It’s that time of year again. The 30th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is set for Saturday, May 14. The event, organized, by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is the country’s largest single-day food drive.
The drive is hosted by local letter carriers. All food items collected in Stillwater will be donated to The Salvation Army and Our Daily Bread. To participate, residents are encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before mail delivery on Saturday, May 14.
“The need for food assistance is greater than ever,” Ruth Cavins, United Way of Payne County executive director, said. “Children, seniors and hardworking families in our community rely on food donations year-round. Together, we can stamp out hunger in Payne County.”
Brenden Swan, a Stillwater letter carrier who helps organize the drive, says donations were severely diminished in 2020 because of the pandemic. The event was cancelled in 2021.
“Before the pandemic, our letter carriers collected more than 20,000 pounds of donations each year,” Swan said. “We’re hoping to come back strong this year to meet or exceed that number.”
If you have a P.O. Box or miss your letter carrier, there will be bins in the lobby at the post office, 809 S Lewis St; Homeland, 421 N Main St; and Postal Pack and Ship Plus, 601 S Washington St.
Perkins and Cushing letter carriers are also participating in this years’ food drive to benefit their local food pantries.
According to the Regional Food Bank, Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation and one in five families in Payne County are food insecure. The NALC says that 45 million Americans, including 15 million children, are food insecure.
Suggested non-perishable items to donate include canned goods (meats, fruits or vegetables), pasta, rice, soups, peanut butter, granola bars, cereal, nuts, beans, olive oil and dried fruit.
The United Way of Payne County helps promote the food drive each year. For more information, contact the United Way at 405-377-2161, learn more at www.unitedwaypaynecounty.org or stop by the office at 109 E. Ninth Ave.
The United Way has been serving the Payne County community for 70 years. They invest donated dollars in their 22 nonprofit, partner agencies to improve the health, education and financial stability of every citizen in Payne County.