On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will partner with the National Association of Letter Carriers to host the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The nationwide one-day food drive is in its 22nd year after having collected more than 74 million pounds of food in across the country in 2013.
“Too many people in this country are still going hungry every day,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “As letter carriers, we see this firsthand in just about every community we serve. But we aren’t the type of folks who simply move on to the next delivery and hope someone else will do something about it. Instead, for more than two decades now, our members have taken the lead in the effort to help solve this ongoing national problem.”
Participating in the food drive is simple. If they subscribe to The Advocate, residents can use the special Stamp Out Hunger bags delivered with their papers prior to May 10th. However, any bag or container will suffice. Canned food items can be left by the mailbox on Saturday; the letter carriers will collect the food items and bring them to the food bank.
“This food drive comes at a crucial time for your Food Bank, especially this year,” said Mike Manning, CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. “With children out of school and unable to access school lunch programs during the summer, the demand for food increases. This drive plays a vital role in giving us a head start on stocking the Food Bank’s shelves for those difficult summer months ahead.”