Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

This Saturday, the United States Post Office will be collecting food for its National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) food drive. This is the 14th year the NALC and the Campbell Soup Company are partnering together to sponsor "Stamp Out Hunger," the single-day food drive. Last year alone, the collaboration was able to collect, process, and deliver over 70 million pounds of food.

What to donate? Well they are looking for items like canned meat or fish. Or canned soup (hehe, preferably from Campbells, ehh?), juice, or pasta. Or canned vegetables, cereal, or rice. They ask to not include anything expired or in glass containers.

How to donate? Collect items suitable for donation from you cabinets (or go out and make a new purchase). Place them in boxes or bags near your mail box. And then on Saturday May 10th, like magic, the donations will disappear when your letter carrier passes through your neighborhood.

Then what happens? Then the post office will process the donations and deliver them to local, that means within Puerto Rico, food banks. The not-for-profit company, America's Second Harvest works with the postal service to manage the donations. America's Second Harvest operates the Nation's Food Bank Network, which is the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations, which serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Locally, America's Second Harvest works with Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico, which operates a food bank, numerous shelters, numerous residences, and a day care center. If you can't see yourself donating any food, they also accept donations of time and money. Call (787) 740-3663 to find out how you can help.

Did you know that 35 million Americans are hungry or living on the brink of hunger? And how about this? Did you know that the Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico distributes 4,511,228 pounds of food annually?