Special to the Register
This Saturday, local letter carriers with be joining others across the country to collect food for families in need during the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
In collaboration with the U.S. Postal Service, Madison County letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food items door to door and donate them to local food pantries. Food donations should be placed next to the mailbox for pickup on Saturday.
Local food banks and services that will receive locally donated food include: God’s Outreach Madison County Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Home Meals Delivery and Kentucky River Foothills.
Last year, more than 70 millions pounds of food was collected, feeding an estimated 30 million people, according to a press release by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Over the drive’s 20-year history, more than a billion pounds of food has been collected through the postal service’s universal delivery network that spans the nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands, the release stated.
The timing of the food drive is intentional. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of 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, according to the NALC.
Currently, 50 million Americans, or one in six, are unsure where their next meal is coming from, the NALC said. And nearly 3 million seniors over age 65 must deal with hunger as well.