POST OFFICES COLLECTING FOOD TO STAMP OUT HUNGER

Food Barrels in Post Offices May 11 – 17

Every year the United States Postal Service lends a special hand in their communities by hosting the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive”.  In the Wood River Valley the food drive will take place for a full week May 11th -17th .

When you visit your local post office in Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum or Sun Valley, be sure to bring along an item or two of healthy, non-perishable foods.  You’ll see The Hunger Coalition’s yellow food collection bins at each location and the hope is to fill them up a few times over.   “The number of clients we are seeing lately has really risen in this time of slack and we’re grateful for the donations we get to help serve them,” says Naomi Spence, Program Director at The Hunger Coalition.

Generally a single day initiative in most locations, last year’s food drive picked up more than 70 million pounds of non-perishable food donations around the U.S. making it the country’s largest one-day food collection effort.  Given that the majority of mail in the Wood River Valley is delivered at post offices versus at home, our local offices have decided to host the food drive for a full week to give everyone a chance to get involved.

In its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is held each May because this is a traditionally difficult time for food banks across the country, when need is high but food donations are low.  It is no different here in the Wood River Valley.  With slack fully arrived, The Hunger Coalition is seeing high numbers at Mobile Food Bank distributions in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue.  Help support your neighbors in need and “Stamp Out Hunger” here in Blaine County.

For a list of the most needed food items, visit The Hunger Coalition’s website at www.thehungercoalition.org.

If you are in need of assistance, call The Hunger Coalition today at 788.0121.

The Hunger Coalition strives to end hunger in our community by providing wholesome food to those in need and by promoting solutions to the underlying causes of hunger through collaboration, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.thehungercoalition.org.