The National Association of Letter Carriers, Bay Area Food Bank, United Way of Southwest Alabama, and the AFL-CIO team up for Stamp Out Hunger – the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive, on Saturday, May 10.
In 2013, Stamp Out Hunger brought in more than 160,000 pounds of donated food from the community. This single day effort provides nearly 123,000 meals to those in need and allows the food bank to stock the shelves for any disaster relief efforts required for the summer storm season.
Here’s how it works:
Place nonperishable food items in the bag left by your letter carrier beside your mailbox on the morning of May 10 before the carrier arrives. The bag will be picked up by your letter carrier and taken to Bay Area Food Bank where volunteers will unload and sort the donated items. Anyone who does not receive a bag in the mail can deliver their donated food items directly to the food bank or their local post office. To learn more about the food drive and see list of the most need items, visit www.bayareafoodbank.org.
The food bank’s most needed items include canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit, soup, peanut butter, dried beans, rice, and cereal. The food bank cannot accept glass containers, baby food, alcoholic beverages, homemade items or any item without a manufacturer’s label.
About Bay Area Food Bank:
Bay Area Food Bank serves a 24-county area spanning south Alabama, south Mississippi, and the panhandle of Florida. In 2013, the food bank distributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to more than 400 church pantries, soup kitchens and other nonprofit organizations throughout its service area. The food bank also operates multiple nutrition programs, including Summer Food Service, Afterschool Snack, Backpack, Disaster Relief, Community Garden, Mobile Pantry, and SNAP Outreach. Bay Area Food Bank is a United Way agency and a member of Feeding America. For more information visit www.bayareafoodbank.org.