Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest single-day food drive, 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. From major metropolitan areas to small rural towns, residents put out non-perishable food donations on that day, which the National Association of Letter Carriers members collect as they deliver mail along their postal routes. The collection is then taken to the nearest food bank for sorting, boxing and distribution.
Because the postal network goes to 151 million addresses six days a week, there's tremendous value in this food drive to galvanize the community to give to those who struggle with food insecurity. In central Arkansas, households donated more than 120,000 pounds of food to the 2013 drive, adding to the 74 million pounds donated nationally.