Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Stamp Out Hunger on May 12!

Postal Carriers Enlist Public Support to Stamp Out Hunger

Largest single-day food drive to support families at risk of hunger to take place across the Bay Area and the nation on Saturday, May 12

 On Saturday, May 12, people from across the country will partner with their letter carriers to help “Stamp Out Hunger.” Now in its 20th year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the largest single-day effort to combat hunger in America and the largest single-day food drive for food banks in the Bay Area.

To participate, residents are asked to place a sturdy bag of non-perishable food items like peanut butter, pasta, rice, low-sugar cereal, and canned foods such as tuna, meat, stew, soup, and vegetables, by their mailbox before their mail is delivered on Saturday, May 12.  Letter carriers will collect the food items and deliver them to their local food bank to then be distributed to the community to help those at risk of hunger.

Last year, the Bay Area Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected more than 1 million pounds of food for those in need.  In 2011, drive organizers across the country collected more than 70 million pounds of total food donations for the eighth consecutive year.

Despite the generosity of millions of Americans who have supported the letter carriers' food drive in previous years, the need for food assistance still exists for many families. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, nearly 49 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, are struggling with hunger.

“Bay Area food banks serve over 600,000 Bay Area residents monthly. Because of the generous support the community provides during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, we can help our neighbors in need,” said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Learn More About the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

To visit your local Food Bank on May 12, please contact the appropriate food bank representative below. 

Bay Area Food Banks - Media Contacts

Alameda County Community Food Bank
Michael Altfest -  

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Lisa Sherrill -

Redwood Empire Food Bank (Sonoma County)
Lee Bickley -

San Francisco Food Bank 
Robin Woodland -

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Caitlin Kerk -