This Saturday, May 13, letter carriers and the U.S. Postal Service will be joining together to help raise food for local hunger-relief organizations in thousands of communities across the U.S. The annual Stamp out Hunger food drive remains the largest single day food drive in the country.
Here in New Mexico, the National Association of Letter Carriers is anticipating participation from 15 communities, including: Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Artesia, Belen, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, Roswell, T or C, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, and Silver City.
Those who want to participate can fill any sturdy bag or box with non-perishable food items and leave it near their mailbox before mail delivery on Sat., May 13
Letter carriers will pick up food donations on Saturday to provide to a hunger-relief organization in their community. In Albuquerque, Roadrunner Food Bank will benefit from the food collected. Last spring, the food drive in Albuquerque raised nearly 150,000 pounds of food.
“To see such an outpouring of support year after year is truly humbling. We are honored to be a recipient of this food and are grateful the community continues to respond in such a meaningful way. Their actions help us prepare for the summer months when hunger is often higher for families with children. On behalf of our entire staff, our sincerest thanks to our letter carriers, the United States Postal Service and our community who make this food drive a reality.” Said President and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank Mag Strittmatter,.
More than 285,000 New Mexicans, or 13.5 percent of the state’s population is at-risk of hunger According to Feeding America.
Blue plastic bags will be distributed in mailboxes in Albuquerque throughout the week leading up to the food drive.
Types of non-perishable food items requested include canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice, boxed meals and other food items. Visit this link for a complete list of suggested food items to donate, or rrfb.org for additional information about the food drive.
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