For 23 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers has collected non-perishable food donations along postal routes across the nation on the second Saturday of May, and delivered them to local food banks. In 2014 the letter carriers collected more than 72 million pounds of food. In Mercer County, donations from Hamilton, Hopewell, Pennington, Princeton, Robbinsville and Trenton residents will be delivered to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.
“Stamp out Hunger is one of the most important annual food drives for the Food Bank,” said Rucha Gadre, director of the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. “The food donations from this event are used to stock our shelves for the summer, a time when food insecurity increases significantly for children from low-income families. Many of the children get free breakfast and lunch at school during the school year, but when school is out, they don’t get those meals anymore.”
Donating food to Stamp out Hunger is as easy as mailing a letter — and it doesn’t require a stamp. Put non-perishable food items in plastic or paper containers in a sturdy bag next to your mailbox or the place where your mail is delivered and the letter carrier will pick them up. The following is a list of suggested non-perishable food items to donate: Canned tuna, canned chicken or canned salmon, single-serving fruit cups, soup, microwaveable meals, peanut butter, jam or jelly, and oatmeal packets. No glass items please.
The Mercer Street Friends Food Bank is the largest source of government and privately donated food for hunger relief programs in Mercer County. In 2014, Mercer Street Friends supplied 2.5 million pounds of food and groceries to a network of 60 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and meal programs and helped to feed more than 25,000 children and adults.