USPS asking Southeast Texas residents to help stamp out hunger

Stamp Out Hunger 2013

U.S. Postal Service Houston District letter carriers will join together to Stamp Out Hunger across America by providing assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on their tables every day.

Southeast Texas residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, peanut butter, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11. Local letter carriers will collect the food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to the surrounding area food banks.

Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2012, drive organizers across the country collected more than 70 million pounds of total food donations for the ninth consecutive year.

Despite the generosity of millions of Americans who have supported the letter carriers' food drive in previous years, the need for food assistance still exists for many families. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 17 million children, are struggling with hunger.

The U S Postal Service is joining forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers NALC, the Beaumont Food Bank, Campbell Soup Company, Feeding America, AARP, Valpak, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the AFL-CIO, United Way and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage to make the effort possible.

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