Donating food to those in need has never been easier — bag some nonperishable food and walk to your mailbox.
According to the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and has netted more than 1 billion pounds of food since 1993. Last year, more than 73 million pounds of food were collected nationally, with more than 300,000 pounds collected in metro Atlanta.
Customers can leave nonperishable food donations in a bag in or near their mailbox Saturday, May 12, before their letter carriers arrive. Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community food banks and food pantries for distribution.
All nonperishable donations are welcome, but foods that are high in protein, such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100 percent fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.