30th NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Slated for Saturday, May 14

Largest one-day food drive in the nation and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana's largest food drive each year

After a two-year pandemic pause in 2020 and 2021, the Food Bank’s 2022 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. 

Place your non-perishable food items in a plastic bag by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick up your donation and deliver it in St. Joseph County to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

Most needed items include:

  • Canned Soup
  • Boxed Dinner Meals
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Boxed Noodles
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Chicken, Tuna and Spam
  • Personal Care Items (toilet paper, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, etc.)
  • Cleaning Supplies (laundry detergent, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, etc.)

Stamp Out Hunger began in 1993 as an outreach into the community by the NALC.  In the 30 years since it began, Stamp Out Hunger has collected 1.82 billion pounds of food for people in need across the United States.

In 2019, the Food Bank collected 106,498 lbs.; 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. the 2014 drive collected 112,000 lbs.; the 2013 drive collected 128,000 lbs.; the 2012 drive collected 132,000 lbs.; the 2011 drive collected 97,000 lbs. and the 2010 drive collected 104,000 lbs.

Hunger is a community health issue.  In northern Indiana, 12.3% or 89,990 residents are food insecure – these individuals don’t know where they will find their next meal.  In St. Joseph County, 12.9% or 34,870l residents are food insecure. Hunger exists in every community in the United States. 

National partners assisting the NALC in the food drive include: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Vericast, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak, the Kellogg Co. and CVS Health.

For more information, please call (574) 232-9986 ext. 129.

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