The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday in Sunflower County.
Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, according to a release from the U.S. Postal Service this week.
Participating Post Offices in Sunflower County include Indianola and Inverness.
Other area offices participating are Greenwood, Greenville and Belzoni.
Last year’s drive resulted in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food. The food drive has become the nation’s largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families.
Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 11, before their letter carrier arrives.
Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed.
Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.
For additional information about this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, visit nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.