30th Annual Campaign is the Nation’s Largest Single-Day Food Drive
Mail carriers across the nation will lead the Postal Service’s effort to “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting food donations throughout San Diego County and in cities and towns across the country this Saturday, May 14 in the 30th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Food Drive.
The drive is the nation’s largest one-day effort to combat hunger and is held to support the mission of community food banks such as the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Nationwide more than 1.75 billion pounds of food has been collected during the campaign’s first 29 years.
“The purpose of this food drive is to help feed the hungry in the communities we serve,” said Ricardo Guzman, president of the San Diego branch of the NALC. “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the high costs of gasoline, utilities and other items, this year’s NALC Food Drive is needed more than ever. With the help of our communities, we can help ‘Stamp Out Hunger.’
“This annual food drive demonstrates how the Postal Service goes beyond just delivering the mail to helping those in need in our communities.”
“We’re immensely grateful to the NALC and the Postal Service for supporting our vital mission in the community with this year’s ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive,” said Casey Castillo, Interim CEO, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. “Donations to the San Diego Food Bank are critical right now, since we’re continuing to feed record numbers of families facing food insecurity who are still recovering from the financial impacts of the pandemic and the skyrocketing prices of gas, food, and rent due to soaring inflation.
“We encourage the community to donate a bag of nonperishable foods by residential mailboxes on Saturday, May 14 to help the Food Bank help our fellow San Diegans in need.”
San Diego County residents should leave their non-perishable food donations in bags near their mailboxes this Saturday, May 14, before their letter carriers arrive.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.
For additional information about this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, watch this 2022 “Stamp Out Hunger” Video: https://youtu.be/dhfHDGkdUsQ
WHAT TO GIVE: Most-wanted foods include:
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).
- Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese).
- Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).
- Pasta, rice cereal.
- Canned fruits.
- 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).
- Canned vegetables.
- Cooking oil.
- Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).
WHAT NOT TO GIVE:
- Rusty or unlabeled cans.
- Glass containers.
- Perishable items.
- Homemade items.
- No expired items
- Noncommercial canned or packaged items.
- Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.
- Open or used items.
The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.