Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carrier DrivePlease join us in participating in the annual Letter Carriers’ STAMP OUT HUNGER Food Drive on Saturday, May 11, 2019.  This is one of the easiest and most convenient ways you can help out our Wakefield Food Pantry and our neighbors in need — Simply leave a bag of non-perishable food items in a bag near your mailbox by 9:00 am.  The amazing letter carriers do the rest.

The most needed items at the Wakefield Food Pantry are:

  • Jarred spaghetti sauce
  • White canned tuna
  • Boxed “name brand” cereal
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned soup

Please do not donate frozen food, homemade food or home-canned items. Please do not donate items that have expired or are in glass containers. In keeping with good food-handling and food-safety procedures, food that is opened, damaged, out of code or does not have the official ingredients included will be discarded by the food bank in the sorting process.

America’s letter carriers will join thousands of volunteers on Saturday, May 11, to come to the rescue of millions of struggling families throughout the United States.   They will bring your donation to the Wakefield Food Pantry where volunteers will sort and then stack the donations in the pantry. Just set out your non-perishable food items in any bag you have available and well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time on May 11, 2019. The earlier the better! Note that your carrier will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual. Your letter carrier might also have helpers. A good rule of thumb is to have the bags by your mailbox by 9 a.m.

Letter carriers try to touch every single mailbox in America during the Food Drive, but the fact is that some households are missed. The Food Drive takes place in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. It’s an effort to raise national awareness about the real, ongoing problem of hunger in every community, and it’s a sincere attempt to use a unique delivery network to do something about it. Please note, though, that participation is strictly voluntary, and no system is perfect—oversights will occur. If your donation is not picked up, contact your local post office or simply place your donation by your mailbox on Monday instead. (Letter carriers will be picking up missed donations on Monday, too.) And of course, your local food banks and pantries will gratefully accept your donation in person.

Thank you in advance for your participation.