Nearly 16% of Nebraskans reported at least one time in the past 12 months they did not have enough money to buy food. Andrea Melena is the Food Drive Coordinator for the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 5 in Omaha and says that is why they hold the “Stamp Out Hunger” food collection every year.
Melena says letter carriers are in neighborhoods six days a week and see first hand that many families are in need of help. She says this is the time of year that many families will struggle to put food on the table. School will be out soon for the summer and children will not have access to free or reduced price school lunch. She says it isn’t just children who are in need. There are many elderly living on fixed incomes and with the high cost of food they often have to choose between eating and medication.
Melena asks that all Nebraskans put a bag of nonperishable food by their mailbox before the carrier comes on Saturday. If you have a post office box donation barrels will be located inside your post office. The food will be distributed to local food pantries.