ECCF and EBSCO Publishing Partner to Support the U.S. Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Each year on the second Saturday of May, mail carriers across the country volunteer their time to collect food donations for the food pantries and soup kitchens in their communities. In 2011, this national drive provided 70.2 million pounds of food to help feed hungry families throughout the country. Celebrating its 20th year, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collects food at a crucial time of year- stocking pantry shelves with nonperishable food items for the summer months ahead.
This year ECCF is partnering with EBSCO Publishing of Ipswich, MA to supply grocery bags to encourage the donation of food for the drive. Joining Campbells Soup Company, International Paper, AARP and Publix grocery stores who provide bags in other regions of the country, ECCF and EBSCO will provide 169,000 bags for participating Letter Carriers to deliver to residents along their routes. The bags help make donating easy and fun.
ECCF has provided the bags as part of its Hunger Initiative for the past three years which resulted in 50%-80% additional food for the County's hunger organizations. Look for your Stamp Out Hunger grocery postcard and/or bag in your mailbox during the week leading up to the May 12th pick up date, fill bag with nonperishable food items, and on Saturday May 12th leave it by your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up. And if you see your mail carrier, don't forget to thank him or her for helping us stamp out hunger in Essex County!
If you don't receive a postcard or bag, you can still participate by donating to your local food pantry. Go to http://www.essexcountyhungerrelief.org to find a food pantry or soup kitchen near you.