Always wanted to donate but weren’t able to drop off your items at a food pantry or stop by a food drive? This Saturday, it’ll be easy as walking to your mailbox.
The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive across the country this Saturday and in Rockland County, People to People–Rockland’s largest food pantry–is coordinating this effort with local postmasters on behalf of 11 local food pantries.
“Stamp Out Hunger helps stock food pantry shelves at a crucial time for Rockland’s hungry,” said Diane Serratore, executive director of People to People.
All you have to do is leave non perishable food in a sturdy bag next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday.
Donations can be items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, but don’t forget to check the expiration date.
Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to their post offices. Local food pantries have been notified to pick up food at assigned post offices early next week. Last year, Stamp out Hunger generated more than 20,000 pounds of food.
“Many low-income parents rely on subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs to help make sure their children get the nutrition they need,” said Serratore. “During the summer months, these children are at home where three meals a day may not be readily available. That’s when these parents really need additional support from People to People and other food pantries to help put food on their tables.”
Participating food pantries include People to People, Catholic Community Services, Martin Luther King Center and eight smaller pantries associated with local houses of worship.
About People to People
People to People, Rockland’s largest food pantry, helps feed Rockland’s hungry by providing more than 1,100 families with groceries, produce, dairy and meat or poultry products every month. In addition, People to People works to help an ever-increasing number of struggling Rocklanders through difficult times with dignity by providing clothing, school supplies, refurbished computers and other support.
For more information, contact Diane Serratore at 845-623-4913 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.