Help stamp out hunger

Help stamp out hunger

To the Editor:

Saturday, May 13, marks the 25th 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, postal employees across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to the people of Martin County who need our help.

Last year, we collected over 80 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the 24-year history, the drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food.

The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans, 1 in 6, are unsure where their next meal will come from; 16 million children feel hunger’s impact; and nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure.

Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies.

Participating in this years’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 13, and your carrier or volunteer will do the rest.

All donations go directly to our local food shelf and stays in this community to help those in need. Please help us in our fight to end hunger as we celebrate our 25th anniversary year in America’s great day of giving.

Daryl Dobie,

and all local post office employees