Join the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana in Largest Single-Day Food Drive to Help Stamp Out Hunger
High Rates of Food-Insecurity Call for Much Needed Community Support
The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is asking for the community’s support on Saturday, May 11, 2019 as it joins America’s letter carriers in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country. The event helps to support local Food Banks and the one in six Americans who struggle with hunger.
Local residents can join the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana and support community members who struggle with hunger by simply collecting non-perishable food items and leaving them in a sturdy bag near their mailboxes before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 11th. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and deliver them to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. Items will then be distributed to those facing hunger right here in Northeast Louisiana.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. With the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do millions of Americans go hungry, organizations that help them are in need of replenishment.
“Stamp Out Hunger is such a huge help to our neighbors in Northeast Louisiana who struggle to get enough to eat,” said Jean Toth, Executive Director at the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. “We are so grateful to community members who donate non-perishable items and for the letter carriers who take the time to collect each bag to help fight hunger in Northeast Louisiana.”
According to Feeding America’s recently released Map the Meal Gap 2018 study, 20% of people living in Northeast Louisiana face food insecurity, including 27% of children. Stamp Out Hunger is the opportune time for the public to support neighbors who struggle with hunger.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year.