This Saturday, May 12, is the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. I try to remind you about this drive every year because it is one of the easiest ways to donate to your local food bank. All you have to do is open your pantry, pull out some non-perishable food (even one item would be helpful), and leave it by your mailbox. Your local letter carrier will pick it up and make sure it gets to a local food bank.

In my region, food will go to The Food Bank of South Jersey. My husband and I, along with our two sons, will be heading there on Saturday afternoon to help out as the food collected by local postal carriers begins to arrive. It’s one way we can help the food bank take care of the more than 100,000 people it serves each year in our region.

Nearly 49 million Americans face hunger daily. Local food banks are vital in helping to alleviate that hunger. In fact, at the top of The Food Bank of South Jersey’s website is the tagline, “The cure for hunger is food.” The food you donate to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive could cure someone’s hunger for a day. I can’t imagine why anyone with the means to do so wouldn’t want the chance to be able help alleviate someone’s hunger, and Stamp Out Hunger makes it so easy.

If you’re donating, please remember these two simple guidelines: when you donate your non-perishables, make sure they are not past their expiration date and please don’t donate anything in glass. With the mail carriers collecting so much food, it would only take one accidentally broken bottle to ruin several bags of food.

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