Mail Carriers Will Collect Food for Hunger Relief Along With Mail
The food from Stamp Out Hunger comes at a critical time for Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. As the school year draws to a close, food pantries and meal programs that get supplies from Mercer Street Friends Food Bank will see increased demand as children that receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year are home in the summer.
Most of these families, with limited financial resources, find it challenging to replace the meals that their children receive when school is in session. The non-perishable foods from the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive help Mercer Street Friends Food Bank respond to the summer’s increased demand.Ewing– Saturday, May 12, 2018, will mark the largest single-day food drive of the year across the U.S. On that day, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will attempt to “Stamp Out Hunger” across America by collecting nonperishable food donations to assist the millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on their tables every day.
Locally, members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branches 380 and 268 will collect food donations for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing, which serves all of Mercer County.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive began in 1992. Last year, letter carriers across the nation collected 75 million pounds of food donations, bringing the total donations in the 25-year history of the event to almost 1.6 billion pounds nationwide.
“More than 15% of Mercer County residents are food insecure. Nearly one-fourth of New Jersey children don’t have enough food to eat, which has a direct effect on their physical and mental health,” says Dr. Denalerie Johnson-Faniel, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank Director.
“Our youth struggle to concentrate in school, have behavioral problems and other issues that are often compounded by hunger and social/emotional trauma that Mercer Street Friends and the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank help to address. Community programs, such as Stamp Out Hunger, help us nourish families and relieve the trauma of being hungry day-to-day.”
People that wish to participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive should leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods in cans, paper, or plastic containers (not glass) next to their mailbox in time for the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12th. The list of recommended food items includes the following: canned pasta meals, canned soups, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna, chicken and salmon, dry pasta, canned beans or dry beans, peanut butter and jelly, cereal and oatmeal.
Mercer Street Friends board member Ken Blackwell and his colleagues in Beacon Princeton Executives – Networking for Life, an association of business leaders who follow the “go-giver” philosophy, will be the sponsor volunteer group for the event. They will dedicate their time and financial support to sort Stamp Out Hunger donations and assemble Send Hunger Packing (SHUP™) weekend youth meal program bags.