The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is teaming up with Feeding America Southwest Virginia and Kroger to conduct Stamp Out Hunger, an annual food drive on Saturday, May 11, when letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
It’s part of the nation’s largest single-day food drive, held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Last year letter carriers in the region collected a record 410,427 pounds of food along their postal routes – placing Roanoke first in the nation in metropolitan areas of its size.
On May 11, letter carriers will collect donations that residents leave near their mailboxes as they deliver mail.
People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is more important than ever. Pantry shelves that filled up over the holidays often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, thousands of children in our region must find alternate sources of nutrition.
The regional effort benefits food banks and pantries affiliated with Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
One in six people in Southwest Virginia struggle to put food on their table. Since 2008, Feeding America Southwest Virginia has experienced a 57 percent increase in food distributed as well as a 52.3 percent increase in the number of households receiving emergency groceries served through its 405-partner feeding programs.