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Stamp Out Hunger: Bay State Expected to Help Out by the Millions

Local letter carriers will be scrambling on Saturday picking up nonperishable food donations for the nation's largest one-day annual food drive. (National Association of Letter Carriers)
Local letter carriers will be scrambling on Saturday picking up nonperishable food donations for the nation's largest one-day annual food drive. (National Association of Letter Carriers)
May 9, 2016

BOSTON – Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest one-day, charitable food drive, and coming up this weekend, Bay Staters are expected to help out with millions of pounds of food, once again.

Rick DiCecca, regional administrative assistant for the National Association of Letter Carriers, says families in Massachusetts and all across New England have historically played a major role in this annual food drive.

"Last year alone, Massachusetts collected just over 1.5 million pounds of food, which makes a significant dent in filling the shelves of local pantries throughout the state," he states.

DeCecca says food uncertainty impacts 1 in 6 Americans, even though many are in households where at least one person is working.

Bay Staters are encouraged to leave a bag of nonperishable food items on their front porch or at their mailbox for collection on Saturday.

This is the 24th year the U.S. Postal Service workers have teamed up with sponsors, including the United Way Worldwide, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and the AFL-CIO.

Over those years, they have collected nearly 1.5 billion pounds of food for those in need, and DiCecca notes it comes just in time for summer, when children are on vacation and can't rely on school meal programs.

"Started it because we go to every household every day, we see people struggling to make ends meet,” he explains. “We're a resource where we can collect thousands of pounds of food in a single day, at the time of year where food pantry shelves are pretty bare."

DiCecca says the drive has historically happened on Mother's Day, so postal workers were prepared to pick up food donations left early.

Saturday will be busy, so he says if your donation doesn't get picked up, just contact your local Post Office and someone will be sure to collect it.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - MA