WACO, TX — The 27th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is set for this Saturday, May 11.
Letter carriers with the United States Postal Service all over the nation will be participating in the annual food drive, which is the largest single day food drive in the country. The food drive is held by the United States Postal Service every year on the second Saturday in May.
Mail carriers will be placing paper bags and food cards in mailboxes to be used for the collection on Saturday. To participate in the “Stamp-Out Hunger” Food Drive, everyone is encouraged to place non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, canned meats, pasta/sauces, rice, cereal, peanut butter, dry beans, rice, macaroni and cheese and baby food in bags and leave them next to their mailbox prior to their regular mail delivery time on Saturday.
Jerrod Perry, a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, says that food collected in this drive comes at a crucial time for food banks.
“It helps feed kids throughout the summer that might not necessarily have a meal because they're not going to school and getting meals at school," Perry said. "It helps the elderly that can't get out and don't have the income to go buy food.”
Donations from the drive will help food banks here in Central Texas. Food collected in the Waco area will go to the Salvation Army, Caritas of Waco, and Shepard's Heart Food Pantry.
Last year, mail carriers in the Waco area collected more than 50,000 pounds of food. This helped local food banks get through most of the summer. Their goal this year is to surpass last year’s total.