Donate food without having to leave your front yard this weekend through Stamp Out Hunger!
If you live in Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, or Rockport, you can help put food on the table for people in your community by leaving a bag of food donations by your mailbox on the morning of SATURDAY MAY 14. Donations will be transported to The Open Door by your local letter carrier.
Stamp Out Hunger is an annual Food Drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Most needed items include: coffee, condiments, cooking oil, peanut butter, and tuna.
Please, no glass containers!
“Stamp Out Hunger is a unique opportunity for members of the community to make a food donation, without having to leave their front yard. It’s traditionally a hugely successful food drive for us, and it’s all possible because our local letter carriers are willing to go the extra mile to put food on the table for others,” President and CEO Julie LaFontaine said. “We’re deeply thankful to partner with them on this event and for their dedication to alleviating the impact of hunger locally.”
The Open Door is also seeking volunteers to sort donations on Saturday, and those interested in volunteering may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is the largest single day food drive in the United States,” said Bruce Johnson, a retired Gloucester letter carrier who continues to help coordinate NALC Branch 25’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Cape Ann. “The timing is crucial because food pantries can face shortages in the spring and summer months after a long winter, and most school programs are not available in the summer. It’s a good time to fill the shelves at the food pantries.”
If you live outside the above communities, contact your local post office to learn if they are participating in Stamp Out Hunger.
More information about The Open Door is available at FOODPANTRY.org.