25th Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Taking Place on Saturday, May 13

N.A.L.C. Letter Carriers, With Generous Support from the Community, Will Restock Food Bank's Shelves for the Summer Months During Largest Drive of the Year

On the second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities will collect food donations along their postal routes to restock food banks and pantries during Stamp Out Hunger.   Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana’s largest drive each year.

The Food Bank’s 2017 goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to restock its shelves for the summer months when the need is high and food drive donations are typically low. 

Most Needed Items:

Canned soup
Canned Fruit
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Macaroni and Cheese
Spaghetti Noodles
Spaghetti Sauce
Canned Vegetables
Personal Care Items (toilet paper, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, etc.)
Baby items (shampoo, wipes, bath wash, lotion, etc.)
Cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, etc.)
Pet Food

Forty St. Joseph County businesses are participating in the More Food More Cowbell Challenge in conjunction with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Traditionally, a cowbell is used by farmers to help locate cattle.  A bell cow is the leader of the herd.  The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is that bell cow for hunger insecurity in northern Indiana.  These 40 businesses are joining us as bell leaders, raising food for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

National Stamp Out Hunger partners include: The National Association of Letter Carriers (N.A.L.C.), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (N.R.L.C.A.), U.S. Postal Service, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Valpak, United Way Worldwide, The AFL-CIO, the AAPR Foundation and Valassis.   In addition, IRBN, Inc., Kroger Stores, Martin’s Super Markets are local supporters of Stamp Out Hunger.

Area residents are asked to place nonperishables in a sturdy bag by their mailbox by 8 a.m. If it looks like rain, please use a plastic bag.  These donations will be picked up and delivered to the Food Bank.  Please do not include any glass containers items. 

If residents are not going to be home on Stamp Out Hunger Saturday, they can drop off their donation at any postal branch retail counter before the drive.  In addition, orange Food Bank food drive collection barrels will be located at Kroger Stores in South Bend and Mishawaka and Martin’s Super Markets locations in South Bend, Mishawaka and Granger, the week of May 8, to collect donations.

Stamp Out Hunger takes place in St. Joseph County and communities all across the nation.  Together, let's #StampOutHunger this Saturday!

 

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