If you want a US Postal Service letter carrier to pick up a package, you usually need to apply the appropriate postage.
On Saturdays, you can leave a bag or a box of donated non-perishable food in your mailbox, with no postage required.
The US Postal Service will pick up donated food during its 30th Annual Stamped Out Hunger Food Drive. After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, it is running again.
According to Postal Service Safety Engagement Leader Jamie Wright, the Stamp Out hunger event is the largest single-day food drive in the country.
“The Postal Service is uniquely qualified to help. Our letter carriers go to every address in the country, and they are eager to help their neighbors,” said Wright. To put food for residents in mailboxes There will be a bag and a label. People can put non-perishable foods in a bag or their own container or box and leave them next to their mailbox.
Items such as canned soup, canned meat and fish, canned vegetables and canned food such as cereals, oatmeal, pasta and rice can be donated.
Food collected by postal workers goes back to the communities where it was collected.
The food collected in the Northeast San Fernando Valley will go to the non-profit organization Meet Her Need with Dignity (MEND). Mend helps those in need in the northeastern San Fernando Valley.
The pandemic has hit food banks badly and MEND is hoping for some relief during the stamped out hunger.
David Hernandez, program manager for Community Nutrition, said, “With the pandemic, we still have received donations, but the problem is that we are missing out on many key items with low sodium and high protein, which are the most expensive and most important. ” Program for Mend. “We have many people who are displaced or homeless who find it difficult to afford their grocery bills because of inflation. Most staple items are more expensive, which makes it difficult for people to buy them. In summer our kids are not in school so the grocery bill goes up a lot because kids are at home. This is a whole bunch of welcome food that the people of Pacoima and all of America need'”
The mend provides about 600 bags of food which feeds about 2500 people every week. Mend will combine non-perishable food from the event and combine it with other food items to make nutritious meals for those in need.
Mend President and CEO Janet Marinaccio said: “For us, this (Stamp Out Hunger) is really important, especially for the summer. A lot of the families we serve have kids. Those kids often Schools get free and low-cost meals, and they often don’t get breakfast and lunch when they’re not in school. Getting this extra meal helps families bridge that gap. There is also a time when all donations are reduced because people are enjoying their summer, visiting, and holidaying.’
She continued: “It really helps us stock the food bank at large for the summer to make sure that when people come over, we can get what our customers say are good things. Our employees do a phenomenal job of putting together balanced meals, and our team is committed to always putting together a balance bag or can of food with proteins, starches, and vegetables. That we’re making food popular with kids and our customers with culturally relevant food.”
Mend has partnered with Stamp Out Hunger over the years, saying, “Cumulatively we’ve gotten probably a million pounds or more of food from the community through Stamp Out Hunger, and that goes directly back to the people in the community who really need it.” I need it. Every person who comes through will receive about 50 pounds of food,” said Chanya Blumenkrantz, Mend’s chief development officer. During its 29-year history, Stamped Out Hunger Food Drives nationwide have sold 1.88 pounds of food. Over a billion pounds of food has been collected.