Leon County Residents Can Help “Stamp Out Hunger” This Saturday
After a two-year pandemic pause, Stamp Out Hunger Returns in 2022
Tallahassee, Fla. – This Saturday, May 14, Leon County residents are encouraged to “Stamp Out Hunger” by leaving nonperishable food items near their mailboxes for mail carriers to collect and donate to local food bank, Second Harvest of the Big Bend.
According to the United Way of Florida’s ALICE® report, in the Big Bend, 37% of families are living paycheck-to-paycheck–just above the federal poverty level–and are struggling to cover basic living expenses, including food. When school lets out in a few weeks, the need will be even greater. Without school breakfasts or lunches, far too many children will be hungry during the summer months.
For the past 30 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers has partnered with local food banks like Second Harvest for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. As the largest, single-day national food drive, it is a simple and effective way to get involved and help fight food insecurity in our region.
“We’re grateful to our postal workers and to the entire community for having such big hearts. With their support, we can provide healthy, nutritious meals to needy families and help children have a hunger-free summer,” said Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s director of communications, Shari Hubbard.
To participate in the 30th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, Leon County residents should leave a bag of nonperishable food near their mailboxes before their mail carrier arrives on Saturday. All donations will be collected by letter carriers, and distributed to Second Harvest food bank. While any type of unopened, nonperishable food is welcome, canned goods (protein, fruits, vegetables, soups, stews) and cereal are Second Harvest’s greatest current needs. If you’re unable to donate food on Saturday, please visit www.fightinghunger.org to make a monetary donation – for every $10 you give, Second Harvest can provide up to 40 meals.
About Second Harvest of the Big Bend Food Bank
Second Harvest food bank’s mission is to advance change by feeding the hungry and educating and engaging the community in the fight to end hunger. In 2021, Second Harvest distributed 13.8 million pounds of nutritious food in the Big Bend—enough to provide 11.5 meals. For more information, please visit www.FightingHunger.org.