The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 27th annual national food drive Saturday, May 11.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.
Residents simply leave their donation of nonperishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers in the Bend and Redmond area will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to NeighborImpact's Food Bank, where they'll be redistributed to local families and individuals in need through partner food pantries.
Unsure of whether your mail carrier will be participating? Keep an eye out for a postcard reminder, which will include additional information about the most-needed items to donate and alternative ways of giving.
The Letter Carriers' food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
The food drive remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.
Letter carriers see those struggles in the communities they serve, and believe that it is important to do what they can to help.
"Over its first quarter-century, the food drive has only grown in importance and in impact," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "It's an honor to be able to help people in need all across the United States — and to do so in a way that brings out the best in so many Americans."
The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter holidays and with summer approaching, when most school meal programs are suspended.
Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
The agency offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people's lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future.
NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local grants, foundation grants, and donations from individuals and businesses in our community.
To learn more about NeighborImpact, visit www.neighborimpact.org.
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