Join Letter Carriers and the Arkansas Foodbank in the Largest Single-Day Food Drive
High Rates of Food-Insecurity in Arkansas Call for Much Needed Community Support to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’
Info about ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive:
The Arkansas Foodbank is asking for the community’s support on May 9th as it joins America’s letter carriers and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization 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 five Arkansans who struggle with hunger.
This year will mark the 23rd National Letter Carrier Food Drive. The concept behind the drive is simple: We ask you to leave nonperishable food donations in sturdy bags at your mailboxes—and your letter carrier will take care of the rest.
The donations made in Pulaski County on Saturday, May 9th will be delivered to the Arkansas Foodbank and then distributed to those facing hunger right here in Central Arkansas. Several other post office branches will be collecting food items all across our state to be donated to local pantries in their community.
To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery. Last year the food drive collected over 70 million pounds of food!
Hunger in Arkansas:
According to Feeding America’s recently released Map the Meal Gap 2015 study more than 584,000 people in our state are hungry with more than 1 in 4 children in Arkansas not knowing where the next meal is coming from: 201,820 children.
Arkansas ranks first in senior hunger according to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, first in severe hunger and overall hunger according to the USDA and third in child hunger according to Feeding America. That is yet another indicator that hunger deserves to be a top news story in the state of Arkansas.
Last year, we collected 110,000 pounds of food in just one day. With your help, we know we can have a record year. Just leave a bag of food by your mailbox on Saturday, May 9th.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) The 280,000-member NALC represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country's oldest labor unions. For more information, visit http://nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.
The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouses in Little Rock and Warren serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools, colleges, and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. Last year, the Foodbank distributed more than 22 million pounds of food to agencies that help feed the hungry. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit the Foodbank website at www.arkansasfoodbank.org.
Heart of Arkansas United Way’s mission is to advance the common good by focusing on health and human services throughout Arkansas. Our approach brings together volunteers, citizens, organized labor, local businesses and service providers that positively affect the community’s quality of life. For more information on how to LIVE UNITED, please visit www.heartaruw.org.