The annual ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive conducted by the U.S. Post Office letter carriers is scheduled for this Saturday, May 10.
Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. Donations may be left near mailboxes, and letter carriers will pick them up as they deliver mail. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.
Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters, assisted by volunteers from other local unions.
The Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove Post Offices will be accepting donations during the week leading up to food drive as well as on Saturday, according to Gays Mills Postmaster Diane Roy.
Locally, food collected by the rural carriers and at local post offices will be donated to the Gays Mills Area Food Pantry. Last year, rural carriers and the Soldiers Grove and Gays Mills Post Offices amassed almost a ton of food (1,931 pounds) for the pantry.
For those who are unable to physically donate nonperishable food products this Saturday, but wish to make a donation, Gays Mills Area Food Pantry Manager Sue Fry can be reached at 608-485-0541. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can send it to Gays Mills Area Food Pantry PO Box 111 Gays Mills, WI 54631.
‘Stamp Out Hunger’ is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
People who have questions about the drive should ask their letter carrier or go to www.helpstampouthunger.com.