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Locally in Washington over the past six years, we have collected just over 13,000 pounds of canned goods and received just over $3,100 in monetary donations.
The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans — one in six — are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly five million seniors over age 60 are food-insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help. Currently, 45 percent of our local schoolchildren receive free or reduced lunches in Washington, so the need is there!  
Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.
Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 9, and your letter carrier will do the rest. We invite you to join in America’s great day of giving and help us in our fight to end hunger.

Sincerely,
Andy Miller, Bob Spenner, Dan Schulte, Troy Jeffrey, Will Drayfahl, Josh Hollenbeck, Je’taime Miller, Lynn Geisen, Tina Hill, Odessa Burton, Don Bayliss, Nate Fink

City and Rural Carriers of Washington