Always the second Saturday in May - RAIN OR SHINE!
** UPDATE 05/31/16 **
THANK YOU! Regional residents donated a total of 80,761 pounds of food, including 39,123 pounds in Monroe County, during the 2016 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive! Thanks to everyone who is helping ensure that Hoosiers don't go hungry.
About Stamp Out Hunger
The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest, single-day food drive in the nation, and an easy way to make a difference in your community.
On Saturday, May 14, rain or shine, letter carriers and volunteers will collect bags of healthy, non-perishable donated food people, like you, have set out by their mailboxes. Donations are sorted and taken to local food pantries to feed hungry Hoosiers.
>> Rain or shine the Stamp Out Hunger food drive goes on! Event organizers recommend: “If it is raining we encourage people to put their donations in a plastic bag and tie it shut if possible but please don’t let the weather keep you from donating. People with mailboxes by the street or in apartments with pedestal type group mailboxes can also place their donation inside their mailbox."
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is very important to local pantries and neighbors in need. In the spring, food supplies are typically lower. As schools let out for the summer, the need for additional food is greater since young students don't have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs. And locally, 1 in 5 children are at risk of going hungry.
In our region, 1 in 6 people are at risk of hunger and one-third of these neighbors are not income-eligible for federal nutrition program. This means they rely more on access to healthy, nutritious food from pantries and kitchens.
In 2015, Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed over 3.7 million pounds of food through its programs and partner agencies in eight counties, but incoming food donations were down by over half a million pounds, making food drives like Stamp Out Hunger even more important.
Last year, local residents donated 81,635 pounds, including 37,634 pounds in Monroe County (a 28% increase), during this drive to help neighbors in need. Will you help us feed even more Hoosiers this year?
>> DONATE! Simply fill a grocery bag (or two) with healthy, non-perishable food and set it by your mailbox the morning of Saturday, May 14 to be picked up. Each household in our service area should receive a Kroger bag in your mail the week of the drive. Food donations are distributed to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and other local agencies who then provide the food to hungry Hoosiers.
>> VOLUNTEER! If you're interested in volunteering or hosting a food drive, click here.
>> SHARE! Share these promotional materials at your workplace, with neighbors and friends, and in your social media networks.
MOST NEEDED ITEMS
- Canned meat (tuna, chicken, beef stew, etc.)
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Juice & juice boxes
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE:
- Expired food
- Open packages
- Perishable food
- Glass jars
Thanks to Our Sponsors and Supporters!
The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive would like to thank our supporters:
Major local sponsors & participants:
NALC Branch 828
U. S. Postal Service
NRLCA (rural carriers)
United Way of Monroe County
Hoosier Hills Food Bank
Additional local participants:
Lawrence County ARC
Bedford Lions Club
Southern Indiana Regional Labor Council - White River Chapter
To volunteer or host a food drive:
• Lawrence County: Jan Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Linton: Mary Ison, email@example.com
• Monroe County: Liz Feitl, (812) 334-8370, firstname.lastname@example.org (AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison, United Way of Monroe County)
• Hoosier Hills Food Bank: Ryan Jochim, email@example.com
The local NALC South Central Indiana Branch 828 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive includes all communities with city delivery in Greene, Lawrence, Monroe and Owen Counties. It also includes Martinsville, Odon, Orleans, and Paoli. Branch 828 also assists with the Food Drive in additional communities that do not have city delivery.
For general information about the national Stamp Out Hunger efforts and impact visit the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) website at www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.