27th N.A.L.C. Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Slated For Saturday, May 11

Goal is to Collect 100,000 lbs. in St. Joseph County

27th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Set for Saturday, May 11. Letter Carriers, With Generous Support of the Community, Will Restock Food Bank’s Shelves for Summer Months During Largest Food Drive of the Year

WHO:              National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) #330 and #820.

WHAT:            27th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

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 2019 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 include:

Peanut Butter and Jelly
Box Dinners (Lasagna, Beef Pasta and Cheeseburger)
Macaroni and Cheese
Pancake Mix and Syrup
Canned Chicken and Tuna
Applesauce
Canned Fruit
Elbow Macaroni
Canned Ravioli
Canned Beef Stew
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Personal Care Items (toilet paper, bar soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, etc.)
Baby Items (shampoo, wipes, bath wash, lotion, etc.)
Cleaning Supplies (laundry detergent, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, etc.)
Pet Food

Stamp Out Hunger began in 1993 as an outreach into the community by the NALC.  Since its inception, this drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food across the nation. 

In 2018, the Food Bank collected 100,199 lbs.; in 2017, the Food Bank collected 115,898 lbs.; the 2016 drive collected 81,932 lbs.; the 2015 drive collected 87,000 lbs. and the 2014 drive collected 112,000 lbs.

In northern Indiana, 90,630 or 12.4% of its residents are food insecure. In St. Joseph County, the food insecurity rate is 14.1% or 37,850 people.

Food insecurity means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.

National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 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, AFL-CIO, Valassis, Kellogg’s, and CVS Health.  In addition, IRBN, Inc., Lippert Components and Martin’s Super Markets are local supporters.

WHEN:           Saturday, May 11, 2019.

During the week of May 6, letter carriers in St. Joseph County will deliver a reminder postcard and bag to residents in their mailboxes. 

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.  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 Martin’s Super Markets locations in South Bend, Mishawaka and Granger, the week of May 6, to collect donations.

WHERE:         Stamp Out Hunger takes place in St. Joseph County and communities across the nation.

                     In St. Joseph County, donations will be delivered to: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, Ind.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana works in partnership to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger, and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger.  The Food Bank of Northern Indiana serves Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties and is a member of Feeding America, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) and United Way.

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