The local United Way and National Association of Letter Carriers invites you to join in America’s greatest day of giving and help fight to end hunger. Saturday, May 12 marks the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food drive, the Nation’s largest single-day food drive, with an event kick-off on Tuesday, May 8 at 8 a.m. at the Post Office located at Bon Harbor.
Participating in this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non- perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12 and your letter carrier will do the rest. All food collected stays here in our community. This year United Way has set a goal to collect 35,000 pounds of food for our local community.
Last year 33,071 pounds of food was collected by the US Postal Service in Daviess County. Under the umbrella of Branch 234 and throughout Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties a total of 35,881 pounds was collected. Food collected in each county stays in that county to fill the shelves of local pantries. (Daviess 33,071 pounds; Hancock 45 pounds; McLean 300 pounds; Ohio 1,265 pounds; Union 400 pounds; & Webster 800 pounds.)
For more information about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive please call Amy Nonweiler at (270) 993-7789.
Statistics on Hunger in America:
- Over 43 million or 1 in 7 Americans is food insecure
- Over 13 million or 1 in 6 children is living in a food insecure household
- Over 5 million seniors (age 60+) choose between paying rent, utilities and having enough nutritious food
- 1 in 7 Americans live at or below the poverty level
- The poverty level is $24,447 for a family of four in 2016.
- 1 in 5 households served by Feeding America has a member who has served in the US military
- 1 in 10 adults served by Feeding America is currently a student
- 1 in 3 households served by Feeding America has a member with diabetes