Go Postal Tomorrow and Donate Food
Here’s a no-brainer: While brewing coffee tomorrow (Saturday) morning, open the cabinets and take a look at what you’ve been meaning to eat down. Pull the stuff from the shelves and fill a shopping bag.
Walk outside and place your bag of non-perishables by the front door or wherever your postal carrier drops off the mail. And that’s it -- you’ve done your good deed for the day.
It’s all part of the 17th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive, hosted by The National Association of Letter Carriers and the US Postal Service. While delivering your mail tomorrow, those postal elves will also pick up your donations, which will be distributed to various food banks and pantries in your area.
More than 73 million pounds of food were collected during last year’s food drive, and the elves are hoping to do even better this year, when the number of hungry Americans has climbed to a historical high.
According to the Food Research and Action Center, as of February, (the most recent statistics available), more than 32.5 million people were receiving federal food assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is the highest number on record.
A December 2008 survey conducted by hunger relief organization Feeding America indicates a 30 percent spike in demand for emergency food assistance, which includes food banks, pantries and soup kitchens.
To say that your donations are urgently needed is an understatement. Who needs six cans of garbanzo beans, anyway?
So about Saturday: Nothing expired or in glass. Yes to unopened pasta, rice and whole grains, cereal and canned tuna, soup, tomato puree. You get the idea. Who needs a Twitter wake up call in the morning?
P.S. While typing this piece, I stepped out to retrieve the mail; in my mailbox was a blue plastic handle bag issued by the USPS specifically for the food drive. NOW you really don't have an excuse...
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