Public asked to leave food by their mailbox May 13

May 03, 2006
Santa Paula News

The National Association of Letter Carriers will be collecting non-perishable food left by mailboxes and delivering to food banks on Saturday, May 13.

The National Association of Letter Carriers will be collecting non-perishable food left by mailboxes and delivering to food banks on Saturday, May 13. The collection will take place nationwide as part of their campaign to stamp out hunger in America.Studies have shown that hunger in America is a much more serious problem than most people realize. The number of Americans who depend upon food banks, directly or indirectly, is estimated at a staggering 30 million people, or 10.4 percent of the population!Food banks and other charities find that their supplies of food dwindle as summer approaches, but the need for food is great during the summer because many children are not in school and do not get school breakfasts or lunches. Almost 17 million children receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program. But only two million participate in the Summer Food Service Program, suggesting millions may go hungry over summer vacation.
Add to these statistics the impact of Hurricane Katrina, both in the Gulf Coast states and regions where refugees have relocated, and it is plain to see the great need to keep our food banks stocked.This will be the 14th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive the largest one-day food drive in the nation, and maybe the world. It is a very simple and easy concept. The public is asked to leave non-perishable food in a bag next to their mailbox on Saturday, May 13. Their letter carrier will do the rest. The food is brought back to the Post Office and distributed to local charities who in turn give it to people who need it.



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