Saturday, May 14th marks the 30th anniversary of one of America's great days of giving - the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many, hunger.
So, each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across our community collect non-perishable food donations from neighbors along their routes. Locally these donations will go directly to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to provide food to people in the Central Rappahannock River Region who need our help.
The need for food donations is great. Currently, more than 42 million Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. More than 12 million are children who feel hunger's impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school and nearly 5.2 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.
The NALC's food drive's timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.
Participating in this year's Letter Carrier Stamp Out Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox Saturday, May 14th and your letter carrier will do the rest. With your help, letter carriers and the US Postal Service have collected over 1.88 billion pounds of food in the United States over the past 19 years. Please help in the fight to end hunger and join the NALC as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of America's great day of giving.