You won’t even need to get out of your pajamas on May 14 to help others. While you sit at the table sipping some fair trade coffee and perhaps eating some coffee cake made with fair trade sugar, your postal carrier will collect the bag of food that you’ve left to be donated to your local food bank. Sweet, right?

Stamp Out Hunger is a campaign sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. On May 14, you can place nonperishable food items in a bag and leave them by your mailbox. You mail carrier will make sure it gets delivered to local food banks and pantries. The food will help the more than 50 million Americans who are at risk of hunger.

You can keep up with Stamp Out Hunger on Facebook before and after the day to find out what’s going on with the drive.

World Fair Trade Day is on the same day. It’s a global Fair Trade Festival that happens on the second Saturday of May each year. Anyone anywhere in the world can create an event that promotes fair trade and the events are published on the World Fair Trade Day website.

You can join one of these events, or you can create you own little festival right in your kitchen with fair trade coffee or tea for breakfast and baked goods made with fair trade ingredients. You might even want to bake a little extra something and Bake it Forward (when you give someone baked goods made with fair trade ingredients).  

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