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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Celebrates 21 Years

The Town of Huntington will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help Stamp Out Hunger.   Now in its 21st year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

Councilman Mayoka has been an advocate for the food pantries and has established two places where residents can drop off non-perishable food items year round.  There is a bin in the main lobby of Town Hall located at 100 Main Street, Huntington and one at the Dix Hills Ice Rink located at 575 Vanderbilt Highway in Dix Hills.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive and is held in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico the Virgin Islands and Guam.  In 2012, generous Americans donated 70 million pounds of food, which marked the ninth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected by letter carriers.

“We’re incredibly excited for the 21st year of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive,” said Fredric V. Rolando, NALC president. “We’re asking people across the country for their support to make this year the most successful in the drive’s history. It’s so easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox to help neighbors in need. That’s all it takes.”

The need for food assistance continues to exist in every community in America, no matter how rich or poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 17 million children in America are struggling with hunger.

To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in the Town of Huntington,  residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11. Our letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food pantries.

Feeding America provides food assistance to 37 million Americans every year. According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans relies on the organization for food and groceries, and the organizationdistributes nearly 3.4 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually, including more than 800 million pounds of fresh produce.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters, including many affiliated with Feeding America, a national partner in the drive. Assisting 1,400 local NALC branches will be rural letter carriers and other postal employees, plus members of other unions and civic volunteers. Other national partners are Campbell Soup Co., AARP, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Valassis/Red Plum, the U.S. Postal Service, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage. GLS Companies, Source Direct Plastics and the Publix grocery store chain

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Huntington, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

 

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