Stamp Out Hunger: Send More Than Mail on Saturday

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Mail carriers will be picking up and delivering more than mail this Saturday, May 12, as part of the  Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the largest single-day effort to combat hunger in America.

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the 20-year-old program is also the largest single-day food drive for local food banks, according to officials at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The drive comes just as food banks are gearing up to feed area children through the summer who will lose access to subsidized school lunches.

Anyone can participate by leaving a sturdy bag of non-perishable food by their mailbox before the mail is delivered on Saturday. Food bank officials say items like peanut butter, pasta, rice, low-sugar cereal, and canned foods such as tuna, meat, stew, soup, and vegetables are needed the most. Mail carriers will deliver the food to local food banks.

Last year Stamp Out Hunger collected more than 1 million pounds of food for those in need in the Bay Area, with 321,198 pounds going to Second Harvest. More than 70 million pounds were collected across the country.

“We appreciate the support we receive each year from our local letter carriers,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest, in a press release. “Second Harvest provides food to nearly 250,000 people each month, an astonishing one in 10 people in our two-county region. That number is up nearly 50 percent since the recession started. So we are grateful for the generous donations we receive from teh community and the many volunteers who make Stamp Out Hunger a success.”