U.S. Post Office workers from all over the country will be taking part in the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday. U.S. Postal Service Andrea Malena is the food drive coordinator in Omaha and says mail customers are asked to take part by donating.
Malena says mail customers are asked to fill a bag of nonperishable food items and place them by their mailbox Saturday morning. Their letter carrier will collect those bags while making their rounds and return the food to local post offices. The food will be sorted and distributed to local food pantries in their own communities.
Malena says, “It is a very busy day but we service our community six and sometimes seven days a week and this is our way of giving back to our communities.”
The U.S. Postal Service reports that thousands of our neighbors are considered food insecure and don’t often know where their next meal will come from. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one day food drive and in the past 25 years collected more than 1.5-billion pounds of food. It comes at an important time when food banks and pantries are low on supplies. It is also the time of year when demand is high because school will be out soon and children will no longer be eating meals there. Malena says products like peanut butter and macaroni and cheese are items food pantries need most.
The food collected in Omaha this year will benefit food pantries operated by the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Siena/Francis House and the Stephen Center. Last year more than 320,000 pounds of food was collected during the one day drive.