Every May, letter carriers in cities all over the United States participate in the largest single-day food drive in the nation. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive involves thousands of Post Office branches, and mailmen and women, in all 50 states and Washington D.C. Letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to community food banks, pantries, and shelters in our community. It is a simple and easy way to help those who face hunger every day in our community.
Over the last few years, I have come to know many of these people. Individuals who have experienced job loss, financial distress, and despair. Families that battle daily just to put a meal on the table. Children whose stomachs rumble and tumble as they try to sleep at night. I know these people. I have had the opportunity to look into their eyes. I have heard their stories. They are people who you know too. People that you speak with at work, at a youth sports event, and at your church. They struggle and you never know it. These individuals are a part of the 50 million people who face hunger every day in America. Crazy number isn’t it? Well, you should know that almost 17 million of them are innocent children. We cannot be okay with these statistics. We cannot sit back and pretend that it doesn’t happen. It happens and in an instant you could be in the same situation.
We prepared a small bag of non-perishable items and placed it at our mailbox. We donated some canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, and boxes of rice. It wasn’t much, but it was something. Someone once said that “chips make chunks” and in this situation that is true. If every person who has a mailbox (think about that number for a minute) donated two or three items every May, we could truly stamp out hunger in our communities.
This week we didn’t invest a ton of time with a nonprofit serving. We simply made a food donation. We thought it was important to shine a light on this yearly event. It is the largest one-day food drive in the country and it could be much larger, more impactful, if more people knew about and more people took action.
Now you know. What will you do? Will you help “Stamp Out Hunger” next year?