The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 4, 2013

READER'S LETTER: Help letter carriers 'Stamp Out Hunger'

Letter to the Editor

---- — Every year the National Association of Letter Carriers joins with its local community food banks to coordinate the nations’ largest one day food drive.

More than 1,400 branches across the country participate to help feed the hungry. With every bag, letter carriers “Stamp Out Hunger.”

Every day millions of Americans face hunger or are food insecure. With the downturn in the economy and the loss of good-paying jobs, the need becomes greater each year. Currently there are 50 million Americans, or 1 in 6, who don’t have enough money for food. This includes the young, old, sick, abandoned and the working poor.

There are 33 million adults, 4 million seniors and 17 million children who face hunger in this country everyday. This time last year, 1.5 million seniors were food insecure. With the downturn in the economy this number has doubled.

In addition donations, from the winter months are running low and the school programs that feed children are ending for the summer months. In this great land, even one child that goes to bed hungry should be unacceptable.

It is why the National Association of Letter Carriers come together with volunteers to carry out the nation’s largest one-day food drive the second Saturday in May of each year.

Letter carriers have made it easy to participate. Just place any nonperishable food item by your mailbox and the letter carriers and their volunteers will do the rest. All food collected stays in your area to feed your hungry. Remember, behind each can or bag of food is a genuine need, a desperate hunger.

Items needed for this food drive include canned meat/fish, fruits, vegetables, soup, dry milk, juice, cereal, pasta and peanut butter. Other items also needed are disposable diapers, baby food and juice, laundry soap, toilet paper, tissues, dish soap, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, cleaning supplies and toothpaste.

In 2012, over 70 million pounds of food was collected nationally. Locally, over 26,000 pounds of food was collected and given to area food banks. This brings a grand total of almost 400,000 pounds collected over the past 18 years.

If you would like to make a cash donation, please make out a check to your local pantry, the Salvation Army or the Benevolent Society. Local communities participating this year include Clinton, Camanche, DeWitt, Bryant, Goose Lake, Andover, Charlotte and Low Moor in Iowa and Hillsdale, Fulton, Albany, Port Byron, Tampico and Prophetstown in Illinois. Won’t you help your letter carrier to “Stamp Out Hunger?”

Cindi Kusk,

Branch 126 Food Branch Coordinator