Second Harvest Food Bank, Local Letter Carriers To ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ May 14

NEW ORLEANS – Second Harvest Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers have joined forces once again for the largest food drive of the year – the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, Saturday, May 14, 2016.

         Letter carriers across the Greater New Orleans area will pick up donations of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank from mailboxes in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes, parts of the Northshore and Thibodaux.

         The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is supported locally with a sponsorship from BP that ensures the distribution of 450,000 specially marked food collection bags to households area wide.

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         Letter carriers will deliver the food collection bags in mailboxes the week of May 9. Residents are asked to fill the bags, or any sturdy bag, with non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, soups/ stews, canned fruits/ vegetables, canned meats, tuna fish, chili, cereals, beans, rice, or pasta. Filled donation bags should be placed next to the mailbox prior to regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 14, when local letter carriers will pick up donations and deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to families in need.

         “A successful food drive is particularly critical this year as we work to restock the shelves from our recent disaster response efforts,” said Natalie Jayroe, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “The food donations we collect also help us meet the increased need for food assistance in the summer months when children are without the free and reduced price breakfast and lunch they rely on during the school year. Many families have to stretch an already strained food budget even further to provide children with meals during the summer.”

         “For the past six years, BP has proudly supported Second Harvest in stamping out hunger across the entire southeast Louisiana region, helping to provide meals for families, children and seniors within the community,” Karl Connor, director, communications and external affairs, BP America, said. “We are committed to supporting the communities where our employees live and work, and our partnership with Second Harvest in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive allows us to enhance the lives and contribute to the well-being of countless Louisianans.”

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         The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest food drive of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank. In 2015, the letter carriers collected just over 194,887 pounds of food in the Greater New Orleans area – the equivalent of more than 97,500 meals locally. In 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers collected 71 million pounds of food nationwide for a cumulative total of 1.4 billion pounds over the history of the drive.

         “Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face-to-face with a sad reality for too many, hunger,” said Pam Donato, national Stamp Out Hunger food drive coordinator. “The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a meaningful way to support our customers and communities. Letter carriers are committed to shouldering the load of not only delivering the mail, but collecting hundreds of pounds of food donations along their routes to do their part to fight hunger.”

         Monetary donations can be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank here

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