Mail carriers collect food
The 26th annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation's largest one-day food drive, providing letter carriers, other postal employees and thousands of volunteers the opportunity to meld their forces to fight hunger in our communities across the nation.-
To donate, just leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable, nonexpired foods such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal next to a mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12.
"Letter carriers touch every residential and business address in this country at least six days a week," NALC President Fredric Rolando said, "and our continued effort in the fight against hunger, often in our own neighborhoods, has made us all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need."
The availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food, is limited or uncertain for one in six Americans, many of whom are in households with at least one person working.
"So, our goal is to help restock community food banks, pantries and shelters for needy families throughout the summer," Rolando said, "and to build upon the millions of pounds of nonperishable food collected since 1992 from millions of generous postal customers."
Last year was the 13th consecutive year that letter carriers successfully collected more than 70 million pounds of food.
On a local level, food collected in Central Oregon will go to NeighborImpact's Emergency Food Assistance Program to help feed more than 22,000 individuals each month.
"Central Oregon is a generous community and nearly half of the food collected each year by NeighborImpact is sourced locally -- one of the largest percentages of any community in Oregon," said Carly Sanders, Food Program Manager for NeighborImpact.
All the food collected stays in Central Oregon and is processed through NeighborImpact's regional food warehouse in Redmond.
"NeighborImpact tends to see a decline in food donations through the summer months, so this food drive allows us to feed families until the holiday food drives begin in early winter," explained Sanders.
The NeighborImpact Food Bank Program is the regional affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank and distributes over 4.7 million pounds of food to 47 local agencies in Jefferson, Crook, and Deschutes counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.