On Saturday, May 11, you can help your neighbors in need by taking part in the largest single-day food drive in the nation.
All you have to do to help “Stamp Out Hunger” is leave a bag of non-perishable food near your mailbox. Your postal carrier and Food Lifeline will take it from there.
Last year, people in King County donated more than 260 tons of food through “Stamp Out Hunger” – enough for 1.5 million meals for people in need. Food Lifeline collected tens of thousands of bags filled with tuna and pasta and peanut butter and other staples, then quickly packed it up and distributed it to our network of nearly 300 food banks, meal programs and shelters throughout Western Washington.
The National Association of Letter Carriers started Stamp Out Hunger 21 years ago, when they were struck by just how many hungry people they saw on their mail routes. This year’s drive comes at a time when many food banks are having a harder time stocking their shelves. Higher food prices and a struggling economy are leading to longer lines at food banks. It’s more important than ever for all of us to do our part and to give what we can.
An estimated one in 14 Western Washingtonians rely on food banks for their daily nutrition. One-third of them are children. Every can of soup, every bag of rice, every box of granola bars you give through “Stamp Out Hunger” will nourish someone who might otherwise go without.
Keep an eye out for the bright blue “Stamp Out Hunger” bag your postal carrier will leave in your mail box. Fill it up with nutritious, non-perishable food and leave it out on Saturday, May 11. Make your contribution go even farther by donating to the virtual food drive on Food Lifeline’s website.
Tell your family and friends about it. Show your support on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks for joining the fight against hunger here in Western Washington!
Linda Nageotte is CEO and President of Food Lifeline, which provides food to more than 745,000 people through a network of nearly 300 food banks, meal programs and shelters in Western Washington.