Clean Out Those Cabinets: Stamp Out Hunger is Saturday | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Check your mailbox! The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is Saturday and letter carriers have been dropping off donation bags at homes all over the First Coast this week.
This is the 20th year of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive.
The donation drive is designed to make giving easy. All people have to do is put some non-perishable food in a bag and leave it by their mailboxes Saturday. Postal workers will take the donations and transport them to Second Harvest of North Florida.
"All we're asking the community to do is put some cans of fruit, vegetables, meat in those bags, put them right back out next to the mailbox where it was left in the first place," explained Bruce Ganger, Executive Director of Second Harvest. "It's very easy. It's almost like doing a food drive in every home in Duval County."
Ganger said Stamp Out Hunger comes at a critical time for Second Harvest.
"We have a lot of empty pallets around the food bank. In the eight months I've been here, this is the lowest I've ever seen the inventory of food and as we get close to the beginning of summer, kids are out of school - the demand is going to significantly spike," Ganger shared.
He said many children who eat meals at school will now have to shift to eating at home more often and that puts extra strain on struggling families.
To participate, you do not need a special Stamp Out Hunger donation bag. Just leave a bag of food near your mailbox on Saturday, May 12.