Friday, May 01, 2009

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Put this on your calendar, America: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is coming up. HSP, where I work, gets food from the Stamp Out Hunger Drive, which happens on Saturday, May 9. Food from this drive largely fuels our Feed the Kids summer nutrition program.

Lots of food pantries need your help. Simply leave your donation next to your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up if your local office is participating. Call yours to see. Sadly, some are not. If that’s the case, Google food pantry and the name of your town and then take your donation to a local agency who needs it. Feeding America has a pantry locator too.

What should you donate? Peanut butter and jelly (our shelves are pretty bare), hearty soups, pasta, pancake mix requiring no eggs, syrup, cereal, tuna, coffee (we never get enough of this), mayonnaise, ketchup, canned tomatoes, canola oil, oatmeal, juice (V-8 is my favorite), crackers, Ensure, and low-sodium or sugarless products.

No glass or expired products. That’s really all you need to know. Except . . . there are so many in our country who really do need food. I talk to people everyday looking for help. Shouldn’t be this way. Not in America. Go forth and donate.


Naomi said...

I agree it's so sad to see people going hungry in this day and age Sheila. We need to do everything we can to stamp it out. Hope you get lots of donations.

Imee said...

This is a really great idea. I've participated in a couple of food drives before, and I really think it's a great cause to donate to. Although... I'm not very fond of bottled/canned/processed goods, since I think healthy options should be given. However, given the circumstances, food with longer shelf life is better than nothing.

Sheila said...

The nonprofit I work for does give fresh produce, frozen meat, and bread in addition to the nonperishable food. Lots of our senior citizens are diabetic. One senior lost 106 pounds and credits it to our organization providing her with fresh, healthy food.