|Wed, Sep 17, 2014 03:38 PM
|Issue of September 10, 2014
May 07, 2014 | 10:13 AM
Letter carriers throughout Indiana will help to Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday as part of their 22nd annual food drive benefiting the state's food banks.
For the first time, letter carriers with the Corydon Post Office will participate, with donations going to Harrison County Community Services.
Daniel Harmon, one of the Corydon letter carriers, said 11 of the routes at the Corydon Post Office will participate. Those carriers will distribute cards and bags to their customers tomorrow (Thursday).
"We've actually picked up some (donations) based on what New Albany's letter carriers have done," Harmon said.
JayC Plus Store in Corydon donated enough bags for the 6,000 customers, and the staff at Harrison County Community Services stapled the cards to the bags.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive has a partnership with Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Last year, letter carriers collected more than 74 million pounds of food, feeding an estimated 30 million people nationally. Through the course of its 21-year history, the drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food.
"Our letter carriers are on the streets and in the community every day and they see firsthand how families are struggling to put food on the table," John Tripplett, president of the Indiana NALC, said. "These are not only our customers, they are our neighbors and friends, and we are proud to help in this worthy effort."
In Indiana, more than one million Hoosiers are unsure of where their next meal will coming from and nearly 346,000 children are food insecure.
To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup and vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to regional food banks and emergency food relief agencies.
Harmon said residents also are welcome to drop off non-perishable food donations at the Corydon Post Office during business hours.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country's oldest labor unions.