FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — People across the country are being asked to participate in an annual national Food Drive.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is conducting its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Fort Wayne on Saturday, May 11. This is the country’s largest single-day food drive.
During the event, residents leave their donation of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before their mail is delivered on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect these donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute to local sites.
In Fort Wayne, the donation is given to Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County’s Food Bank to distribute to it’s 25 food pantries.
“This is a labor of love for letter carriers, and we are proud to see how it has grown in impact over the years,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It’s an honor to be able to help people in need all across the country—and to do so in a way that brings out the best in so many Americans.”
In 2018, letter carriers collected over 234,277 lbs of food in to help feed needy families. Event organizers say that helped sustain the Associated Churches Food Bank for 6 months.
The NALC says while all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.
Most-wanted foods include:
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)
- Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
- Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils)
- Pasta, rice cereal
- Canned fruits
- 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
- Canned vegetables
- Cooking oil
- Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads)
WHAT NOT TO GIVE:
- Rusty or unlabeled cans
- Glass containers
- Perishable items
- Homemade items
- Expired items
- Noncommercial canned or packaged items
- Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda
- Open or used items.
Volunteers are still needed to help sort and organize food at the drop-off sites. People wanting to volunteer can call 260-422-3528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.