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Letter carriers’ food drive with United Way is Saturday

FLINT — On Saturday, May 13, United Way of Genesee County, serving Shiawassee County will join with our long-term partner, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for the 31st annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.

This is the largest, single-day food drive in the nation, and an easy way to make a difference in your community. To donate, residents can place nonperishable food items next to their mailbox before the letter carrier delivers mail and the carrier will do the rest.

Event organizers recommend “If it is raining, we encourage people to put their donations in a plastic bag and tie it shut if possible but please don’t let the weather keep you from donating. People with mailboxes by the street or in apartments with group mailboxes can also place their donation inside their mailbox.”

Last year, 43.1 million pounds of food were collected through this international initiative with the support of United Way, the communities we serve, and our labor partners. Food insecurity is a critical social issue that prevents individuals, families and even communities from reaching their full potential.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is very important to local pantries and neighbors in need. In the spring, food supplies are typically lower. As schools let out for the summer, the need for additional food is greater since young students don’t have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs. And locally, nearly 1 in 5 children are at risk of going hungry.

The NALC and United Way are committed to raising visibility and advocating for solutions to end hunger in America, especially for our children. Fighting food insecurity is as easy as walking to your mailbox and leaving nonperishable items and your letter carrier will take it to your local food banks and food pantries.