This spring on May 14, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive returns in full effect, as the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) works together with Metropolitan Ministries, the campaign’s official 2022 Florida benefiting nonprofit for Hillsborough County.
For 30 years, NALC has conducted the largest one-day food drive in the country, collecting nonperishable food donations along postal routes, according to a news release.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts over the past two years took a different approach, utilizing online fundraising strategies to ensure the needs of communities were still met as best it could.
The local NALC has named Metropolitan Ministries as this year’s benefiting local nonprofit for the food drive, stating, in the release: “The decision to partner with Metro was an easy choice. Keeping the food in our community and being a big part of Metro’s wonderful work in the Tampa Bay area is important to us.”
“This food drive could not have come at a better time,” said Metropolitan Ministries President and CEO Tim Marks. “After providing two years of COVID relief and a demanding holiday season our shelves are nearly bare, and we need the community’s help to feed hungry families in the Tampa Bay area.”
As mail is delivered on May 14, letter carriers will collect the donations that residents leave near their mailboxes
People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.
All food donations stay in each community and go to help local residents.
Published May 11, 2022
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