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NH Looks to Make Up Lost Ground in "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive

Letter carriers in New Hampshire are hoping for a lot of heavy lifting on Saturday as they collect bags of nonperishable food for local food pantries on their mail routes. (National Letter Carriers Association).
Letter carriers in New Hampshire are hoping for a lot of heavy lifting on Saturday as they collect bags of nonperishable food for local food pantries on their mail routes. (National Letter Carriers Association).
May 9, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. – Granite Staters can expect a postcard in the mail this week, a reminder that local letter carriers are hoping to pick up lots of bags of nonperishable food donations when they deliver the mail on Saturday

The day marks the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the largest single-day event of its kind in the nation.

Rick DiCecca, regional administrative assistant of the National Association of Letter Carriers, says the Granite State will be working to make up some lost ground, after a relatively poor showing last year.

"Last year, we only collected about 60,000 pounds, which was, believe it or not, 200,000 pounds less than the prior year,” he explains. “We lost a major sponsor last year, and in the State of New Hampshire, it really took a toll. So, we have a lot of work to do there this year."

DiCecca says the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union stepped in to fill the gap and is playing a major role in this year's food drive, along with the U.S. Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association.

All you have to do to participate is leave a bag of nonperishable food items on your front stoop or at your mailbox on Saturday.

DiCecca says hunger impacts people all across New England, even when one member of their household has a job, and the food collected stays in the area to help local families.

He points out food pantries tend to go wanting this time of year, and there is no shortage of need.

"One in five households with veterans need food, go to pantries every day,” he states. “A lot of hungry people, and we can make a big dent in that."

The Stamp Out Hunger Drive has usually been held on Mother's Day, so he adds local postal workers were already on the lookout over the weekend for donations people might have left out early.

On Saturday, if you leave food out and it isn't collected, you can take it to your local Post Office or contact the office, and someone will arrange to pick it up.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH