On Saturday, May 10, central Louisiana letter carriers will again work to Stamp Out Hunger! with thehelp of the residents in our community. Now in its 22st year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2013, drive organizers across the country collected more than 74 million pounds of food donations. More than 34,000 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected in central Louisiana during last year’s drive.
“The timing of this food drive is critical to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana,” said Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank. “During the spring and summer, we see a decrease in food donations while the number of people we serve each month continues to increase.”
To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger drive, central Louisiana residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular delivery on Saturday, May 10. Local letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to The Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans – 1 in 6 – are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children and nearly 5 million are seniors over the age of 60.
For more information about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive or the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, please call 318.445.2773.