CAMDEN, N.J., May 7 /PRNewswire/ — Saturday, May 11, will mark the 10th
annual Stamp Out Hunger! food drive of the National Association of Letter
Carriers (NALC). The nation’s largest one-day food drive has collected more
than 460 million pounds of food, delivering meaningful parcels each year to
those in need. Campbell Soup Company is donating 1 million pounds of food to
kick off the 2002 initiative, and the nation’s letter carriers will go door to
door seeking donations from generous Americans.
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To help Stamp out Hunger! on May 11, simply leave a sturdy bag containing
non-perishable foods like canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or
cereal, next to your mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery. The
nation’s 240,000 letter carriers will do the rest ? collecting the donations
and delivering them to food banks and pantries in their local communities.
Participation in Stamp Out Hunger! is an easy and convenient way to help
alleviate hunger in the more than 10,000 local cities and towns in all 50
states and U.S. jurisdictions where letter carriers work each day.
“This 10th anniversary marks a milestone for the Stamp Out Hunger!
campaign and the fight against hunger here in the U.S.,” said Andrew Hughson,
president, Campbell Soup Company. “We hope all Americans will help their
neighbors in need with a food donation on May 11. Donations will have a real
impact on local communities, especially in summertime when many food banks are
running particularly low on supplies.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 31
million Americans do not know where their next meal will come from. And,
according to Bread For the World, 19 million adults and 12 million children in
the United States live in households that struggle to buy needed food, often
forcing families to eat nutritionally poor diets.
To encourage postal customers to donate food on May 11, Campbell and the
United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Priority Mail division sponsored the
production of a reminder postcard being mailed by the USPS to nearly 100
million homes. This mailing to generate awareness and participation for Stamp
Out Hunger! is one of the five largest mailings in the country, according to
the USPS, behind the U.S. census and federal income tax forms.
“The more than 240,000 letter carriers across the country are proud to
serve the communities that we walk through every day,” said Vincent R.
Sombrotto, NALC president. “Serious hunger affects many of our neighbors, but
with food donations from our customers on May 11, and the help of Campbell
Soup Company, we can make a tangible difference in the fight against hunger.”
For more information about Stamp Out Hunger! in your community, ask your
letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit www.nalc.org .
SOURCE Campbell Soup Company