COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina Letter Carriers will be collecting food donations with their regular mail pickups Saturday during the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
The annual drive is coordinated by the National Association of Letter Carriers to provide hunger relief for Americans across the country. Donations collected in the Midlands will support Harvest Hope Food Bank, which serves 20 counties.
Postal customers are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag of non-perishable foods next to their mailboxes before their regular mail delivery time Saturday. Letter carriers will collect the donations as they deliver the mail and Harvest Hope staff and volunteers will collect the donated food from area post offices.
“We know that when schools let out later this month so many families will need help putting extra meals on their tables for the summer months, and the Stamp Out Hunger drive really helps us prepare to meet their needs right away,” said Harvest Hope CEO Denise Holland.
Ideal foods include canned vegetables, canned meat, soup, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal. Donors should check the items' expiration dates to make sure the food is fresh.
Last year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected 173,296 pounds of food, enough to provide 133,300 meals. Of that amount, 85,560 pounds was collected in the Midlands, 75,154 pounds in the upstate and 15,582 in the Pee Dee.
“We take every opportunity we can to offer our sincere thanks to the Letter Carriers and the community they serve, for this, our largest annual food donation,” Holland said.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food nationally during its 21-year history.