Stamp out Hunger at your mailbox Saturday, May 14

The Marble Falls Post Office is asking the support of Marble Falls and Granite Shoals on May 14, as it joins America’s letter carriers to conduct the nation’s largest single-day food drive—Stamp Out Hunger.

The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to support local food banks and the 48 million Americans who struggle with hunger.

Burnet County residents can join the Marble Falls Post Office and help Stamp Out Hunger by simply collecting non-perishable food items and leaving them in a sturdy bag near their mailboxes on May 14. A letter carrier will collect the donations and deliver them to local food banks and pantries, including the The Helping Center and Joseph’s Pantry. Items will then be distributed to those facing hunger right here in Burnet County.

Stamp Out Hunger is like no other food drive,” said Postmaster Alan Smith. “It allows every community across the country to collectively come together on one day to do their part to fight hunger. We are so grateful to community members who donate non-perishable items and for the letter carriers who take the time to collect each bag to help fight hunger in Marble Falls and Granite Shoals.”

This year's Stamp Out Hunger headlined its appeal: High Rates of food-insecurity call for community support.

"Hunger affects every community in the country,” said Fredric Rolando, NALC president. “At least six days a week, our letter carriers are a local touch point in communities everywhere and we are thrilled to be able to support our neighbors in need though the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.”

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year. For 24 years, the Marble Falls Post Office and local letter carriers have worked together to contribute to the national food drive, delivering food donated here in our community to help those in need.

Residents outside Marble Falls, Granite Shoals and Burnet may deliver food stuffs to an area post office to be shared.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year, letter carriers collected over 70 million pounds of food donations to be donated to their local food bank and pantries.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. The AFL-CIO, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way, Valassis, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Valpak are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

 

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