May 6, 2013
Okie dokie guys, this Saturday is the day - Stamp out Hunger is May 11th! I’ve been giving you a weekly reminder to gather your donations – I hope you guys are all ready. As a reminder, this is possibly the easiest way to donate to those in need in YOUR community!
All you have to do is leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, like canned Campbell’s soups, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox before the time of your regular mail delivery. Your letter carrier will then collect the donations and deliver them to food banks and pantries in your local community.
Just make sure the food is non-perishable, in non-breakable containers and just have it ready and at your mailbox before your letter carrier arrives.
You don’t have to give a ton to participate. Everything makes a difference. Whether you offer up a couple of cans of soup or 4 bags filled to the top – your donation will make a difference to someone in need. Keep in mind that often those in need are the young and the elderly. I am going to share the statistic I posted before. I think this really drives home why your participation is so important.
Check out these statistics about hunger here in America:
50 million or 1 in 6 Americans live in food insecure households
- Food insecurity means not knowing where the next meal will come from.
17 million or 1 in 5 are children
- Nearly 20% of children live in food insecure households. Food insecurity is associated with grade repetition, absenteeism, anxiety, aggression, poor math scores, difficulty with social interaction, and ultimately poor health.
3 million are seniors over age 65
- Seniors in food insecure households must sometimes decide between paying for food and paying for medicine.
The food letter carriers collect helps during summer months
- They are able to provide assistance when school is out and free breakfasts/lunches are not available.
Get your bag ready and join me in helping this great cause. Let’s make this the biggest donation year ever!