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Fort Wayne Post Office Asks Residents to Help Stamp Out Hunger With 2016 Food Drive

Support the Nation’s Largest Single-Day Food Drive

On Saturday, May 14, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the United States Postal Service, and other partners are asking Hoosiers to help Stamp Out Hunger. The annual food drive has grown into a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year’s drive collected approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food that was left in bags next to postal customers’ mailboxes. It was the 12th consecutive year that letter carriers have collected more than 70 million pounds of food, and it brought the drive’s grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected.

The availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food, is limited or uncertain for 1 in 6 Americans, many of whom are in households with at least one person working. Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 16 million children in America are struggling with hunger. In addition 4.8 million seniors face choices between paying rent, utilities, and having nutritious food.

“We’re proud to support this food drive,” said A/Postmaster Dana Frank. “We’re asking residents for their support to help make this another successful year. It’s easy to make a donation – simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by the mailbox to help your neighbors in need.”

The food drive’s national partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO and Valassis.

To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable 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 14. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage,
products and services to fund its operations.