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America's Largest Food Drive Looks to Stamp Out Hunger

PHOTO: Letter carriers across the state and the nation will be picking up food donations left by mailboxes on Saturday. "Stamp Out Hunger" is the largest one day food drive in the nation.
PHOTO: Letter carriers across the state and the nation will be picking up food donations left by mailboxes on Saturday. "Stamp Out Hunger" is the largest one day food drive in the nation.
May 10, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas – What is known as America's largest one-day food drive is set for Saturday.

Carmel Perez Snyder, associate state director for outreach with AARP Texas, says to take part, you just need to leave a bag of food by your mailbox and on Saturday your letter carrier will grab it.

"We team up with letter carriers across the country,” she says. “They pick up bags of non-perishable food products left for them at their usual mail routes, and those food donations go to local food banks and pantries."

Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception.

Snyder says the extra donations are really needed this time of year, as children from struggling families will soon be on vacation and many won't have access to free or reduced-price school meals.

"Traditionally, summer is a low donation time for food pantries,” she says. “And they really depend on this last push in May to make it through the summer. So it's a critical time of the year for them to get this extra donation."

Snyder says donations should be of nutritious non-perishable food products – and a special note: anything in a glass container cannot be accepted.

"We're not talking junk food,” she says. “And we're not talking about cleaning out your pantry of things that you haven't eaten. It's things that you would normally eat and you think other folks could also use."

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly one-in-five Texas households have times when they don't know where their next meal is coming from, including many senior citizens and children. That rate of food insecurity is among the highest in the nation.





John Michaelson, Public News Service - TX